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Max Patch, Hot Springs

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 220 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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  • It is several miles from Hot Springs, North Carolina. The road is very curvey. You will go on a gravel road several miles. There is parking up there and on past the parking lot people are pulling on t...  read more »
  • Took my wife up here on our 11th Anniversary for a picnic lunch. Had read the reviews online & planned to stop here on our way to soak at the spa in Hot Springs. Took a little over an hour driving fro...  read more »
  • Great hike for me (age 55) and my dog! The weather was beautiful. It is a large bald you can hike up and see for miles. Part of the AT crosses it and it is fun to talk to them about their adventures. ...  read more »
  • Max Patch Mountain probably has one of the best panorama vistas in the southeast. It's only a short (but relatively steep) little hike from the road which and is plenty windy at the top to cool you down if you break a sweat. The top of the mountain is grassy and completely cleared of trees making it the perfect spot to have an afternoon picnic or watch the sunset over the Smoky Mountains. The sunrises are also to kill for if you're an early riser.
  • Beautiful views and an easy hike to the top. Although we got there in a car, you may want to take a vehicle with a little more ground clearance.
  • There is always a gathering here. Could be lovers, families, rednecks, individuals who have come together to enjoy a sunset or sunrise without the sound of traffic or sights of billboards and high rises. It's gorgeous and this is a MUST see hiking spot. Trail is easy to follow and you can basically walk through any field you like and setup a blanket or small tent and just rest and enjoy! On the actual patch there aren't any hammock hanging trees but plenty to make you relax.
  • Max patch is well-known for its views. Beauty in 360 degrees. The Appalachian Trail runs directly across it, but for those who aren't trekking on a long hike, you can park and hike a hundred or so (steep) yards to the top. For such a remote spot, it can be swarmed by quite a few people on a nice day, but there is plenty of space to spread out. Some people bring chairs to just sit and look. Others hike the trails nearby. And it isn't a surprise to see someone set up to paint the view, meditate on the grass, or lay out in the sun. It attracts a truly diverse group of people.
  • Great place to hike, it is a bit of a drive so it for the real hikers and dog lovers. There is an eight mile dirt road to get to it, the view is well worth it.
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