Devil's Courthouse

Coordinates: 35°18′09″N 82°53′44″W / 35.3025°N 82.895556°W / 35.3025; -82.895556
Devil's Courthouse
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Highest point
Elevation5,720 ft (1,740 m)
Coordinates35°18′9″N 82°53′44″W / 35.30250°N 82.89556°W / 35.30250; -82.89556
LocationTransylvania County, North Carolina, U.S.
Parent rangeAppalachian Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Sam Knob
Easiest routeHike

Devil's Courthouse is a mountain in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina in the United States of America.[1] 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 (kilometer 679.8 km) 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.

View atop Devil's Courthouse looking south. On clear days, four states can be seen: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina.[2]

Myth of Judaculla[edit]

Cherokee lore had been reported to state that Jutaculla (alternative English spelling is Judaculla; Cherokee name is Tsul'kălû'), a slant eyed giant, dwells in the cave in Devil's Courthouse.[3] However James Mooney, the Cherokee anthropologist, 100 years earlier located Jutaculla to Tanasee Bald[4] where Haywood, Jackson, and Transylvania counties meet. Tanasee Bald is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest.[5] Unconfirmed rumors state that the Cherokee used the formation as a platform for capital punishment.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Devil's Courthouse Tunnel
  2. ^ "Review of Devil's Courthouse Trail". Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  3. ^ Setzer, Lynn (October 31, 1999). "Once upon a time ..." The Raleigh News & Observer. Full text Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ellison, George; Mooney, James E. (1992). James Mooney's history, myths, and sacred formulas of the Cherokees: containing the full texts of Myths of the Cherokee (1900) and The sacred formulas of the Cherokees (1891) as published by the Bureau of American Ethnology: with a new biographical introduction, James Mooney and the eastern Cherokees. Asheville, NC: Bright Mountain Books (Historical Images). ISBN 0-914875-19-1. p 479
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tanasee Bald

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