Shadow of the Bear, Cashiers, N.C.

Each fall, the side of Highway 64 near Cashiers becomes a location for one of the most unique autumn experiences in the country – the Shadow of the Bear. This naturally occurring phenomenon makes an appearance for just 30 minutes on sunny days at 5:30 p.m. mid-October through early November. This small dark shadow at the bottom of the valley grows until it finally evolves into the bear.

As the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain (elevation of 4,930 feet) it also provides a splendid viewing of the fall color. The best viewing spot for the shadow is at Rhodes Big View Overlook, right off Highway 64.