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NC Max Patch, AT Summit Trail - Hiking


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Lat: 35.813702
Lng: -82.885597


Marker owner: ahertzberg



Average user rating for this marker: 5

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Marker Description: Really nice trail near Hot Springs, NC. 9.5 miles round trip but there are shorter trails and ways to go via spur trails. I got lost somehow and felt like I was in a remake of Blair Witch...kept coming back to the same spot...but that's just me. Max Patch is a local favorite in the south-west mountains of North Carolina. What makes Max Patch so unique and popular is its 300+ acres of grassy bald that is easily accessible to most anyone.
Max Patch sits in northern Haywood County, North There are sweeping vistas in all directions. The Great Smoky Mountains, only 20 miles away, dominate the southwest horizon. To the west the terrain drops over 3600 feet into the flatlands of eastern Tennessee. To the west, 50 miles distant, rises the dark ridgeline of the Black Mountains. Endless ridges and peaks fill in the panorama everywhere else. Trailhead: From Knoxville: I-40 East to Exit 7 Harmon Den (NC). Turn left at end of exit ramp onto gravel road. Follow this road for about 6 miles then turn left until it ends. Turn left onto Max Patch Road, the parking area is about 2.5 miles on right.

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