Max Patch 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.
dogs on leash
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.
This is by far one of my favorite places to visit year round! It's beautiful but especially in the fall!!
The 360 view is totally worth it. Also great walk on buckeye ridge trail nearby.
Great views. Fun hike.
There truly just aren't adequate words to describe this place. The drive up is not bad at all, contrary to many reviewers. You are in the mountains, mind you, so yes it is a very windy and bumpy road with deep pot holes, a true mountain road- and your car will get very dusty/dirty. But when you park and start the trek to the top of the bald, you are welcomed with second-to-none views of mountainscapes. It's beyond breath-taking. We hike everywhere in the Smokies and middle TN, and this is by far the most rewarding view we've ever seen. When you sit at the top, it's pure silence, even with others there, it's an amazing absence of sound with no cars or motors; you will feel like you're truly in Heaven. Pictures and videos could never do it justice. Max Patch is a place you have to experience for yourself. Connect to the Appalachian Trail with the white blaze posts and hike along the side of the mountain, taking in the views. We are coming back in the Spring to camp here. A warm winter day would be the most ideal for viewing mountains, as they aren't as hazy with humidity. This is my new favorite place in the world.
Beautiful 360° views!
Seriously the most amazingly beautiful place I've ever seen!!! We went at sunset .... Spectacular!!!!
Super easy walk if you start at the parking lot. It only takes a few minutes. Views are spectacular. It would be great to start hiking from a few miles down the AT to make more of a hike of it.
I love it here!! Great views. Different trail options. Weather can completely be different from top of the bald to down in the valley. Not hard hikes, but very beautiful!
Nice hike with views of balds.
You can't beat the view from the top. It is truly spectacular. The long hill walking straight up to the top about did this out-of-shape momma in. The 4 year old didn't have any trouble though!
We went on a Saturday in peak leaf season. The traffic was not too bad on the way in (We came up by 209.) But by the time we left around noon, it was nearly impossible to get out. Cars were parked on both sides of the narrow road for long distances. With vehicles trying to go both ways in the narrow lane that was left, getting out was a nightmare. Go during the week and early in the morning if you can!