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 | 10 days 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 | 11 days 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 | 11 days 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 | 13 days ago
If you would like to feed animals take extra money to buy from the educaton center
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Report | a month ago
Great experience! and very knowledgeable staff.
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Report | a month 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 month ago
Nice experience. Many different species.
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Report | a month ago
The animals were friendly to feed and my children enjoyed it!!
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Report | a month ago
Awesome zoo! It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's a whole different world inside! The volunteers who work there are wonderful!
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Report | 2 months ago
Took the kids and they had a great time. The outside appearance had us Leary at first, but once we got through the gate it was very nice. The staff is very friendly.
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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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