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Shadow of the Bear -- Cashiers, NC

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    • Shadow of the Bear -- Cashiers, NC

      i've hiked whiteside mountain (not far in north carolina from the georgia border) twice but i didn't know about the bear. whiteside mountain is a nice hike, albeit very popular.



      Find a unique fall leaf-looking experience in the North Carolina mountains in Jackson County! Go bear "hunting" near Cashiers and "shoot" one with your camera. The “shadow of the bear” is visible for 30 minutes daily (on sunny days!) between 5:30-6:15 PM from mid October through early November. Watch from the Rhodes Big View Overlook on scenic US Highway 64 a few miles west of Cashiers and five miles east of Highlands.

      During this period, the bear-like shadow comes out of hibernation when the autumnal sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain (read more about the fabulous hike atop Whiteside Mountain). The mountain, with an elevation of 4,930 feet, has sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. It provides a splendid setting for viewing leaves throughout autumn, especially during the emergence of the bear.

      Tourists and photographers come from near and far to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon, which also occurs in late winter from mid February through early March.
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