Appalachian Trail: Davenport Gap to Max Patch Road

This 18.7-mile weekend trip starts with a 2,700-foot climb up Snowbird Mountain then descends and climbs again to Max Patch, an old homestead and logging camp.
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This 18.7-mile weekend trip starts with a 2,700-foot climb up Snowbird Mountain then descends and climbs again to Max Patch, an old homestead and logging camp.

Shelters: Groundhog Creek Shelter; sleeps 6; privy

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 30.1

Waypoints

WPT008

Location: 35.7729492, -82.995903

Brown Gap; 3 gravel roads converge

WPT009

Location: 35.7730827, -82.9955521

Unofficial campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT034

Location: 35.8013, -82.9453964

Gate

WPT010

Location: 35.7869339, -83.0735168

Painter Branch; dry

WPT022

Location: 35.783699, -83.0254364

Deep Gap; campsite (room for 2 tents); double track trail to W

WPT011

Location: 35.8129997, -82.9458008

Tiny stream crossing

WPT032

Location: 35.8007317, -82.9460831

Old fence

WPT012

Location: 35.7791672, -83.1118317

Stream crossing

WPT023

Location: 35.7999992, -82.9515839

Unofficial campsite (room for 5 tents)

WPT027

Location: 35.7975006, -82.9511032

Field with views to the WSW of Max Patch; campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT004

Location: 35.7853661, -83.1122818

AT turns E

WPT006

Location: 35.7738686, -83.0011368

Yellow-blazed Rube Rock Trail leads E. Overlook @ Hawk's Roost

WPT006

Location: 35.7837982, -83.0806503

Trail to campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT021

Location: 35.8232841, -82.9379196

Stream crossing

WPT002

Location: 35.783287, -83.1092682

AT turns W. Gravel road and 38 stone stairs

WPT037

Location: 35.8031006, -82.947998

Water

WPT038

Location: 35.8044014, -82.9495163

Trail to shelter

WPT009

Location: 35.7854156, -83.0770187

Unofficial campsite; water (room for 1 tent)

WPT014

Location: 35.7928352, -82.961647

Stream crossing downhill from parking

WPT019

Location: 35.7856178, -83.0449524

Unofficial campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT017

Location: 35.8228149, -82.9391174

Old side trail to E leads to former shelter

WPT010

Location: 35.7807846, -83.1148148

Blue-blazed trail to the W

WPT023

Location: 35.7836494, -83.0253143

AT turns W @ Y (for N-bound hikers); trail to shelter

WPT002

Location: 35.8045845, -82.9497986

Trail to shelter

WPT009

Location: 35.8120651, -82.9473801

Small stream crossing

WPT013

Location: 35.7920341, -82.9620132

Max Patch gravel road; gravel road W; gate; NC 1182

WPT005

Location: 35.8051491, -82.9526825

Roaring Fork

WPT004

Location: 35.7829018, -83.1020813

AT turns E @ stream crossing; Green Corner; cross gravel rd. (Standing Bear Hostel .3 mi. N on rd.)

ZZZ014

Location: 35.7705498, -83.1110992

Davenport Gap; TN 32; NC 84; E boundary of Great Smoky Mountains NP

WPT003

Location: 35.7835655, -83.108902

Unofficial campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT009

Location: 35.7812157, -83.1148682

Side trail to the E to Unofficial campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT015

Location: 35.8187675, -82.9403992

Stream crossing; saw bear cub @ crossing. Roaring Fork Shelter

WPT011

Location: 35.7823181, -82.9784851

Unofficial campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT033

Location: 35.8010674, -82.9454193

Gate; gravel road

WPT019

Location: 35.7945824, -82.9578018

Mowed section (S end)

WPT003

Location: 35.8046837, -82.9499512

Trail to shelter; side trail to the W

WPT020

Location: 35.7845345, -83.0441513

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT011

Location: 35.7893333, -83.0751495

Old double track heads W; Spanish Oak Gap

WPT011

Location: 35.780735, -83.1147003

Small stream crossing

WPT004

Location: 35.8048515, -82.9503326

Trail to shelter

WPT010

Location: 35.8123817, -82.9462814

Side trail to the E to campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT008

