The nature trail ascends to the Courthouse and has an incredible summit view of three river valleys. The 360-degree panoramic view includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee all at the same time on a clear day. This short, steep climb leads to the rock wall encircled overlook.
Once you are on the crest of the summit look west and you will view the crest of the Shining Rock Wilderness; look east and you will view the plummet down into the Carolina Piedmont. There is a sighting devise at the top to help you locate distant landmarks.
Birdwatchers will enjoy the sight of Hawks, ravens, vultures, and occasionally eagles and peregrine falcons riding the hot air currents that rise from the valley.
Remain on the trail at all times. There is delicate and rare high altitude plant life here including Rock Gnome Lichen and the Spreading Avens., and leaving the trail surface could damage rare and exotic plant species.