Devil’s Courthouse Drive & Hike

Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate

Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 400’ up / 400’ down

Starting Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center; then drive south as a group on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mile Marker 422.5 (about 25 miles to Pinnacle trailhead)

Start Time: 9:30 a.m. (Safety Briefing at 9:45 a.m.)

End Time: Approximately 2:00 p.m. at Mile Marker 422.5 (a few miles south of Mount Pisgah)

Hike Description: Devil's Courthouse (5,270’) has a short slightly steep paved trail climbing a half-mile to its peak with wonderful panoramic mountain views from the summit of this jagged, rocky, towering mountain. The mountain’s views are easily some of the best off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville and include four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Devil’s Courthouse, legend holds, is where a devil holds court in a cave deep within the mountain – and is also thought to be named for the summit’s face-like profile with malevolent-looking features. Regardless of legend, the mountain’s landscape is simply gorgeous, and the breeze carries the sweet scent of fresh air, balsam, and rich forest. Moss, fern, and rhododendron line the trail’s sides as it continues the climb to the summit.

Devil's Courthouse is home to rare and delicate high-altitude plants. As we walk the route to the summit, we will 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 timing of this hike was chosen to maximize our chances of seeing the Broad Wing Hawks migrate south for the winter. On average, 400-500 Hawks fly past this area daily during late September. Our group picnic lunch will occur after the hike in the grassy area near the car park, please bring a chair!

Hiking Gear:

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Backpack or Daypack
  • Rain Gear
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat & Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Communications Radio (optional)
  • Lunch with Plenty of Water

Event Properties

Event Date 09-28-2022 9:30 am
Registration Start Date 08-15-2022 12:00 pm
Capacity 15
Registered 0
Available place 15