Mountain Shadow Features Beloved Bear

Whiteside Mountain is a beloved local landmark for Cashiers and the surrounding area. With an elevation of 4,930 feet, it boasts sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. With its iconic rock faces, views, and abundant foliage there’s no wonder this mountain is a year-round spectacle.

There is one seasonal display, however, that adds to the Mountain’s show. Coming out of hibernation each Autumn, “The Shadow of the Bear” is visible for 30 minutes on sunny days between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. from mid-October through early November due to the setting of the autumnal sun behind the mountain.

Visible from the “Rhodes Big View Overlook” off Highway 64, the Bear starts with a small dark shadow at the bottom of the valley, and it grows ever larger seemingly evolving from a turtle to a cat to a floppy-eared dog-- finally revealing itself as a Bear. 

While this occurrence is worth seeing, be aware and cautious of busy highway traffic when parking and leaving the site.

Th Rhodes Big View Overlook and parcel of land is protected in perpetuity by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust for the benefit of the public, thanks to the generosity of the Raoul Alstaetter-Rhodes family who donated the land in October of 2006. This year marks the 12th anniversary of preservation. For more historic information about the overlook and how it was acquired by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, click here.

Click here to view footage of the Shadow of the Bear provided by Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. 

2018 Annual Meeting & Celebration

The Chamber's Annual Meeting and Celebration will be held Thursday, November 15 at the Orchard Restaurant Event Barn from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This ticketed event with abundant hors d'oeuvres, beverage and entertainment allows the community to come together to recognize retiring Chamber board members, new Chamber board appointees, Chamber board elected officers, and celebrate all community developments from the year while enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Winners of the Annual Spirit of Our Community Awards will be announced during the evening.

Chamber members are invited to purchase tickets starting October 25.


Cashiers Small Area Plan Update - September 2018

A Cashiers Small Area Plan Draft has been completed by Jackson County consulting team Stewart Consulting and Friction Shift Projects. The document provides the Village of Cashiers with goals and strategies relevant to land use, transportation, utilities, natural resources, economic development including pedestrian safety, housing and other key area factors based on response and participation from the community. The Jackson County Planning Department hosted a three-day Small Area Plan Workshop in June of 2018 for Cashiers Area residents, business owners and stakeholders to provide input on key factors for future area planning and economic growth in the Cashiers Commercial District and surrounding area. The open-house style charrette, presentations and seminars were held at the Glenville-Cashiers Community Rec Center June 4-6 and provided generous opportunity for community members to share visions for progression. A small area plan survey for Cashiers community members provided additional opportunity for input.

View the full draft plan here and stay up-to-date with all Jackson County's Planning efforts on A review of the plan is expected to take place at the October Cashiers Planning Council meeting.

Photo Credit: Alan Rhew, PlateauPro

New Visitor Center Sign Installed at Chamber Location

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority are delighted with the creation and installation of new chevron “Visitor Center” signage to promote the Chamber offices as the southern-most visitor center location for Jackson County. The sign, strategically designed to coordinate with existing area signage, was produced and installed by AGM Signs located in Sapphire, NC.

The low hanging sign is designed to be visible to both East and Westbound traffic traveling on US Hwy 64 to and from the Crossroads and was coordinated with the Cashiers Valley Garden Club who generously manage the location’s landscaping.


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