Max Patch; The Blue Ridge Mountains
Mileage:1.16Miles Directions 35.796378,-82.962635
Rise: 300 FT Facebook
Hike Time: 45 min 3 kids (10,6,4) Weather
significance:360 views, Appalachian Trail
Here is some of what you need to know: This is one of those trails that is harder to drive to than it is to hike; you will drive miles and miles on a twisting mountain road, do not show up on an empty gas tank.
Regarding the North Carolina weather in April, the days were 70 Degrees but the nights dropped into the 30’s (we liked the day time better)
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The trail starts by walking through the front gate; it is a short walk with few obstacles and minimal elevation gain. You will emerge from the woods to the open fields of Max Patch with an impressive 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains.
The crowds were large considering the mountain was in the middle of nowhere. Of the few dozen people visiting here I would say half came by car and half were Through hikers stopping for the night. Do not worry, it is a big hilltop and their is plenty of room for everyone. Camping is allowed but not at the top of the mountain.
If you are any where near this mountain you have to stop by to see the view. Check out the nearby town of Cherokee; Here we camped at the Flaming Arrow campground. It was a prime location for hitting some great hikes in the smoky mountains. Our site had a view of a mountain, the bathrooms were clean, and the playground kept the kids (busy) happy.