Max Patch Road and Environs Professional Review and Guide
"Max Patch Road represents a mix of old fields, hillsides and pastureland, fast-moving streams, a grassy bald, and mixed forests, culminating in Max Patch Bald. Elevation ranges from 1,900 feet at the Interstate 40 end of Cold Springs Road to 4,629 feet at Max Patch Bald. Max Patch Road traverses Pisgah National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail crosses the road. Prior to reaching the national forest, the road winds its way through farmland, hilly pastureland, old fields, and second-growth forest.
Habitats: Grassy balds, old fields, pastureland, hardwoods and mixed conifer-hardwood forests, streams, rhododendron thickets. Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Ruffed Grouse; Great Crested and Least Flycatcher; Eastern Kingbird; Winter Wren; Veery; Golden-winged, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Hooded, Canada, Black-throated Blue, Blackthroated Green, Blackburnian, and Worm-eating Warbler; American Redstart; Grasshopper Sparrow; Scarlet Tanager; Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeak."