Max Patch, Hot Springs

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Max Patch is a bald mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee Border in Madison County, North Carolina and Cocke County, Tennessee. It is a major landmark along the Tennessee/North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail, although its summit is located in North Carolina. It is known for its 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, namely the Bald Mountains in the immediate vicinity, the Unakas to the north, the Great Smokies to the south, and the Great Balsams and Black Mountains to the southeast. A small parking area is located near the summit with a short loop trail.
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  • We got a little exercise hiking and the view was incredible! There were marked-off trails and the length and difficulty level available.  more »
  • What an incredible place! The road there is an adventure in itself and it is SO worth the trip. The views go on and on - excellent photo opportunities abound.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done—maybe the most! We took our 7 year old son, packed a picnic and threw the football around on top of the world. Short, relatively easy (but uphill) hike f...  more »
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  • I will continue to go up here and often. We inadvertently took the shorter, steeper path on the way up. It wasn't incredibly difficult, my 5 year old did it. On the way back down we took the other route and it was absolutely wonderful. It was such a nice walk the slight distance increase was barely noticed.
  • Well worth a visit for the views. You have a choice of two tracks to top. The quickest one is a shorter steeper climb or you can take the longer one around the edge. We went on beautiful day with blue skies .360 degree views were amazing.
  • PLEASE DO NOT USE THE TRAIL THAT GOES STRAIGHT UP THE MOUNTAIN FROM THE PARKING LOT!!!!! It is an unsustainable, fall line trail that is eroding a gash in this mountain that we all love! Use one of the 2 blue blaze trails to get to the summit, they are well marked and are also an easier hike. New kiosks with a new map and more information coming in the next few months!
  • Truly epic views from the summit! Well worth the short 1/3 of a mile hike for the great views. The road is unpaved for 7 miles before you reach the trail head and it can be very muddy and rutted. Plan extra time as the top speed on the winding road is 15-20mph. As others have noted, there’s no cell service here, so plan ahead with offline maps!
  • Totally worth the ride up! We were up from Florida and the kids wanted to see snow - this was the only place around we could find it. Was a fun ride and the views were amazing. Even saw some wildlife on the way down.
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