Max Patch Photos by SCJack © 2006
Scenic Max Patch Mountain sits upon a high knob overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Black Mountains. The 350 acres was purchased in order to relocate the Appalachian Trail off the highway, and onto national forest service land. The elevation here is about 4,500 feet. So the next time you venture out for a winter hike to the high country, the landscape can be cast in frozen beauty called rime ice.
Drive directions: From I-40 take Exit 7 Harmon Den on the NC side. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto a gravel road. Follow this road for about 6 miles then turn left until it ends. Turn left onto Max Patch Road. The parking area is about 2.5 miles on the right. There is a 1 mile loop trail.
Update: Tonight I found a website featuring more images of rime ice and snow in the NC mountains. Check it out...the images are gorgeous!
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