Max Patch Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Max Patch Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hot Springs, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
288 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice hike along a treeless summit of rolling hills. From the parking area at Max Patch, the trail starts off going north. About 15 minutes into the hike you will come to a sign that indicates the AT to the left and the climb to the top of max Patch to the right. This short 100 yard trail to the top brings you to a grand 360 degree view of NC, TN and Mt. Mitchell to the North East. Simply beautiful. Retrace your steps and head north on the AT. Follow the AT and end this part of the trip at the Roaring Forks AT Shelter.Head south again on the AT and take the long loop trail along the backside of Max Patch. This trail will eventually bring you back to the parking lot where you started.

4 days ago

loved the views. Truly worth the drive. Would like to go in fall and even start over night.

hiking
6 days ago

Views are beautiful and it’s very peaceful at the top. Like others have said, it’s not much of a “hike” it’s more of a walk to the top, take in the scenery and head back to the bottom. All and all tho, it’s definitely beautiful up there.

hiking
7 days ago

This is not a hike it’s short and beyond easy. The 8 mile drive up the mountain is more eventful than the “hike”.

There is are fantastic views at the summit and great sunsets, but good luck enjoying them. Due to the simplicity of the “hike” there will be tons of people at the summit to provide you with a relaxing atmosphere of pizza, loud music, and obnoxiously loud laughing and screaming. If you’re looking for relaxation and a peaceful evening then skip this one

hiking
23 days ago

I was told how fantastic that place was, and drove about 2hours for it. I will admit I was a bit dissappointed. If you are around, sure do it! But otherwise...

29 days ago

Great short loop. Beware if you have seasonal allergies, they will flare up!

hiking
1 month ago

Max Patch is one of my absolute favorite hikes! The views are incredible any time of the year. My favorite time to visit if for the sunset/sunrise! It is a fairly easy hike, suitable for all ages!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike the other day and it was spectacular! The hike itself is really short and easy - there were a few families up there with some little kids. The 360-degree views were stunning and you could see for miles! It was about an hour’s drive to get there, but it was absolutely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

The drive was long, but so worth it. We loved the scenic drive. The hike was great and easy enough for our young children to hike. The view from the top was amazing!!!! Words can’t even describe the magnificent view!!! God surely showed out when He made this part of the world!! I recommend this hike if you want an easy day hike for family!!

1 month ago

It's a rough and bumpy drive to get to the parking area (~30 min off the main road). We went at 5:30 AM on July 4th and there were still 15-20 other groups there. We did the short hike from the parking area to the bald for the sunrise and then took the longer way on the AT back to our car. Highly recommend the AT portion of the hike; it's much quieter and fairly easy, but I would suggest wearing pants and closed-toe shoes for that trail, as the grass is tall in some spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Must do, must see, just go.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk to the summit. Incredible 360 views. Cool breezes at the top.
The gravel road to the trail is interesting. Enjoy!

1 month ago

this is God's country flat out gorgeous!!!

hiking
2 months ago

The windy road to the trailhead from I-40 takes about a half hour and is bumpy in parts but it’s worth it, the views at the summit of Max Patch are magnificent! At the trailhead you can take the right loop for a more difficult ascent or the left loop for a more gradual ascent. We chose the right loop first and were rewarded with beautiful wildflowers along the hillside. The trail then joined up with the Appalachian Trail for the steepest part of the ascent, which wasn’t bad at all. At the top, the 360 degree views were stunning. The walk down to the trailhead along the left loop was a gentle descent through a tunnel of trees.

2 months ago

Took Lemon Gap to Max Patch with my 10 yo son and our dog. Phenomenal views at Max Patch after lots of covered forest hiking. Lots of berries along the trail - and fun Rhododendron tunnels to hike through. Great Shelter with ready to use bear poles and lines were much appreciated.

hiking
2 months ago

Great 360 view of the smokies!

hiking
2 months ago

gorgeous panoramic views. 360 degree unobstructed awesomeness.

walking
2 months ago

Nice picnic spot and camping spot with Great views. Gets crowded by noon and the drive up is a bit rough.

3 months ago

Fun little hike with gorgeous views, great for kids and dogs. The unpaved road up from I-40 is extremely bumpy, so it’s rather slow going, and we even managed to get lost on the way back down.

4 months ago

Easy hike! Beautiful views! It was windy on top. Take a blanket to relax on top with views. The drive up to trail from I-40 Exit 7 was about 30 minutes on a unpaved, bumpy road.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike. Views were really good. The drive up to it sucks.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail, great views!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy scenic hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great day hike!!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome views

hiking
9 months ago

Max patch is a nice hike. You get great 360 degree views. Sunsets are brilliant. This is a popular place so don't expect any privacy or solitude unless you walk down the AT to the woods. Sadly there were pieces of toilet paper and trash everywhere.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike, great view

9 months ago

short hike. great views. bring a blanket and picnic and make a day of it.

9 months ago

Crown jewel of the AT. You’ll feel like you’re in the sound of music.

9 months ago

First sunrise hike and it’s the perfect place for it! Short hike for some beautiful 360 views!

hiking
10 months ago

Epic views!

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