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
331 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.

6 days ago

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

6 days ago

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8 days ago

Epic views!

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20 days ago

This is a great spot to bring a picnic and some chairs and hangout at the top of a hill all day surrounded by mountains. The drive up is kind of long and on a dirt road, so make an afternoon of your time up there since the trail is pretty short.

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27 days ago

Loved it! We went when it was quite foggy and the most was beautiful. Definitely hike into the Forrest. Mid-September is beautiful. Reminded me of snow whites Forrest

1 month ago

Great view, not a difficult climb and perfect for dogs. be careful with oncoming traffic driving up and down the mountain as the gravel road is narrow with extreme drop offs periodically.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail that leads to a bald. At the top you have a 360 degree view. There's wild cotton that grows and it's really a special place. The ride up to it was a bit crazy though. The roads there are steep and windy!

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1 month ago

Even in the misty rain max is beautiful! Took my son and bf there for the first time...my 4th. One of my favorite spots on the way to my pops in canton.

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1 month ago

MAX PATCH! This place is awesome. It was like a party on this open field in the middle of nowhere surrounded by mountains. Way cool. Check out my write up with things to look out for and directions.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/maxpatch/

1 month ago

Nice and easy trail up to an amazing view of the mountains. Depending which way you come, however, there is a pretty big hill that you have to climb to reach the top. If you are coming from the parking lot, you'll be making your way up the steep hill. The view at the top is incredible.

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