I’m always yearning to go to the mountains. There’s something about them that helps me detox the routine of everyday life and connect to the world around me. Max Patch has been on my places to hike, and photograph, for a while now. I really can’t believe I’ve lived in East Tennessee my whole life and never experienced this beautiful place before.
The views at the top exceeded my expectations. You can turn all the way around and have gorgeous mountain views in every direction. I also loved that it wasn’t very crowded. I’m already planning to take another trip back here when the leaves start to change in a couple of months. I may just need to go camping here with Kyle so I can be at the top early enough for sunrise pictures.
What is Max Patch and How to Get There
Max Patch is a bald located on the Tennessee-North Carolina line in the Pisgah National Forest. Part of the Appalachian Trail passes through Max Patch. Getting there wasn’t bad until we got off the interstate. From Knoxville, follow 40E to the Harmon Den exit. From there you enter into Pisgah National Forest and the road is a gravel/dirt road up to the top. We saw a TON of wildlife this morning including two elk (off the interstate) and a baby bear. There are signs to guide you to the top but it doesn’t hurt to use GPS as well. Plenty of parking is available. Then it’s just a short “hike” (more like a steep walk) to the top of the bald.
Pictures don’t do it justice. It really is a special place that you need to see for yourself. But, of course, I took a TON of pictures. Here are a few of my favorites.