Max Patch and Hot Springs Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike offers some tremendous views from the top of Max Patch and takes you over Walnut and Bluff Mountains on the hike into Hot Springs, North Carolina. Max Patch is the southernmost open, grassy bald on the A.T., and the panoramic view takes in the Black Mountains to the east, including Mount Mitchell, and many of the peaks in the Great Smokies to the west. Walnut and Bluff Mountains do not offer any views, but the hike follows a beautiful wooded section of trail and crosses several small streams as it passes through the Roaring Fork Valley.
Three shelters along this hike create several options for overnighting, but to divide the hike into two nearly equal days, you will need to use a tent. This hike gains less than 1,000 feet in elevation in the first 7 miles."