Max Patch

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Make an easy circuit through and around this former mountaintop pasture, now a protected meadow with superlative views, known as being the Grandstand of the Smokies. First, the Max Patch Loop Trail traverses the western slopes opening into Tennessee.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Make an easy circuit through and around this former mountaintop pasture, now a protected meadow with superlative views, known as being the Grandstand of the Smokies. First, the Max Patch Loop Trail traverses the western slopes opening into Tennessee.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Knoxville
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,330 feet
Top Elevation: 4,629 feet
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District: 828-689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #782 French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers; Appalachian Trail Conservancy TN–NC Maps 3 and 4; USGS Lemon Gap
Driving Directions: Directions to Max Patch

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