Max patch hiking hot springs, nc blue ridge mountain life. Moderate rain total 19mm, heaviest on thu morningfreezethaw conditions max 14c on thu afternoon, min 0c on tue nightwinds increasing light winds from the w on wed afternoon, gales from the sse by thu morning. Max patch, max views, max adventure how i introduced my friend to backpacking with incredible views and juuuuuuust a wee bit of snow. Max patch mountain in nc boasts a 360degree view of the appalachian mountains including the blue ridge and the smokies. Max patch loop via appalachian trail north carolina alltrails. Alternatively, you could drive about 5 miles further past max patch parking area to reach lemon gap parking and start there and hike to max patch eat lunch on top of the world and hike back or to share just the views with those of ages 7 to 70 you could just hike the 1mile loop trail. We left camp at 830 to a straight climb up to max patch. Appalachian trail on max patch summit grassy slope of max patch mountain. Take exist 24 off i40, climb to max patch by gravel road, once at the parking, just a short hike to one of the most incredible views you will ever see. On june 2, 2018, national trails day, more than 100 volunteers chopped, pruned, drilled, sawed, shoveled, hacked, planted and hammered a 2mile section of. Initially youll follow the appalachian trail northeast through hardwood forests along gentle 4,000foot ridges. Max patch in pisgah national forest, appalachian trail get makeover.
The summit elevation is just a little over 4,600 hundred feet, and the appalachian trail crosses right over it. Despite social distancing guidelines, large crowds have continued to flock to the appalachian trail, forcing the u. Finally we reached max patch and the bald mountain loomed large above us, glowing white with a dusting. Max patch is a littleknown scenic place in north carolina. We covered 34 miles from max patch through hot springs up to rich mountain fire tower then finished back down in hot springs. The project was originally concieved in 1921 by benton mackaye as a continuous wilderness trail connecting a series of work camps and retreats from urban life in the east. This program calculates the approximate walking distance in miles between two points along the appalachian trail. It is a major landmark along the tennesseenorth carolina section of the appalachian trail, although its summit is located in north carolina. Iconic bald mountain with beautiful 360degree views of. Its one of the most spectacular settings youll experience in the blue.
Along the way, it crosses through 6 national parks and 8 national forests, as well as dozens of state parks, forests and game lands. Hike a section of the famous appalachian national scenic trail or a. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from march until november. Make a weekend trip from max patch to hot springs n. Catch a gorgeous sunrise, sunset or afternoon picnic on this moderate two mile loop with stunning 360degree views and seemingly endless sunshine. Birds chase, dive and soar in the nearly constant breezes. This dog friendly and family friendly hike is great for picnics, star gazing, and is accesible year round. Im guessing that today, hot springs is better known as a trail town.
Max patch is one of the most popular hiking areas in our region. Max patch via brown gap pisgah national forest, nc. In between the soaring mountains of the great smokies and the rolling hills of hot springs the a. Davenport gap to max patch road or other waterville, north carolina hiking trails. Max patch hot springs 2020 all you need to know before. These distances are based on the appalachian trail data book for 2020, a publication of the appalachian trail conservancy, all rights. Before the current pandemic situation a couple buddies and i had the good fortune to set off for a 4day backpacking trip along the appalachian trail in north carolinas pisgah national forest. A short hike from the parking area takes you to the top. Apr 06, 2015 trail magic easter weekend on max patch mountain, north carolina. At 4629 feet elevation, max patch is not the highest summit in its immediate vicinity, but this grassy bald is certainly one of the prettiest. See photos and hiking guide for max patch bald mountain along the appalachian trail near hot springs and asheville north carolina in pisgah national.
Sep 15, 2015 a day hike between max patch and hot springs, nc. The appalachian trail crosses the summit of max patch, about 20 miles west of hot springs at mile 251. The project was originally concieved in 1921 by benton mackaye as a continuous wilderness trail connecting a series of work camps and retreats from urban life in. At 6,643 feet, this is the highest point on the appalachian trail.
