Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam

Waynesville, North Carolina 28738

Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam

Devil's Courthouse and Black Balsam Professional Review and Guide

"This area offers superb high-elevation birding, with excellent opportunities for some of the more sought-after species in North Carolina, including Peregrine Falcon, Alder Flycatcher, and Northern Saw-whet Owl. There are easy to moderate high-elevation hiking trails at Black Balsam and a short, more strenuous hike to the top of the rocky outcrop at Devil’s Courthouse.

Habitats: At Black Balsam: high-elevation (above 5,000 feet) mountain bald, partly grassy, partly heath, partly shrubby and low growing spruce fir. At Devil’s Courthouse: high elevation rocky outcrop, 5,720 feet at the peak, spruce fir forest. Key birds: Summer: Peregrine Falcon; Northern Saw-whet Owl; Veery; Winter Wren; Brown Creeper; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, and Canada Warbler; Alder Flycatcher. Year-round: Ruffed Grouse; Red-breasted Nuthatch; Pine Siskin; Common Raven."

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6/3/2005
Great stop with steep climb. Good to see in the summer
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Waynesville
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Best in May and June
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Pisgah National Forest
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Jul 2018