Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

The Shadow of the Bear

The Shadow of the Bear is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the weeks of mid-October through the early weeks of November.  (Photo by Jeremy Wilson)

The Shadow of the Bear is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the weeks of mid-October through the early weeks of November. (Photo by Jeremy Wilson)

 

By JEREMY WILSON

 

The Shadow of the Bear is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the weeks of mid-October through the early weeks of November. The Shadow of the Bear is a shadow that appears at the base of Whiteside Mountain, and grows into the shape of a black bear.

Whiteside Mountain is located in Highlands. Clear skies are a must in order to see the shadow unfold. Whiteside Mountain is a place that Cherokees considered a sacred place for bears. It is also a place that is home to the legendary Spearfinger. The shadow only lasts for 30 minutes and can also be seen during the month of February.