Ranger | 345 pts
From the Max Patch parking lot it's a quick and easy hike up to the bald. The view from Max Patch really cannot be beat-- it offers 365 degree views of the mountains in all directions, including all the way into Smokey Mountain National Park. To get a few more miles in, walk the nearly 3-mile loop that starts at the top of the bald. Like another hiker mentioned already, Max Patch really must be experienced at sunset. Bring a blanket or a few compact camping chairs and spend a few hours atop the bald, watching the stars come out. It's also possible to camp at the top of Max Patch-- there are designated camping spots. On your way home, stop in the trail town of Hot Springs and grab a meal. It's really the best way to spend the day!