ElevationAscent: 288' 88 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,751' 1,753 m
Low: 5,463' 1,665 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Devils Courthouse is one of the most prominent/recognizable mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 422.4”— Jake TheDawg
The trail follows the BRP for a short while and then proceeds into the woods. It heads up a steady ascent of approximately 290 feet. The first half of the trail is paved with benches to sit and rest. Just before the pavement ends, a connector trail comes in from the left. This unmarked connector goes over the tunnel to the Mountain-to-Sea Trail: Segment 2.
Continue following the paved trail up towards the summit. You'll see several small paths off to the left that have been created by visitors leaving the main trail to see the views along the way. Once the pavement ends, the tail turns to rock with several rock staircases with railings. You'll pop out of the woods to the summit with spectacular panoramic views. There are two markers at the top that point out the various mountains surrounding you.
The return trip is simple; just go back the way you came. Make sure you stay on the asphalt to avoid the connector trail to the MST.
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