Summary: 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.
Trailhead: From Asheville, NC, take I-40 West to exit #7. This is the Harmons Den exit which turns into a gravel road right after the exit. Go north, while following the signs to the parking area at Max Patch. This is approximately a 20 - 25 minute drive from I-40. (Lat:35.47 Lon:-82.57)
Trail Guides for Max Patch - Long Loop:
North Carolina Hiking Trails
by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Appalachian/French Broad Ranger District, 828-622-3202
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tom Duchac, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Lodgemaster on 8/28/2008
I closely followed DewChak's route and went by three Hooter's. I'll sure take other hikes reccommended by Tom. The Lodgemaster.
Reviewed by ZH on 11/12/2007
The drive from the I-40 exit is more like 45 minutes and really annoying when people come roaring up on your back bumper. When we got to the trailhead, the parking area looked like the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. This one is a little too popular for me but I did see several other trails on the way to the parking area I might try.
Reviewed by Lexi and Yoni on 3/13/2007
Great hike for beginners. not strenuous, and you get great views. Trail goes through open fields and mountains and also wooded area. Very Fun!
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