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Devil's Courthouse, North Carolina

Also See: Blue Ridge Parkway | Graveyard Fields | Black Balsam Knob | Looking Glass Rock | Mt. Pisgah |
Waterrock Knob
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Devil's Courthouse NC
See four states from atop Devil's Courthouse

 

Devil's CourthouseLocated at milepost 422.4 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Devil's Courthouse has a short but strenuous trail climbing a half mile to its peak with wonderful panoramic mountain views (see photo above). The mostly paved trail starts from the overlook parking area beside the mountain.

According to the sign at the overlook, the bare rock profile named Devil's Courthouse is sinister in appearance and legend. Its "devilish" look has contributed to the many folk tales surrounding this mountain. Within the mountain is a cave where, legend claims, the devil holds court. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla. Despite its name and reputation, Devil's Courthouse is home to rare and delicate high-altitude plants.

If you walk the one-half-mile route to the summit, please stay on the trail to protect rare plants, like the Rock Gnome Lichen and the Spreading Avens. Some of these alpine species may be remnants from the last glacial period. The panoramic view from the summit includes four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

The Devil’s Courthouse is 5,720 feet at the peak. Nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway are Graveyard Fields, Black Balsam Knob and Richland Balsam. On the back side of the mountain is beautiful Courthouse Falls, an easy hike from NC Highway 215.

 

Devil's Courthouse NC
Fall view from Devil's Courthouse

Devil's Courthouse, Blue Ridge Parkway
Summer view on a clear day

Devil's Courthouse
Looking down on the parking area on the Parkway

Devil's Courthouse Fall
One of the best views in the North Carolina mountains

Devil's Courthouse
The view of Devil's Courthouse from the overlook parking area.

Devil's Courthouse summit
Hiking on the rocky top of Devil's Courthouse - be very careful!

 

     
     

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