Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center

Charity & Grassroots
34574 Smiths Ferry Rd., Franklin, VA 23851 34574 Smiths Ferry Rd., Franklin Directions
+17575168774
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Report | 2 months ago
Wear boots and enjoy the up close and personal view of the variety of animals. Compact sanctuary with happy habitats. We plan to visit often with our grandbaby!
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Report | 5 months ago
This was a very good family outing. It's nice to see endangered, exotic animals being cared for and nurtured in a peaceful
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Report | 5 months ago
We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return.
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Report | 6 months ago
Think of more as a cross between a backyard sanctuary for exotic animals that would otherwise be euthanized and a farm animal petting zoo. What they need to really do it right is a few million dollars. They have saved a number of exotic animals and it is clear they take good care of the animals. You will learn a lot about the animals if you take the time to talk with caregivers.
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Report | 6 months ago
Ask lots of questions, as the host or hostess can be informative!
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Report | 6 months ago
Cool small zoo. Food to feed animals is $3.00 per pale. They usually feed animals between 3:30pm and close 5:00pm. It's cool to see them feed all of the big cats (lions, tigers, panthers, ect.)
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Report | 7 months ago
Bring cash to feed to animals. The cost is $3 a bucket. I love this place!
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Report | 8 months ago
The staff there was so friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great experience and enjoyed learning about the animals.
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Report | 8 months ago
It's small and out of the way but it has interesting animals and the people there are very friendily and knowledgeable. It a nice little road trip to do with your kids
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Report | 8 months ago
Staff was extremely helpful and knowledgable. Make sure to buy the feed buckets to feed the barn animals. Kids had a blast.
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Shug the grizzly bear didn't always love the spotlight. Before coming to Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center, she was claustrophobic, and accustomed to eating fried chicken instead of a more natural diet of deer. It took months of enrichment and training with the center's owner, Debbie Jeter, to coax Shug out of her shell. Today, however, Shug happily wanders her large enclosure, performing tricks for visitors when the mood strikes her.

Shug is one of many animals at the nonprofit center. Her companions include a tiger, foxes, tortoises, wolves, and even a striped skunk. Though the fauna vary by species, they share a single mission: to educate people on the wonders of wildlife and conservation. Guests can observe the animals during regular hours, or sign up for a twilight tour, during which the nocturnal creatures are more active and less prone to shout "Hey, pipe down!"

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