Max Patch

Waynesville, North Carolina

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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, take the Max Patch Loop Trail, traversing the western slopes opening into Tennessee. Take the short side trip to the 4,629-foot summit of Max Patch, soaking in 360-degree panoramas. Trace the AT northbound into highland forests. Return to the trailhead in a field and forest menagerie, soaking in more highland panoramas.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

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, take the Max Patch Loop Trail, traversing the western slopes opening into Tennessee.

Take the short side trip to the 4,629-foot summit of Max Patch, soaking in 360-degree panoramas. Trace the AT northbound into highland forests. Return to the trailhead in a field and forest menagerie, soaking in more highland panoramas.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Maps: National Geographic #782 French Broad & Nolichucky Rivers, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests; USGS Lemon Gap
Driving Directions: Directions to Max Patch

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Apr 2018