Devil's Courthouse Trail

At A Glance


0.4 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.4
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Few Obstacles
Other Map ID: BRP MP 422.4
Hikes That Use This Trail: Devil's Courthouse


This steep but half-paved path leads to the top of the spectacular Devil's Courthouse. It travels through a high-elevation, spruce-fir forest to an enclosed overlook area at the summit. Identifier plaques on the overlook walls allow you to align your views and find the names of nearby peaks and landmarks.

Devil's Courthouse used to be a popular rock climbing destination, but has been closed due to the fragile habitat that exists on and around the rock cliffs, including nesting sites for the Peregrine Falcon. Not only that, but it's a 200 ft sheer drop over the edge. It is illegal to leave the established trail and marked overlook in this area.

Intersecting Trails

  • Devil's Courthouse Connector
  • This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 trails list page.

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    Devil's Courthouse - Parking to Connector

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.3 mi

    Devil's Courthouse - Connector to Summit

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.15 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 0.45 mi

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    Average Rating: 5.0 (rated 2 times)

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    Jan M. said: It is convenient to have a paved walkway, but it is very steep and could be challenging to anyone not physically fit. But well worth the excertion.

    Saturday, May 12 2018 5:53pm

    Azoraa Tre'lok said: The walk was not too long and had a couple of benches along the steeper climb. The peak has a stone wall around the edge to keep you from going off the side but you can sit on top of the edge if you like heights. Amazing view from there. I was able to get back to the parking lot from the summit in 8 minutes.

    Friday, June 12 2015 4:36pm
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