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Max Patch, standing at a modest 4600 feet, is what’s considered a “bald” mountain due to being cleared and used as pasture in the 1800’s. This is one of the many things that make this mountain so alluring. From its summit you have breathtaking 360-degree views which extend to Mount Mitchell and The Great Smoky Mountains. There is no question as to why this is a favorite among tourist and thru-hikers alike for camping and picnicking in hopes of catching that one of a kind sunrise or sunset. Hiking Max Patch is a captivating experience that’s hard to explain and photos can’t capture the true perspective.
There are two loop trails that I would rate as moderate/easy for day hikers and campers ranging from 1.4 to 2.4 miles in length and neither of the two trails will disappoint. Shared on the map below is the 1.4-mile loop which we hiked on our visit. You definitely will find it hard to concentrate on your journey with such a scenic landscape so make sure to allow ample time for your visit to hike the many trails or to just sit back and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. I have shared some of my favorite photos from our trip below to give you an idea of what to expect.
Max Patch Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest approximately an hour’s drive north of Asheville, NC. Ample parking is provided at the trailhead along with roadside parking for busier days. Nearby attractions would include beautiful historic downtown Asheville, the famous Biltmore Estate and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.
Whether you’re an Appalachian Trail fanatic like me or someone that just hasn’t had the opportunity to visit the Appalachian Trail, then this section of the AT is one to see.