Devil's Courthouse, Pisgah Forest

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Devil's Courthouse is a mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina in the United States of America. The mountain is located at the Western edge of the Pisgah National Forest about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Brevard and 28 miles (45 kilometers) southwest of Asheville. Located at milepost 422.4 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Devil's Courthouse has a moderate/strenuous trail climbing a half mile to its peak where panoramic views can be seen.
Cherokee lore had been reported to state that Jutaculla, a slant eyed giant, dwells in the cave in Devil's Courthouse. However James Mooney, the Cherokee anthropologist, 100 years earlier located Jutaculla to Tanasee Bald where Haywood, Jackson, and Transylvania counties meet. Tanasee Bald is 1.5 miles southwest.
Folk tales say that the devil holds court in the chambers of the cave.
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  • Paved trail make this an easy hike for most although it's at about a 30 degree grade uphill. The views on a clear day extend forever. However, there are too many idiots that cross the overlook and ven...  more »
  • Devil's Courthouse is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 422.4 and is a must stop as you drive along the Parkway. The view from the parking area is amazing but doesn't compare to the view at the ...  more »
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  • Really cool, worth the trip. The hike isn't much in terms of distance, but it is steep and the terrain gets a little harsh in the last portion. Not dangerous by any means, but just know that it is not a "walk in the park". We went on a day when it was sunny at first, but weather changes very quickly up there...by the time we got back down to leave, cloud mists were blowing through and it was raining like crazy. The view on this day was obscured by nearly total cloud cover. Still worth it. Enjoy.
  • Had some things in my head and in my heart. Went there to let it go and that's where it is. I left it there. Great place, beautiful,

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