Max Patch

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Max Patch
Appalachian Trail crosses the grassy bald area atop Max Patch Mountain.jpg
Max Patch Bald
Elevation 4,629 ft (1,411 m)[1]
Location Madison County, North Carolina, U.S.
Range Bald Mountains[2]
Coordinates 35°47′49″N 82°57′25″W / 35.7970454°N 82.9568108°W / 35.7970454; -82.9568108Coordinates: 35°47′49″N 82°57′25″W / 35.7970454°N 82.9568108°W / 35.7970454; -82.9568108[3]
Topo map USGS Lemon Gap

Max Patch is a bald mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee Border in Madison County, North Carolina and Cocke County, Tennessee. It is a major landmark along the Tennessee/North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail, although its summit is located in North Carolina. It is known for its 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, namely the Bald Mountains in the immediate vicinity, the Unakas to the north, the Great Smokies to the south, and the Great Balsams and Black Mountains to the southeast. A small parking area is located near the summit with a short loop trail.

In December 2012 and January 2013, vandals on ATVs and four-wheel-drive vehicles broke through barriers and drove up the face of the mountain and created deep ruts, erosion and other damage. A plan is in the works that will help deter future vandalism by having more permanent barricades than the barbed wire and poles that have been in place for decades.[4]


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