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.
Tom & Rebecca Rating:
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Hikes are Moderate to Easy
There is something for everyone
Easy Access to Trails
Great Fishing Pond
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.
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.