Devil’s Courthouse & Frying Pan Tower Hike

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Devil’s Courthouse & Frying Pan Tower Hike

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Looking for two shorter hikes with epic mountain views?  The Devil’s Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike make the perfect day trip from Asheville.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

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A few weeks ago the Hubs and I decided to make the most out of pretty mountain summer day and went hiking!  Since I was about 12 weeks pregnant at the time, we were looking for shorter hikes that wouldn’t be too hard on my body and wouldn’t put us super deep into the woods in case I started feeling bad.  I did some research and settled on two hikes close together along the Blue Ridge Parkway… Devil’s Courthouse Hike and Frying Pan Tower Hike.  Our thoughts were we could do the shorter Devil’s Courthouse Hike first and see how I felt and if I felt good we could do the Frying Pan Tower Hike.  Luckily I felt great and was able to fit in both without a problem!

Turns out these two hikes are a perfect pair for a no-fuss day hiking trip from Asheville!  Both are relatively short, relatively easy and pretty close together.  The best part about them is the epic views!  Since we enjoyed the day so much I thought I’d share our hiking details so you could make a similar trip.

Devil’s Courthouse Hike

We left our house late morning and picked up some sandwiches for our trip.  I got hungry early (twin pregnancy problems-lol!) and we ended up eating them along the way.  We brought some camping chairs with us and sat at one of the overlooks for a lunch with a view.  I’d suggest doing the same or eating at the Pisgah Inn.

To get to Devil’s Courthouse you head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway towards Mt. Pisgah.  It’s about 26 miles from the NC Arboretum exit.  It took us less than an hour to get there and the drive along the way was gorgeous.

The parking lot is easy to spot and you can see the summit right away.  It’s the rock formation on the top left of this photo.  They say it has a sinister look, which is how the hike got its name… but I’m not so sure I see it.

 

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The path actually starts out completely paved.  It’s a pretty nice incline though, so be prepared for your legs to burn.

More than halfway through the trail turns rocky, but it still very manageable even with Makena.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The short but steep trail is only about a half mile and at the top, you are greeted with these views!

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

There is a nice protected area at the summit.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The panoramic views extend for miles and you can actually see North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee on a clear day.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The peak is over 5,750 ft so the air feels wonderful!  Just bring a jacket because it could be significantly cooler than Asheville.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The Devil’s Courthouse Hike is only a little more than a mile roundtrip and has a lot of bang for the time invested.  It’s also a great one for those who may not be up for longer distances… however, it does gain around 600 feet elevation in that short distance.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The Hubs and I really enjoyed this hike!  I was still feeling good so we started back towards Asheville and stopped at our next location for hike number 2… the Frying Pan Tower Hike.

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Frying Pan Tower Hike

The Frying Pan Tower Hike is about 15 minutes down the road, past the Pisgah Inn and closer to Asheville.  It’s near milepost 409.6 and you will see some parking near Forest Service Road 450.  It’s a little easier to miss than the Devil’s Courthouse Hike so watch for it carefully.  On the drive back you can spot the tower from your drive.

This hike starts off with a smoother but continuous incline along a pebbled service road.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

It was easily manageable for all of us including Makena.  The Frying Pan Tower Hike is only about .75 miles until you reach the peak.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The views from the ground are pretty.  There is even a weather service station which I always find interesting.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The most spectacular part about this hike though is the 70-foot-tall steel fire lookout tower at the summit.  Since we had Makena the Hubs and I took turns climbing it.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

I wasn’t expecting to feel scared, but the wind howling through the tower got the best of me since I was by myself!  I didn’t think I was afraid of heights, but apparently, I’m afraid of old fire lookout towers.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

I’m glad I kept going though because the 360 sweeping views from the top were ridiculously beautiful.  Even if you are afraid of heights… it’s worth it.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The panoramas included nearby peaks of Looking Glass Rock, Mt. Pisgah AND Cold Mountain.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The steel tower is at 5,340 feet so you can only imagine how the wind feels!

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

I snapped my few pictures and took my wobbly legs right back down!  Even though it spooked me a little, it was still worth it.

Devil's Courthouse Hike & Frying Pan Tower Hike

The hike back downhill The Frying Pan Tower Hike was even easier and the entire loop was only a mile and half, making this another great shorter hike from Asheville.

The two hikes combined were about 2.5 miles, which was just enough to get out in the fresh mountain air without feeling like I was overduing it!  I highly recogmend this combo for a fun day trip from Asheville.

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Directions

The Devil’s Courthouse Hike is along the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 422.4.  You head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and it’s 26 miles from NC 191, which is the NC Arboretum exit.  There is a large parking lot.  It takes about an hour to get there.

The Frying Pan Tower Hike is also along the Blue Ridge Parkway about 22 miles from Asheville.  It’s at milepost 409.6.  You park at the entrance to Forest Service Road 450 and walk around the gate.  It takes about 45 minutes to get there.

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By | 2018-07-06T16:01:02+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes, Fitness, Hikes with Views, Hiking|10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Jessica October 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I love your tank top and how flowy it is. What brand is it?

  2. Kristy from Southern In Law July 17, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Both of these hikes are stunning! I love hikes with incredible scenery – or a challenging hike with an incredible view at the end!

  3. Farrah July 12, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I need to come back to visit Asheville! That looks like a fun hike! <3!

  4. Blane Sherer July 11, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Those are some pretty shots ( smile ).

  5. Elizabeth Haire July 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous views.

  6. Rachel July 11, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

    These hikes look like so much fun! I’m glad that you’re feeling well enough during your pregnancy to remain active 🙂

  7. Lisa Ballantyne July 11, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Wow Julie–love those views! I’ve always been bothered by heights and balance issues so I’ve never really been a hiker; thank you for sharing the experience and making me feel like I was right there with you!

    You’re looking more amazing every day! Take care of yourself and those precious twin babies!

  8. Andrea on Vacation July 11, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Those mountain views area amazing! If I ever make it back to Asheville…

  9. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real July 11, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I’m not a huge hiker so these seem like perfect little hikes to do! Seriously though I’m in awe of how pretty Asheville and the surrounding area are. I need to visit!

  10. Beth Ann Chiles July 11, 2018 at 7:13 am - Reply

    These are a couple of great hikes and the views are amazing. I am definitely going to have to try these with the hubby soon! Thanks for the great pics and tour!

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