Max Patch Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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.

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29 days 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

This is one of my favorite hikes I've ever been on this place is so beautiful it's definitely worth the hike!!

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful sunrise. Definitely worth getting up really early to go see. Bring cameras and friends and dogs because it's breathtaking. There's a short but steep climb to the view, but it's amazing. If you aren't camping out, make sure you get there in plenty of time to climb to the top before the sunrise begins.

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2 months ago

Awesome view. If traveling here from Smokys area do not use Google Maps unless you have a Jeep or 4 Wheeler. Take Harmon Den to Max Patch Road.

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2 months ago

Unbelievable views. Long road to get to parking area, but a rather short , but strenuous, hike to the top.

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3 months ago

This is by far one of my favorite places to visit year round! It's beautiful but especially in the fall!!

3 months ago

The 360 view is totally worth it. Also great walk on buckeye ridge trail nearby.

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3 months ago

Great views. Fun hike.