Spring Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

East Tennessee holds no shortage of beautiful places, but there’s nothing quite like Max Patch in spring. With warm weather right around the corner, everyone has grown antsy to get outside.

Max Patch sunrise 3/16/2018

Hikers can locate Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina. Just under a two hour drive from Knoxville, the outlook makes the hours in the car worth it. With a panoramic view from the top, it feels like you are on top of the world. If you are new and looking to get into hiking, you will find the perfect trail options. Either a two mile loop to the top or a steep walk straight from the parking lot, Max Patch has a very low difficulty level.

The drive to Max Patch, although bumpy, becomes self explanatory. Signs direct every turn you make, leaving no worry of getting lost. Be sure to bring a sweatshirt, a camera, and a kite for the top to ensure the best time. Once at the summit, relax either by yourself or with friends and enjoy the serenity of the Appalachian Mountains.

Being a part of the Appalachian Trail (AT) backpackers are known to come through frequently, which makes camping an inexpensive option on Max Patch. There is no need to make a camping reservation at Max Patch, just show up with a tent and your dog. Although prohibited at the summit, camping becomes an option after a short hike down to a grove with a spot to pitch your tent, and holds another gorgeous view.

When asked about previous experiences, all hikers responded positively. Central Younglife leader Tori Creech stated, “When I’m at Max Patch I feel like I’m in Ireland or some other country, it is a beautiful wide open space that is perfect for hanging out with friends and it isn’t too far away. It’s one of my favorite day-trip places.”

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