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Devil’s Courthouse



Devil’s Courthouse, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, presides over some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From the top of Devil’s Courthouse at 5,720 feet, visitors can see into South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee in a 360-degree panorama.

Devil’s Courthouse may have received its name because of the sinister aspect of the rock formation, or because, as legend holds, the devil held court in the cave that lies beneath the rock. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla.

Devil’s Courthouse provides habitat for a variety of rare, high-altitude plants. Some of these alpine species may be remnants from the last glacial period. Hawks, ravens, vultures, eagles, and peregrine falcons ride the hot air currents that rise from the valley.


  •  Devils Courthouse sits at an Elevation of 5720 ft on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  •  Located at Mile Post 422.4 w/overlook from parking lot as well as at summit
  •  20 minute walk/hike up a partially paved trail to summit & overlook, with short but fairly steep incline half way through
  •  View 4 states from overlook NC, SC, GA & TN
  •  Informative “plaques” at the summit’s overlook with distances to well-known peaks both near and far
  •  Picnic Table near parking lot


  • Category
    Hiking & Waterfalls, National Parks, Outdoors Adventures in the NC Smokies
  • Location
  • Tags
    Blue Ridge Parkway, Hiking, national park


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  • By Jena Sowers
  • Email: info@visitncsmokies.com

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