Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center

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34574 Smiths Ferry Rd., Franklin, VA 23851 34574 Smiths Ferry Rd., Franklin Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed All Hours
+17575168774
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  • Hours
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon-Tue
    Closed
    Wed-Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 2 months ago
Never got to go there..it was closed down for good..still haven't gotten a refund...
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Report | 7 months ago
It was closed down and I had to get compensated for the purchase. Apparently, PETA got is closed down.
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Report | a year ago
It's a small, intimate park. A variety of animals are housed there from exotic to domestic. The center is kept very clean and the help is passionate about their jobs. It's a wonderful day trip from Hampton roads. The admission price is worth it because you know you are benefiting the center.
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Report | a year ago
I love the natural setting ; the freedom to watch and photograph the animals. Everyone is so pleasant and knowledgeable I will certainly return many times. I didn't see any Bear Path T shirts. I would like to buy one. I tell everyone about it. I so appreciate it. Thank you.
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Report | a year ago
Small place but a lot of differnt snimal species. The people were very nice and knowledgeable. Great for small kids.
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Report | a year ago
Some of the animals were very friendly; however, they appeared to be drugged. My family and I did enjoyed the experience and may go back someday. I was a little concern that the facility was not maintained well.
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Report | a year ago
Great experience! and very knowledgeable staff.
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Report | a year ago
Take your own sliced apples, they charge $3 for a tiny pail. The animals looke sick and they are in a tiny closure. It was actually sad to see them there.
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Report | a year ago
Nice experience. Many different species.
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Report | a year ago
The animals were friendly to feed and my children enjoyed it!!
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From Our Editors

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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Bear Path Acres Animal Education Center

Sun
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Tue
Closed
Wed-Sat
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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