Devil's Courthouse, NC (5-30-12) - dwhike
The trail to the top of Devil's Courthouse is short, only about a half-mile, but ascends around 400-feet in that short distance making the hike a decent workout...

Devil's Courthouse (5,720') is one of the most recognizable summits along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville and the Smokies. A short half-mile path ascends the 400 or so vertical feet from the parking area to the summit and, as you might expect, is quite busy on most clear days. The summit rises nearly 3,000 vertical feet above the valleys to the south and is surrounded to the north and west by peaks rising to over 6,000 feet providing those with the ambition to climb it a stunning panorama from the top. There's only so many shots one can take along a half mile trail but this album should give you a good idea of what the Courthouse has to offer on a sunny, early summer's afternoon...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.305191, -82.899487

Hike Length: 1.0 miles                   Hike Duration: 0:45

Trailhead Temp: 70'F

Min. Elevation: 5,400'                    Max. Elevation: 5,750'

Total Vertical Gain: 350'                 Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 350'