​Dancing Sun Cabins
1985 Roaring Fork Road, Hot Springs, NC 28743, Madison County, USA 828-622-9569

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Hiking at Max Patch
Tom and Rebecca Rating

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Hikes are Moderate to Easy 
There is something for everyone
Easy Access to Trails
Great Fishing Pond

Max Patch is one of the most popular hiking areas in our region. It is a large bald that offers incredible views. The Appalachian Trail runs right across the top. It is a nice hike from Max Patch to Lemon Gap if you have 2 vehicles. It is possible to hike from Max Patch to Dancing Sun Cabins. Talk with Tom and Rebecca about those directions. 
From the parking lot, there are several trail choices. You can walk around the base of the mountain and then up to the top for an incredible 360 degree view. You can also walk on a trail called Buckeye Ridge. This trail goes further along the base come out at the pond below Max Patch. It  runs from the Pond around the base of the mountain and comes out on Max Patch Road. Buckeye Ridge is used by horses so can be a bit muddy.


Max Patch is a great place to watch the sunset.
There is nothing like watching the moon rise when the sun is setting at Max Patch.
View from Buckeye Ridge Trail
Sitting on top of the world.
Top of Max Patch looking down at Buckeye Ridge Trail
April snow remains on Max Patch
Here is a Video of a friend of ours playing the Digeridoo on Max Patch
Below is a short Video of the Blue Moon Rising over Max Patch
Driving Directions to Max Patch:
It takes about 20 minutes to drive up to Max Patch from Dancing Sun Cabins. Go to the end of Roaring Fork Road and turn Right onto Meadow Fork Road. Proceed until you see a brown sign pointing to the Right. Turn Right on Little Creek Road toward Max Patch. Stay to the Left at the first fork and go until you come to a
 "T" intersection. You will see a sign pointing Right to Max Patch. Turn right on Max Patch Road. You will come to the parking lot on the right. The pond is beyond the parking lot.