Appalachian trail section hike video trip report max. You can also hike north or south on the appalachian trail once at the top. Max patch is a bald, the southern appalachian name for a hilltop without a single tree. The appalachian trail crosses right over the summit running north and south.
The appalachian trail crosses the top of the grassy bald. Coronavirus leads forest service to close appalachian trail. The mountain views from the more barren patch are spectacular. Trail magic easter weekend on max patch mountain, north carolina. Max patch mountain at 4,629 feet is not close to being the tallest peak in the region, but you are surrounded by countless 5,000 and 6,000foot peaks in every direction. Max patch restored in honor of 50th anniversary of national trails day. Max patch to hot springs on the appalachian trail david. Insects chirp loudly in the grassfilled wonderland.
Make sure you have good directions, dont think your gps will work here. Also, for backpackers, camping is allowed along the appalachian trail just not on the summit itself. Max patch weather forecast 1411m mountain forecast. Perhaps the most famous footpath in the world, the appalachian trail stretches for 2200 miles along the spine of the appalachian mountain range in eastern north america. This grassy mountaintop bald provides an absolutely sensational panoramic view of the highest mountains in the southern appalachians. Max patch is a 4,629foot tall bald mountain with an incredible 360degree mountain vista just 20 miles from hot springs. The weather on max patch tends to not be as severe as higher nearby peaks.
Sitting just inside north carolina along the boundary with tennessee, the mountain is considered by some to be the crown jewel of the appalachian trail. Vast panoramas open in all directions, with views stretching 360 degrees around the grassy mountain. Meeting some of the appalachian trail thruhiker class of 2015 and a reunion with some class of 14. Wildflowers bloom there in the spring and fantastic leaf color can be seen in the fall. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the national park service, us forest service, appalachian trail conservancy. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from april until october. Hike max patch mountain, max patch mountain trailhead. At an elevation of 4,629 feet, max patch boasts a 360degree view of the appalachian mountains including the blue ridge and the smokies. The appalachian trail follows the crest of the appalachians along the north carolina and tennessee state line. Max patch trail hiking the appalachians near asheville, n. But a very nice hike into the wilderness from there, including an overnight rest stop at one point. The elevation of hot springs is 1,326 feet, and by the appalachian trail, is 20 miles from the max patch summit. With spring wildflowers and fall leaf peeping, the max patch trail is an easyto moderate hike on the appalachian trail near asheville, n. Forest service, appalachian trail conservancy and others will reveal a.
While not the tallest peak in the area, its position combined with clear top provide some of the best views available in the blue ridge. Follow the appalachian trail from lemon gap, climbing through a mossy, creekfilled forest to exceptional summit views from the grassy, sunny mountain bald. The massive grassy bald is meticulously maintained by mowing and prescribed burns to preserve stunning 360 views of the tallest appalachian peaks. Neither trail is marked, but its somewhat hard to get lost here. With little elevation gain and a short distance it is also very family and dog. By zachary robbins in appalachian ranger district, appalachian trail, bald mountains and newfound mountains, best hikes, best summits in ncva, greater asheville, half day hikes, moderate hikes, north carolina hikes, pisgah national forest, popular trail systems, site content.
Volunteer members of the carolina mountain club have rehabilitated the popular max patch area and the appalachian trail, which crosses the. Some call it the crown jewel of the appalachian trail, the famous footpath which crosses it at the top. Max patch in pisgah national forest gets national trails. Forest service to close trailhead access in pisgah and nantahala national forests in north carolina and cherokee national forest in tennessee. Mar 28, 2020 on june 2, 2018, national trails day, more than 100 volunteers chopped, pruned, drilled, sawed, shoveled, hacked, planted and hammered a 2mile section of the appalachian trail that crosses max.
