Shadow of the Bear, Cashiers North Carolina Visitor Guide

Shadow of the Bear, Cashiers & Highlands

Here's a unique fall leaf-looking experience in the North Carolina mountains! Go bear hunting near Highlands and 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. Look for the Rhodes Big View Overlook (no signs, but an obvious place to enjoy the view anytime) on Highway 64 a few miles west of Cashiers (about five miles east of Highlands).

Shadow of the Bear

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, boasts 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. Also visit the many nearby waterfalls.

Directions from Asheville: I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit to Brevard. Then follow U.S. 64 to Cashiers. Very scenic drive, but many curves b/w Brevard and Cashiers. Allow 2.5 hours to drive. 68 miles.

Beautiful Jackson County is west of Asheville and includes the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire. In addition to great small towns to visit,... read more
Highlands has been a mountain respite for over a century allowing our visitors to unwind while being treated to the finest amenities. Highlands is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi... read more
There are many waterfalls near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina, that are easily seen and enjoyed. Many of these are located along US... read more