Devil's Courthouse
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
hike difficulty
hike difficulty
Duration 1 hour
Elevation Gain 300 ft.
State North Carolina
Park/Forest Pisgah National Forest
Parking Fee None
Blaze None
Nearby City Brevard, NC
Trailhead Coord. 35.305031, -82.899459

With such an imposing name, the Devil’s Courthouse hike is a short trip to some outstanding views from a large stone observation deck. Not one to be missed by travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this mostly paved path allows those of all shapes and sizes a chance to take in a beautiful hike and a summit that provides views into four states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The moderately sized parking lot is located between milepost 422 and 423 along the parkway on the south side of the Devil’s Courthouse tunnel. From this overlook, the summit is directly in front of you atop the protruding cliff face. Posted signs provide history and elevation information and point you in the direction of the path.

The hike begins as a paved path and will remain so until the last tenth of a mile. Following briefly along the parkway, the trail turns into the woods just before coming to the Devil’s Courthouse tunnel. From here, the trail keeps a steady, however steep, ascent until the summit. Along the way are several benches for those that need to take a pit stop. Erosion control “speed bumps” line the path along this section. A sharp right turn provides a small overlook, better so in winter. Shortly afterward, the pavement ends, giving way to compact dirt and gravel from here to the top. Pass a flight of stone steps and step up to the large stone overlook area.

The large overlook provides massive, almost 3600 views. On clear days you can see into the surrounding four states. There are three elevation markers with guides to identify the surrounding mountains. Take your eyes down the level of the center cone, which represents your current location, and align it with the other cones on the marker to identify notable peaks.

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Trailhead Coordinates
35.305031, -82.899459 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°18.3, W 82°53.97 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°18'18'', W 82°53'58'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
The overlook and parking lot is between milepost 422 and 423 along the Blue Ridge Parkway on the south side of the Devil's Courthouse tunnel.


Ranger District Information
Pisgah Ranger District
1600 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Other Information
For more information about Pisgah National Forest, visit the USDA park site: