The Bear Shadow, viewed from the Rhodes Big View, protected by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. The shadow forms every October and February between 5:30 and 6:00 pm as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain
A High South area fall (and winter) treat is the annual ‘shadow of the bear’! This phenomenon takes place near Whiteside Mountain where the autumn light creates a shadow shaped like a bear.
The shadow of the bear shows up from mid-October through early November and again mid-February until early March as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain between Sapphire Valley and Highlands.
This special event attracts visitors and local residents alike, many hoping to capture a good photograph. Finding the ideal conditions for a good picture can be hit or miss, however, if the weather cooperates, the view of the valley and that of the bear are worth the effort. Be careful! There is little room on the side of the road and the overlook may draw a big crowd. Arrive early with a small, folding chair is recommended.