Max patch, max views, max adventure how i introduced my friend to backpacking with incredible views and juuuuuuust a wee bit of snow we had a few days off work on march 16 and 17 rumor has it we got those days off because of the start of the ncaa tournament, so with the extra free time my friend emily and i headed off to. There are miles and miles of twisting mountain roads, do not show up on an empty gas. Zach robbins contact zach max patch mountain, simply known as max patch, is hands down one of the most beautiful summits in the southeast. The carolina mountain club trail maintenance crew members and the appalachian trail conservancy atc are partnering to offer a unique opportunity to spend the weekend assisting in the rehabilitation of the at as it traverses north of max patch in the cherokee and pisgah national forests. Hikes are moderate to easy there is something for everyone easy access to trails great fishing pond it. Good places to hike on the appalachian trail in north. Max patch is one of the truly legendary landmarks along the truly legendary appalachian trail, and its no secret why. We covered 34 miles from max patch through hot springs up to rich mountain fire tower then finished back down in. This is an incredible, relatively easy hike with the reward at the end being hot springs on the french broad river. Max patchor the patch, as its sometimes simply called in the local areais a magnificent example of a southern appalachian bald, those expansive high clearings dominated either by grasses as in this case or shrubs that make unusual glades in a mountain chain otherwise dominated by forest and too low for a climatically controlled.
Hike the appalachian trail at max patch, one of north carolinas most popular at hikes, on a grassy, bald mountain thats covered in wildflowers. Highlights include max patch, roaring fork shelter. The appalachian trail on max patch max patch is a 4,629foot tall bald mountain with an incredible 360degree mountain vista just 20 miles from hot springs. The trail travels through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at springer mountain, georgia, to the trails northern terminus at katahdin, maine. Max patch mountain was once cleared for pasture land, leaving an expansive flat summit that now serves as the ideal location for a picnic hike, flying a kite, or laying in the sun surrounded by the great smoky mountains. On top youre standing on a bald mountain so be prepared for a breeze. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The adventure begins at the lemon gap trailhead on max patch road view maps and driving directions, following the whiteblazed appalachian trail southbound from the border of north carolina and tennessee. At 4629 feet elevation, max patch is not the highest summit in its immediate. Simply choose a selection from each of the list boxes below, then click on the submit button. The summit and surrounding area on max patch is the highlight of this hike. Max patch is a bald mountain on the north carolinatennessee border in madison county, north carolina, and cocke county, tennessee. The carolina mountain club trail maintenance crew members, the appalachian trail conservancy, the pisgah national forest appalachian ranger district, rei, and farm to feet are partnering to offer a unique opportunity to spend the day assisting in the rehabilitation of the at as it traverses max patch bald in the pisgah national forest.
Hike a scenic alternate route to the ultrapopular max patch mountain, following the appalachian trail from lemon gap to exceptional summit. The manmade meadow on top of the mountain was once home to large herds of grazing cattle. Mitchell on the east to the great smoky mountains on the south. Hiking the max patch appalachian trail the adventurerr. Today, its a 350acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360degree views. Max patch via brown gap pisgah national forest, nc zachs. Hike a scenic alternate route to the ultrapopular max patch mountain. While this mountain isnt naturally bald it was cleared for grazing in the nineteenth century, its certainly naturally beautiful. This is one of those trails that is harder to drive to than it is to hike. The appalachian trail passes through the middle of town, and many of the businesses cater to backpackers.
With spring wildflowers and fall leaf peeping, the max patch trail is an easytomoderate hike on the appalachian trail near asheville, n. Sitting on the border of north carolina and tennessee, max patch features 360 mountain range views and sits along the appalachian trail. Iconic bald mountain with beautiful 360degree views of the blue ridge mountains. The appalachian trail conservancys mission is to preserve and manage the appalachian trail ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.42 106 1553 1642 1419 248 49 264 196 959 736 441 1446 730 1234 822 252 460 1461 899 650 1043 1577 174 1357 285 334 73 1163 1126 1234