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Appalachian Trail: Davenport Gap to Max Patch is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hartford, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length 13.3 mi Elevation gain 5,442 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest River No dogs
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Stef Diaz
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Sarah Carron
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This trail is definitely a tough day hike because of the elevation gain, but it's definitely doable. The trail doesn't have a lot of variation in scenery during the uphills, but there are plenty of wild flowers and Max Patch is worth the views. Make sure you bring enough water, there were almost no water sources for the entire hike in late July. It took us about 7 hours- we started at 10:30 and were chilling at Max Patch by 5. I definitely would recommend an earlier start, but we took our time and still had plenty of daylight. Max patch would be perfect for camping and if you have two cars you don't have to bring your stuff on the hike. The trip up from the parking lot is all uphill and about half a mile so I'd still pack light, but it's a great alternative to backpacking all the way there. It would be tough to do this hike all in one day with a pack.

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Vlad Pchelinsky
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Decent hike not all that much views a few campsites on the trail

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John Sherman
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Nice trail with creeks and wildflowers in the spring. Seems like a relentless climb, there are some downhills. Plan on slow going especially with full packs. In spring there are ample water sources, which per other reports, dry up later in the year. Due to strenuousness, not a route I would recommend as a pleasurable day hike. If looking for a day hike, going from Davenport to Snowbird peak and back would be a fantastic one day hike. The climb is gradual and there is a destination with incredible views.

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Jessica NCasey Hicks
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Austin Malmberg
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Summiting Snowbird Mtn was a sonuvabitch. Beautiful views though!

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Kala Roberts
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Backpacking

Great trail! This was our first packing trip that we camped on, started at the parking lot on max patch, and then “down the mountain” we got a late start, around 12 pm on January 23rd, the wind on top of max patch mountain as blowing at least 25 MPH, If not more. We should have went the other trail and went around the mountain. With the wind and mud it added an extra hour to the trip just trying to cross the top! Once we got across and down the mountain, and into the tree line it wasn’t as bad. We both had light jackets on and thin pants. A lot of the reviews we read on here said if you go south bound, (start at max patch) it’s all down hill.. Wrong.. it was a lot of going UP and UP, and a little going down. After about 5 miles we were about to find a spot between 2 hills to set camp off the tail a ways and blocked (a little) from the wind. About an hour and a half at camp some rain set in so we had to head into the tent. We had an air mattress so the night wasn’t super tough. My friend had it a little harder, coming up from Nashville, to a dramatic change in elevation quick, she was started to get sick, I grew up in Asheville NC so my body was used to the elevation change. After a cold (but manageable) night we woke to a nice snow storm blowing in, so with that blowing in a not being prepared to be out in the snow we decided to head out early. Luckily there was a road leading to Harmon’s den about 2.5 miles from us and our ride can meet us there. So all in all we only made it about 7 miles of this trip. Which was good seeing we got out of the woods and into the car at 10 am. We do plan on returning and finishing the trail! Really fun trail, the first 7 miles there isn’t much water, only came across 1 tiny stream. Would not recommend this to a new back packer that’s not used to elevation. But be willing to walk a ways if you plan on camping. Not many clear spots to set up a tent out of the crazy winds!

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Christon Wiles
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Backpacking

We did the whole thing in one day with backpacks. We had camped Friday night near the trailhead/near standing bear hostel (great place, very friendly) and got an early start Saturday morning. Our plan was to make it to Max Patch Saturday, catch the sunset and sunrise, camp for the night, and hike back to the car on Sunday. Hahaha. We made it to Max Patch but by the time we got there we were exhausted. It stormed on us for the last mile and the radar called for more, so we bailed. Northbound is not for amateur backpackers or the faint of heart. It is up, up, up. Southbound is probably much easier. We’re glad we did it and plan to come back and overnight from Max Patch to Hot Springs. Notes: Can camp near standing bear and cut out an extra mile of trail where there’s not much to see. Water at trail head and 2 miles up, 5 miles up, and then allegedly near Max Patch but we didn’t find it. Lots of neat camping spots along the trail. We should have started earlier on Friday and gotten further in on the trail instead of trying to do 13 in one day. Not a lot of views on the trail, just at Snowbird and Max Patch. Hiking would be a lot easier than backpacking.

