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Appalachian Trail: Brown Gap to Max Patch

Go 6.9 miles on the Blue Ridge, mostly tracing the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, to one of the largest balds in the Southern Appalachians.

Rating

The summit of Max Patch might be the best picnic spot for a Blue Ridge sunset. This 6.9-mile route traces the NC/TN border along birch- and larkspur-lined paths.

To Trailhead

From I-40 exit 7, head N on Cold Springs Rd. (FR 148). Take first L (FR 148A) just before Harmon Den parking lot. Drive 1.3 miles to trailhead @ Brown Gap.

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