The various shades of green rival the colors of Autumn. The scenery is spectacular in every direction.
A famous rock formation along the BRP is known as "Devil's Courthouse." It is clearly visible from an overlook and there is a well-maintained hiking trail to the summit.
There is a cave inside this rock formation and according to the Cherokee Nation, the Devil himself had a courtroom in this cave. From this courtroom, the Devil judged the evil people of the world. At other times, the legend tells us, the cave was used as a ballroom for a slant-eyed giant who loves to dance there.
The summit of Devil's Courthouse provides a panoramic view. In the past, four states were visible from the summit; North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The view is still spectacular, but the view of the four states is now relegated to the outstanding photographs of days gone by.
---------------I have wonderful memories of trips on the BRP as a small child. The mountains seemed so much more vibrant and beautiful back then. For a long time, I thought the difference was a childhood illusion. The brutal truth is that the views from the photographs of yesteryear are simply not present today. The clear and crisp resolution in the old brochures has turned into a smoky haze that tremendously reduces the visibility of the distant mountains. It is estimated that fossil fuel pollution has reduced the distant visibility in some areas as much as 80% in the past 50 years. Let's all hope we wake up and make some REAL changes in our lives to reduce pollution. It's not simply the view...the pollution is acidifying the streams damaging the trees, hurting the fish, the trees and plants (and thus the birds).