This article addresses the issue of Bears and Copperheads – common concerns in the North Georgia Mountains.
Worth the read. Many thanks to the Lake Burton Homeowners Association and Bill Russell, the author of the article!
The bottomline is that they live in the mountains. That’s their home. If you leave food out (garbage), they will come. If you mess around under bushes or in English Ivy, without looking at what you are doing, you are asking for trouble.
Big takeaway is that the non-poisonous snakes eat the poisonous ones, and it is actually against the law the kill the good guys, so please leave them alone.
Don’t worry. They don’t like you any more than you do them. Leave them alone, and they will most probably leave.
Finally, don’t mess with the bears!
We have been up at the Lake for over 30 years and have only seen one.
Again, take your garbage to the dump, and they will have no reason to visit you during your stay.