From the east or west take Exit 40 (Harmon’s Den). Head north and the road almost immediately becomes gravel. You are on FR-148. This usually well-graded road climbs steadily but never steeply 6.2 miles to SR-1182 (Max Patch Rd). Turn left on SR-1182 and drive 1.5 miles to the Max Patch parking area on the right. You can’t miss it.
Max Patch is a local favorite in the south-west mountains of North Carolina.. It is one of the most-visited peaks in the area. What makes Max Patch so unique and popular is its 300+ acres of grassy bald that is easily accessible to most anyone.
Max Patch sits in northern Haywood County, North Carolina less than a mile from the Tennessee state line. It’s location gives Max Patch sweeping vistas in all directions. The Great Smoky Mountains, only 20 miles away, dominate the southwest horizon. To the west the terrain drops over 3600 feet into the flatlands of eastern Tennessee. To the east, 50 miles distant, rises the dark ridgeline of the Black Mountains. Endless ridges and peaks fill in the panorama everywhere else.
“Two easy loop trails lead you to, and around, the summit. The 1.4-mile short loop crosses the summit. The 2.4-mile loop circles the mountain for outstanding views from all the sides. From the parking lot, follow the marked trail to the left. You will ascend through a forest and then reach the top for amazing views. The rest of the hike is on the grassy bald. You can also hike north or south on the Appalachian Trail for as far as you want.” From Romantic Asheville