Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Devil's Courthouse Is A Spectacular Hike

The Devil’s Courthouse, at milepost 422.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, presides over some of the most spectacular views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Devil’s Courthouse has a short but strenuous trail climbing a half mile to its peak where panoramic views can be seen. The mostly paved trail starts from the overlook beside the mountain. 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. The view from the top is spectacular. It's a great place to watch the sunset.

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.

This rugged mountaintop is home to a variety of rare and exotic plants, such as Spreading Avens and Rock Gnome Lichen. To help protect these delicate plants always stay on the trail when hiking the steep half-mile route to the bare rock summit.

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