Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Hot Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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!

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!

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!!

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.

Must do, must see, just go.

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

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

Beautiful views!

We had a little trouble finding the trailhead after we parked, but once we got going it was a real pleasure. The Pump Gap part of the trail was a little trickier—recent rains have covered the trail with some downed trees and rocks. But once we got to the AT, it was smooth and very well maintained. Took us about 1.75 hours to complete the loop. Recommended!

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.

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.

Great 360 view of the smokies!

gorgeous panoramic views. 360 degree unobstructed awesomeness.

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

Loved the hike, great views

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.

3 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.

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

Easy trail, great views!

Nice easy scenic hike.

5 months ago

Had a really fun time with my 9 year old and my dog here. Climbing to the lookout point gave us a sense of accomplishment.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

It is a workout. If you are a newbie be prepared for a challenge. Cars can drive to the top so you may see non-hikers at the firepower.

Great hike with good winter views. The views are limited in summer but it is still a great hike. With the trip.

Great day hike!!

Definitely should be rated difficult bcuz of length & ups/down. 14.5 miles. Great winter hike for views and solitude.

Hard to find, not marked with orange blazes. Started on AT and took Lover’s Leap Loop back to parking lot. Amazing views and cool rocky outcroppings.

Awesome views

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