Courthouse Creek Fly Fishing: Beginning as a series of cold springs below Devil’s Courthouse, Courthouse Creek tumbles down the mountain to form the headwaters of the North Fork French Broad. Its crystal clear waters are chock full of wild rainbows in the 5- to 10-inch range, creating the perfect destination on a hot summer’s day or when the North Fork is running at full bank. Access is via Hwy. 215 and Forest Road 140, which is now re-opened after 2004’s hurricane damage. Below the majestic Courthouse Falls, the stream is open enough to accommodate fly casting. Stealth, camo clothing and 9-foot leaders will help you catch more of these wild, spooky fish.
Directions from Brevard: Take US-64 W out of downtown toward Rosman for 8.5 miles. Turn right onto NC-215 and head north toward Balsam Grove. Pass Balsam Grove and turn right onto Forest Road 140 (Courthouse Creek Road). Go 3 miles down the road and park on the right just after crossing the bridge over Courthouse Creek. Follow the marked trail for .36 miles to the falls, which will be on the left.