Picnic On Max Patch Mountain

Tennessee Max Patch Mountain Trailhead

Added by Justin Costner

Distance: 3 mile round tripElevation gain: 350 ftFlat, open mountain summit360 degree vistas of Great Smoky Mountains and Black Mountains

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. With little elevation gain and a short distance it is also very family (and dog!) friendly.

A section of the Appalachian Trail crosses right over the bald so keep an eye out for rugged looking looking backpackers who are tackling the AT trek. This also means there is potential to camp/backpack this area, although not on the Max Patch bald itself. Take the AT in either direction and you'll find places to camp without going more than a mile or two.

To find the trailhead from Asheville, head out of town on NC-63 W. Drive 31 miles, turn right on NC 209, staying on for a 1.7 miles then making a series of quick turns; left on Caldwell Mountain Road; right on Meadow Fork Road; left on Little Creek Road; and finally a right onto Max Patch Road. A couple miles up Max Patch Road, look for a large parking lot on the right side of the road. There is an obvious trail leading away from the road and up to Max Patch Mountain.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Picnic supplies
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

8 months ago

Beautiful Spot

Max Patch is one of my favorites if you want to experience a good sunset. You can either hike and make it a longer trek or drive to the base and park. Once on top, you are greeted with beautiful panoramic views. Grab a blanket because it tends to get a little chilly at night, relax, and watch the sunset. I suggest to stargaze a little too!

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

Amazing Spot

Max Patch is a favorite of many people in the area as an easy getaway. The road up the mountain take you to a parking lot near the top for a short hike to the summit. At the top, there are 360-degree views and plenty of room to spread out and have fun. I would recommend bringing lunch, a good book, or a football or soccer ball. Definitely a great place to go.

about 1 year ago

More Adventures Nearby

Visit The Mindfield

Tennessee / The Mindfield

Driving through Brownsville, TN you might miss "The Mindfield" if you aren't paying attention. It's situated behind a barber shop and a motel.

Adam Hite
11 Saves

Hike House Mountain, TN

Tennessee / House Mountain Welcome Center

House Mountain is a short, at times strenuous hike that is doable in all weather conditions.

Davis Coulter
35 Saves

Hike at The Outback at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Tennessee / Shelby Farms Dog Park - The Outback

Parking can be found at Raleigh Lagrange Rd and Trinity Rd. There are several trails to follow as well as trails that can be found into the wooded areas.

Adam Hite
10 Saves