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Max Patch, Hot Springs
(4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • If you're in the area don't miss this scenic hike. There is also a pond and trout stream, stocked, depending on the time of year, for fly fishing. 
  • Definitely worth the drive. Max patch offers amazing views and many many paths to walk. Just have to be careful not to get lost if you are one of those people with no sense of direction. Do take a war...  more »
  • Hot Spring Log Cabins recommended this hike to us and wow, it was fantastic! A long winding dirt road drive to a saddle, then a nice 30 minute hike up the exposed dome of Max Patch to some amazing tru...  more »
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  • Amazing views!! Be sure to check the weather before going. Visibility is the key ingredient for the awe inspiring perspective Max Patch offers. The road to the top can be a little rough on the car so be sure to have a car with 4x4 or all-wheel in less than favorable weather. The walks to the summit from the parking lot have varying length and steepness. Great for all ages, and for a picnic!
  • There are two ways up the mountain, take the southern route unless you have high clearance and 4 wheel drive. Parking was very tight during the week in the fall. Great views well marked trail. Easy hike.
  • My wife and I love coming here, and this past weekend we camped here and really enjoyed the 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and valleys! Be prepared though if you come camping. You might just spot a group of wild frat boys, which will keep you awake until the wee hours of the morning while loudly proclaiming their alpha male status, and then wake up early to let everyone know they are still there and ready to throw down.
  • A place not known to many...this place gives a 360 degrees view of the smokies. Not crowed at all..! Very beautiful and serene.
  • It is a beautiful view; you are surrounded by mountains on every side! It is a pretty steep walk up a hill to the bald, where it has the best view, and then you can hike around a little bit on the AT or neighboring trails.