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Devil's Courthouse | by David Hopkins Photography
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Devil's Courthouse

This is the view that I saw of Devil's Courthouse from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County, NC.


Devil's Courthouse may have received its name because of the sinister aspect of the rock formation, or because, as legend holds, the devil held court in the cave that lies beneath the rock. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla.


Devil's Courthouse provides habitat for a variety of rare, high-altitude plants. Some of these alpine species may be remnants from the last glacial period. Hawks, ravens, vultures, eagles, and peregrine falcons ride the hot air currents that rise from the valley.

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Taken on July 20, 2010