Max Patch, Hot Springs

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Max Patch is a bald mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee Border in Madison County, North Carolina, and Cocke County, Tennessee. It is a major landmark along the Tennessee/North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail, although its summit is located in North Carolina. It is known for its 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, namely the Bald Mountains in the immediate vicinity; the Unakas to the north; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the south; and the Great Balsams and Black Mountains to the southeast. A small parking area is located near the summit with a short loop trail. There are no public bathrooms or trash cans and parking is limited at the site.
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  • If you want an easier hike go left at the sign so that you will be coming down the stairs at the end of your hike. The views at the top are beautiful but sadly many people ignore the dozens of signs.....  more
    If you want an easier hike go left at the sign so that you will be coming down the stairs at the end of your hike. The views at the top are beautiful but sadly many people ignore the dozens of signs.....  more »
  • What a view!! I have been wanting to visit for a few years now and for my birthday my husband took me. The flowers were so pretty. We went through the week, so it was not packed. It was kinda hot... 
    What a view!! I have been wanting to visit for a few years now and for my birthday my husband took me. The flowers were so pretty. We went through the week, so it was not packed. It was kinda hot...  more »
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  • Short hike up to an amazing view! However many visitors have trashed the place in the past and it is closed to camping. REMEMBER TO LEAVE NO TRACE!! Pack in and pack out, don’t leave your dogs waste in a bag by the sign, there are no magical trash fairies that take your trash away. They will close this down if people continue to destroy the area!
  • Max Patch is a beautiful place now that the mountain top has had a chance to regrow after being destroyed by campers! Grass is healthy and the bees and birds are a fun site to see! The surrounding mountains just make the bald so much better!

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