Some of my fondest memories of visiting Grandfather Mountain were of course the bridge and the views, but most importantly – the bears. I remember being young and seeing the black bears in their natural habitat, roaming around the mountain, and us, as children, being mesmerized by this (somewhat) terrifying creature that was also absolutely adorable.

If you want to know more about Mildred, you can read Hugh’s book, Mildred the Bear. Bonus: there are adorable pictures included! Mildred certainly lived up to her reputation, “the bear that didn’t know she was a bear.”

Have you been to the wildlife habitat at Grandfather, or do you have any Mildred stories of your own?

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