Picnic On Max Patch Mountain

Tennessee Max Patch Mountain Trailhead

Added by Justin Costner

  • Distance: 3 mile round trip
  • Elevation gain: 350 ft
  • Flat, open mountain summit
  • 360 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
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Easy Parking
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How to Get There

3 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!

3 months ago

7 months 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.

7 months ago

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