10/10/2013 12:52 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Shadow Of The Bear Is A Truly Bizarre Annual Phenomenon

Stuck in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina sits Cashiers, a town known for not much besides a bizarre annual phenomenon called "Shadow of the Bear."

On the side of the 4,930-foot Whiteside Mountain, an enormous "bear" casts its shadow for 30 minutes (starting at 5:30pm).

The shadow shows up each day from late October through early November (and makes a reappearance from mid-February to early March).

Over the years, the "bear" has become a major draw for tourists who are, presumably, already in the area to take in some scenic fall foliage. The best place to view the shadow is off Highway 64 at Rhodes Big View Overlook.

If you're not headed down that way in time for the shadow, you can see it below.

shadow of the bear

Photo: Jerry Jaynes/Getty



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