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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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  • I am amazed of how few people come to this wonderful spot to see all around. It is the highest mountain in the area.  more »
  • It's a short, gentle walk from the parking lot to the top of Max Patch. The stars are brilliant at night, and the view is breathtaking during the day. Plan to sit a while and enjoy the peace and quiet...  more »
  • First and foremost, we got lost on the way up there. But that just adds to the adventure! On the way up, it started to snow. It was gorgeous up there in the snow! Granted I want to go back when I can ...  more »