Bear Hollow is a facility of the ACC Department of Leisure Services. Since it's creation in the late 1940's, the zoo has undergone many changes having started as a private collection of wild animals, which had been donated to the Athens zoo. Currently, the zoo contains only non-releasable native wildlife housed in natural habitat exhibits. The zoo is always growing and changing thanks to community support through volunteers and donations,yet it always remains committed to conservation through the education of its visitors. By educating the public, by allowing even one person to forge a lasting connection with an animal, Bear Hollow helps motivate people to protect wildlife and the habitats that they depend upon.Plan your visit to Bear Hollow Zoo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Athens journey planner.
Bear Hollow relies heavily upon donations and the commitment of many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or helping the zoo in any way, please contact us!
Bear Hollow Zoo reviews
This little zoo is super sweet for little ones. It's fabulous that everything is free. The heavily treed environment is lovely. This "zoo" is so little you don't need much time to stop in to say hi..... more »
My kids loved getting to visit. It's small but wonderful considering that it's free. After visiting the zoo, we took a short hike along Birchmore Nature Trail loop, which starts near the entrance to..... more »
Keep up the great work Beer Hollow. We visited this place while checking out Athens, it’s free close by and it’s amazing what they do. Great for kids, wheelchair accessible and just plain fun in nature.
Have loved this place for years. Shady, quiet, and free zoo. Next to a lovely lake and community athletic facility. Pool open seasonally.Dont miss the lively antics of the river otters-sure to make you smile!
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