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Pat Helms
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I hiked most of this section back in April '16. Parked my car in Hot Springs NC and got dropped off at I-40 Waterville exit to pick up the AT. It was a late start, but made it to the Patch right at sundown. Just before crossing the road for the ascent to the top, there was a friendly sort parked with a hospitality cooler full of beer and soda for any hikers passing through. I took him up on a very unexpected but welcome IPA. It was Saturday, so the place was full of campers as well as thru hikers staying the night. It was like being in college again....only this time, I was that geezer laying low to rest up for the longer section to Hot Springs. If you make it in early enough, or if its not a weekend, there's a great camping area just into the woods on the north-bound side of the bald.

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Mark Swope Sr.
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I completed southbound which is less climbing. There is a climb up to Snowbird Mtn regardless which direction, but for this section SB was best & has better views from Snowbird on. One could save themselves a lot of climbing and it is shorter to use the gravel roadway (Green Corner Rd) to/from the Pigeon River/I-40. There is also a false white trail blaze that leads to the Standing Bear Hostel. It takes u about 1/2 mile out of the way. Seems like a false attempt to get a hiker to go to that hostel.

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Patrick Logan
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Hiked NOBO from Standing Bear Farm Hostel to Max Patch. The first 4.5 miles were 2600 ft ascent at 11+ degree inclines. Water was good about 2 miles up. The descents into gaps can be rough especially with some muddy areas on the trail. The last few miles climbing out of Brown Gap Spring was rough after being exhausted because of the 14 degree incline out of there. The payoff reaching Max Patch made it all worth it!!! The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. I pitched my tent up there and had an incredible night. Lots of day hikers will be there at night and in the morning to photograph and hang out since a car park is only a half mile from the summit. Highly recommend this jaunt. I did upload a pic of the sunset. Cheers!

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Bob Fryling
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Unbelievable view!

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Bobby Loyd
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Ran 5.5 miles, saw a black bear, had a sit in the river when I finished. I had a blast!

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Dawn Hymel
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breath taking

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B K Jaworski
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Max Patch is a moderate climb, over all. Camping is done below the hill top. The top is nice to air out the gear for Thru-hikers who stayed at Standing Bear Farm Hostel.

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Jocelyn Hoffman
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Awesome section hike to do this direction. Finishing at Max Patch is such a treat! The hike is challenging and is great to do with friends and a dog. The shelter 9.6ish miles in fills up by days end, but there are plenty of spots to set up a tent if you bring your own gear.

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Paralee Dawson Hayward
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This section of the Appalachian Trail is amazing. From the gap the trail follows the river for about 2 miles with several waterfalls. Very steep climb up to Snow Bird mountain but the view is well worth it. Best time of year to hike is in the spring since the forest and balds are covered in wildflowers. Max Patch is the most wonderful bald with grassy meadows. It's an old logging camp and homesteat with 360 degree views.

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Paralee Dawson Hayward
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I have hiked over 1500 miles of the Appalachian Trail and I must say this is one of my favorite sections. We had friends meet us at Max Patch with a picnic lunch. It is a moderate section with medium climbs. The best time of year to hike this section is in the spring.

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Laura Mccall
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K is correct. The views here are indescribable and completely unbeatable. This is one of my favorite places to take my dog, who loves the room the run. The night sky from here is breathtaking, but be advised: take a jacket! Even on the warmest of nights, the altitude and wind can cause goose-bumps :P

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Kassidy Hertel
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Haven't actually hiked this section of the AT, but Max Patch is a MUST SEE! I've taken some amazing photos there . . . and they still do the scenery very little justice. The hike to the top is steep, but short, and worth EVERY STEP! Once at the top, you can see 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. I would am hoping to to camp there this summer, I hear the view of the night-sky is absolutely breath-taking!

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Gary Trochta
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Matthew Birge
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Amanda Jade
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David Lowery
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Casey Bradley
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Devin Walker
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Patrick Skarp
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Josh VANMETER
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Tj Green
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Tj Green
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