Devil's Courthouse - Hiking

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On the edge of the Pisgah Ledge, a towering crest which looms high above the valley floor, local lore claims the Devil holds court in a cave at the base of a sinister looking rock face. His toils and trials were such a waste – he should have climbed to the top - the view is heavenly!

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Steven Reinhold


1.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

26.8 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

It won't take long to hike up there, but you will want to spend some time exploring!


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Dog Friendly


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Devil's Courthouse



The Devil's Courthouse towers ominously above the beautifully delicate pink beds of the Pisgah National Forest. At its summit a sinister looking rock formation is the stage for a devilish local legend. Folklore tells of a cave at the cliff's base which the Devil himself used as a Cliffside courthouse. He certainly did miss a heavenly view from the top, a view so grand it showcases four states! The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the ridgeline near The Courthouse and gives view seekers a chance to access its summit by ascending a steep .5 mile trail. The paved trail begins at the Devil’s Courthouse overlook and ascends through lush mountaintop forestry on its way to the 5,720’ summit.

What Makes It Great

The eastern side of the Pisgah Ledge drops precipitously into the flat and sprawling expanse of the River Valley. The gnarled rock formation that makes up The Courthouse’s summit juts out from the side of the ridgeline providing uninterrupted views. From the peak lucky on lookers can see SC, NC, GA and TN. A plaque on the mountain’s summit commemorates this notable sight-seeing opportunity as it directs one’s view towards all of the states.

Who is Going to Love It

The Devil’s Courthouse is a canvas that photographer’s dreams are made of. This quick-hit is literally right off the side of the Parkway. Only a half mile walk gives way to long-range summit views of sunrises and sunsets, as well as lunar and stellar phenomena. Weather rolls up and over the Pisgah Ledge with ferocity. The rapidly moving cloud cover and ever changing light at the tail end of a storm make for incredible photo-ops from the Parkway Overlook.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Reaching The Devil’s Courthouse from Asheville involves a one hour scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Diamond Brand Outdoors’ new location on Hendersonville Rd sits right beside the Parkway. Check out their new store and gather up any last minute supplies before heading south on the Parkway. After passing through the Devil’s Courthouse Tunnel a parking area will appear on your left at milepost 422.4. The trail to The Courthouse’s summit begins from the overlook.

There is no fee for use of the trail but special regulations do apply to this area. A fragile, high altitude, ecosystem exists on the Rock Face; Rock Gnome Lichen, Spreading Avens and Peregrine Falcons call The Devil's Courthouse home. Please respect the delicate plant and animal life by staying on the trail at all times and restricting your summit experience to the pedestrian overlook. 


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