Max Patch

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
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Max Patch sits next to the Tennessee state line in the Harmon Den area. At 4,629 feet this bald offers 360-degree vistas of Mount Mitchell to the east and Great Smoky Mountains to the southwest. An abundance of ferns and grasses blanket the bald, making it perfect for picnics. Fishing is offered at the pond past the main parking lot. The Appalachian Trail crosses this area. For information on the Appalachian Trail visit

At a Glance

Fees No fee
Open Season: Year Round
Water: None
Restroom: None

General Information


From Hot Springs take NC 209S for 7.3 miles to SR 1175. Go south on SR 1175 for 5.3 miles. Take SR 1181 about 3.5 miles to the end. Turn right on SR 1182 for 1.5 miles.

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Appalachian Ranger District
632 Manor Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-9694 

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Permits & Regulations

Cold mountain streams, rivers and some ponds offer trout fishing. While the US Forest Service manages stream quality, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission regulates fishing seasons and limits. A state license is required for fishing. Every angler should get a copy of the Regulations Digest from the commission by calling (919) 662-4381 or from the website:, select "regulations".


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