Trails in the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area trailhead, see the Max Patch Mountain & Harmon Den Area Trailhead page.

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Appalachian Trail - Max Patch to Hot Springs

  • Appalachian Trail - Max Patch area to Hot Springs
  • mi, Hilly,

Buckeye Ridge Trail

  • This trail has panoramic views from open fields of Max Patch, follows both trail and old road. Park on SR 1182 at Cherry Ridge trailhead.
  • 5.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Cherry Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • This is a steep forest trail with rock outcrops and tight switchbacks. Climbs 1,300 feet in 1.6 miles from Cold Springs Road to the Appalachian Trail near Max Patch Mountain. Can be used to "Summit" Max Patch over a much more difficult route than the...
  • 1.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Cherry Ridge Trail

More Difficult
  • Primarily used as a horse trail, but open to hiking. Good connector trail between Cold Springs Horse Trail and Max Patch Road. Follow old logging road through hardwood forest. Park on SR 1182.
  • 1.1mi, ,

Cold Springs Trail

  • Primarily used as a horse trail, but open to hiking. Follow Cold Springs Creek through the woods. Park at junctions of NFSR 148 and 3526, or SR 1182 and NFSR 148.
  • 3.6mi, ,

Groundhog Creek Trail

  • This trail follows Groundhog Creek for most of its length. Just below the Appalachian Trail shelter the trail crosses an old road. Water is available along the trail and at the shelter. Offers 9.5 mile loop: Combine with Groundhog Creek, Rube Rock...
  • 1.9mi, ,

Horse Camp Loop Trail

  • Short loop around the horse camp; mostly used for horseback riding.
  • mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles

Long Loop Trail

  • Longer loop circling Max Patch Mountain. Descends into some beautiful meadows lower down the mountain with views back up to the top. Rhododendron tunnels. One section passes by the headwaters of a tiny stream, where a few very old, fat trees grow....
  • 2.4mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles

Robert Gap Trail

  • Primarily used as a horse trail, but open to hikers. Follows gated logging roads with several vistas and stream crossings. Begins and ends on SR 1182. Follow the road to make a loop.
  • 2.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Rube Rock Trail

Most Difficult
  • This trail is one of the district's most difficult trails due to steepness in several places. It intersects the Appalachian and Groundhog trails to form a 9.5 mile loop.
  • 4.5mi, ,

Short Loop Trail

  • Crosses the summit, which is exactly where you want to be when you visit Max Patch Mountain. Due to its central location, you can see just about everything from up here, from the Smokies, to Mount Mitchell, and halfway across Tennessee - which may be...
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles

Nearby Trails

The following trails cross into this trailhead area, but are primarily accessed from another trailhead: