Last summer I was staying at the Tricorner Knob Shelter in the Smokies. After walking 15 some miles I finally made it to the shelter and a group of guys were also staying there and asked me if I saw a bear on my way in. I said I did not. 5 minutes later I'm pulling food out of my pack and for some random reason I looked to my left and at least 10 yards away a bear is sitting in front of a tree staring at me. I look back at the guys that asked me the question and asked while pointing, "did you mean this bear?" This stupid 300 pound bear (I'm guessing) wouldn't leave after we try to scare him off. We eventually scared him off by throwing rocks around him (not hitting him directly) and pounding on the tin roof of the shelter with sticks. Here a few pictures of him before he ran off. The next morning I left the shelter and ascended up to Mt. Guyot (2nd highest point in Tennessee) and Old Black Mountain only to find fresh bear turd about quarter mile from the shelter. Darn thing kept hanging within the vicinity of the shelter. It freaked me out that he wasn't super scared of us. About 9 miles away or so at Cosby Knob Shelter it was shut down by the rangers due to bear activities. I was paranoid as heck the remaining 8 some miles hike back to the car. I kept looking around me as I walked.