A short hike to epic panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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Max Patch is one of the most iconic and recognized peaks along the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail.

It's located between [Davenport Gap and Hot Springs](https://fatmap.com/routeid/40012/appalachian-trail:-davenport-gap-to-hot-springs), and this easy 1.5-mile loop is well-marked and great for any member of the family - including the dog! According to an article in "The Mountaineer," "this amazing area was cleared and used historically as a pasture for cattle and sheep back in the 1800s.

In the 1920s, there was even a landing strip for airplanes offering thrill rides," the author continues. Now located deep within Pisgah National Forest, this 4,600-foot bald, grassy summit is a popular hiking destination and an excellent spot to enjoy a Blue Ridge sunrise or sunset. Max Patch is extremely popular in the spring and summer months as it is typically 10 degrees cooler at the top than the nearby valley floors.

The changing colors of the fall and its beauty after a fresh snow also make it a year-round destination, though seasonal road closures may make wintertime travel more difficult.

Tent camping is available anywhere atop the peak, but make sure you are at least 200 feet off of the Appalachian Trail. Sources: https://www.theoutbound.com/north-carolina/backpacking/hike-from-max-patch-to-hot-springs-n-c https://www.romanticasheville.com/max-patch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Patch