Location: 35.7814674, -83.1150818

Stream crossing

WPT016

Location: 35.7928352, -82.9582672

Gravel road; W to parking

WPT018

Location: 35.7934685, -82.9577484

S end of field

WPT012

Location: 35.7881165, -83.0693359

Unofficial campsite (room for 4 tents); jeep road W

WPT013

Location: 35.7891846, -83.0550003

AT turns E @ jct. with trail heading straight to gravel road

WPT005

Location: 35.7826653, -83.1016312

AT turns W @ trail jct. off gravel road

WPT016

Location: 35.7895851, -83.0524368

FAA tower

WPT001

Location: 35.783287, -83.1092682

Walking N

ZZZ015

Location: 35.8251991, -82.9376144

Lemon Gap; NC 1182; Max Patch Rd.; TN 107

WPT018

Location: 35.7882996, -83.0491333

N end of field

WPT020

Location: 35.8232155, -82.9384537

Trail to campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT010

Location: 35.7733154, -82.9945984

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT025

Location: 35.7993317, -82.9512482

Old double track trail to the W

WPT001

Location: 35.7862816, -83.1017838

Standing Bear Hostel

WPT007

Location: 35.7841492, -83.0797653

Trail to campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT019

Location: 35.8231659, -82.9386826

Stream crossing

WPT015

Location: 35.7928162, -82.9615631

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT007

Location: 35.8064003, -82.9517975

Bridge

WPT012

Location: 35.7892838, -82.9642029

AT turns W @ jct. with yellow-blazed Cherry Creek Trail

WPT005

Location: 35.7850685, -83.112915

Pigeon River; bridge crossing

WPT029

Location: 35.7984009, -82.9480667

Walk through tunnel of rhododendrons

WPT013

Location: 35.8157501, -82.9435654

Old jeep road

WPT020

Location: 35.7972832, -82.9568634

AT crests Max Patch Mtn. (4629 ft.)

WPT024

Location: 35.7999992, -82.9505844

AT turns E @ jct. with side trail to the W

WPT003

Location: 35.7837982, -83.1101837

I-40 underpass

WPT028

Location: 35.7976685, -82.949585

AT turns E @ jct. with Buckeye Ridge Trail; trail to W

WPT007

Location: 35.7827682, -83.1150131

Stream crossing

WPT022

Location: 35.8001328, -82.9522324

AT turns E; N end of field; mowed; unofficial campsite (room for 4 tents). Trail to unofficial campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT004

Location: 35.7790337, -83.0110855

Unofficial campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT015

Location: 35.7894325, -83.053215

Snowbird Mtn. (4,263 ft.)

WPT014

Location: 35.8180351, -82.9410324

Stream crossing

WPT006

Location: 35.7842827, -83.1136856

AT turns W; road and woods boundary

WPT026

Location: 35.7991333, -82.9514999

Piped spring

WPT039

Location: 35.8047676, -82.9497299

Roaring Fork Shelter

WPT036

Location: 35.8030663, -82.9481201

Side trail to the E leads to water; campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT021

Location: 35.7840157, -83.0430145

Side trail leads W for 20 ft. to Wildcat Spring

WPT030

Location: 35.7986679, -82.9473343

AT turns E along brush. Buckeye Ridge Rrail to the E; end of field

WPT017

Location: 35.7928848, -82.958252

Trail to Max Patch Trailhead

WPT003

Location: 35.7817841, -83.0259857

Groundhog Creek Shelter

WPT008

Location: 35.8103828, -82.948616

Stream crossing

WPT031

Location: 35.7995338, -82.9468307

Semi-open terrain (N end)

WPT001

Location: 35.7837486, -83.0253677

Deep Gap

WPT013

Location: 35.7779999, -83.1110153

Powerline

WPT035

Location: 35.8015518, -82.9469147

Stream crossing

WPT006

Location: 35.8051834, -82.9527512

AT turns E

WPT014

Location: 35.7892342, -83.0542831

S end of field

WPT016

Location: 35.8219681, -82.9399338

Stream crossing

WPT018

Location: 35.8233337, -82.9393158

Stream crossing

WPT005

Location: 35.7765999, -83.0046463

Old jeep road S; converge

WPT017

Location: 35.7886314, -83.0503311

Unofficial campsite (room for 1 tent); views SE

WPT008

Location: 35.7845993, -83.079216

Painter Branch

WPT007

Location: 35.7739983, -82.9997864

Blue-blazed trail to the W

WPT012

Location: 35.8140335, -82.9440689

Tiny stream crossing

IMG_3490

Location: 35.7971001, -82.9575195

IMG_3342

Location: 35.7835503, -83.1087494

IMG_3548

Location: 35.8002167, -82.9525833

IMG_3954

Location: 35.7820663, -83.115303

IMG_3691

Location: 35.8152847, -82.9435654

IMG_3437

Location: 35.7925682, -82.9617004

IMG_3610

Location: 35.7982178, -82.9484863

IMG_3394

Location: 35.7886009, -83.0502167

IMG_3358

Location: 35.7818336, -83.0997696

IMG_3399

Location: 35.7886009, -83.0502167

IMG_3616

Location: 35.7985992, -82.9474335

IMG_3686

Location: 35.8112183, -82.9477997