Max Patch on Appalachian Trail

Max Patch

Max Patch


Length: 1.4 miles
Rating: Easy
Dogs: On Leash
Facilities: None

Sitting on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, Max Patch features 360 views and sits along the Appalachian Trail.  This 4,600 foot mountain bald offers acres of wide open clearings with amazing, unobstructed views of surrounding mountains. You can see the Smokies and Mount Mitchell from the top of Max Patch. Several hikes can be accessed from here, including a popular section of the Appalachian Trail. Hike up the incline and enjoy a picnic or walk around to explore the surrounding summits.


Trail Insights:
  • Kid Friendly, great hike for a picnic or stargazing.
  • Gravel roads up to parking lot can be icy in the Winter.
  • Parking lot fills up quickly during warmer months, get here early to get a prime parking spot before a sunset.
  • Can be very windy and chilly on the bald.



Heading West on I 40 take Exit  7 for Harmon Den. Right on Cold Springs Creek Rd for 6 miles. Left onto State Route 1182 / Max Patch Rd. Parking and trailhead will be on right.


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Day Trips, Hiking, Kid-Friendly Activities, Pet Friendly


Max Patch, NC

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