Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Max Patch

Drive Guide - Max Patch from Atlanta

  • Duration: 3:25
  • Google Maps URL from Atlanta (33.91998, -84.33898) to Max Patch: Click Here
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • East on I-285
    • I-85 N and go 17
    • I-985 N / GA-365 and go 52.6
    • US 441 N and go 43.5
    • US 64 E / US 23 N and go 20 on US 23.
    • Google Map’s new route (maybe 10 minutes faster than original, but more dirt road miles):
      • Ramp R to US 74 E (Great Smoky Mtn Expwy) and go 22.8
      • Exit 104 - US 23 Business, Junaluska.
      • L on Bus-23 and go 16 on Bus-23/Max Patch Rd
      • L fork on Max Patch Rd (as road turns to dirt) and go 2.9
      • L and immediate R and go 4.8.
    • Original Route:
      • Ramp R to US 74 E (Great Smoky Mtn Expwy) and go 25.7
      • I-40 West and go 21
      • Exit 7 - Harmon Den. Note: It is about 0:30 from here to parking lot.
      • R on Harmon Den Rd / Cold Springs Rd (FS-148) and go 3.6
        • (At about 3.2 it is a little ambiguous; FS-148 keeps to Right)
      • Hard L on Max Patch Rd and go 0.2
      • Keep L on Max Patch Rd and go 1.5
      • Park at big lot on R (35.796401, -82.962596)
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Waynesville NC (0.2 R on US-276 south)
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Sylva NC (1.2 R on Business 23)
    • Others: Franklin NC (bad service); Clayton GA (busy)
    • Preferred: Cornelia GA, on Level Grove Rd.

Drive Guide - Max Patch from Knoxville

  • Duration: 1:45
  • Google Maps URL from Knoxville to Max Patch to Walnut to Knoxville:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • I-40 E from Alcoa Hwy and go 71.7
    • Exit 7 - Harmon Den
    • L on Harmon Den Rd / Cold Springs Rd (FS-148) and go 3.6
      • Note: It is about 0:30 from here to parking lot.
      • (At about 3.2 it is a little ambiguous; FS-148 keeps to Right)
    • L on Fall Branch Rd at T, and go 2.5
    • Hard L on Max Patch Rd and go 0.2
    • Keep L on Max Patch Rd and go 1.5
    • Park at big lot on R (35.796401, -82.962596)
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Newport TN
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Dandridge TN - State Hwy 92 exit

Drive Guide - Max Patch TO Atlanta

  • Directions:
    • L from Max Patch parking and go 1.6
    • Keep R on 1182 (not L on 1181) and go 0.2
    • Sharp R on unnamed road at Robert Gap and go 2.5
    • R on Fall Branch Rd and go 0.5
    • S on Cold Springs Creek Rd and go 3.2
    • Cross under I-40 and go L onto I-40 EAST and go 20.3
    • Exit 27, US-23 south, to US-441 south to Atlanta

Trail Guide

  • Duration:
    • Option 0 = 0.3, 350’. 0:15 up and 0:10 down. “Center trail.”
    • Option 1 = 0.3, 350’. 0:20 up and 0:10 down (respectful overland route);
    • Option 2 = 0.6, 350’. 0:30 up and 0:20 down (trail to the left, from parking lot)
    • Option 3 = 0.9, 350’. 0:30 up and 0:20 down (trail to right, from parking lot, to AT where you turn L)
    • If you take a trail, the trail to the L is nicer than the trail to the R.
  • Navigation (I have GPX traces of both routes. Contact me, if you want them.)
    • At the end of the lot away from the road, there’s a 3-way trail fork (NE, E, SE).
    • The “center route” (direct to the summit) was ‘permanently closed’ due to vandalism. It is no longer marked as closed in August of 2017.
    • Overland route:
      • Take the R (SE) fork toward 35.79464, -82.96009
      • After a respectful distance away from the closed route, head cross-country to the summit.
    • Left Trail route:
      • Take left trail at trailhead, to 35.79684,-82.96219
      • Continue on same trail to 35.79890,-82.95562.
      • Right turn and follow AT to your R to summit coordinate.
  • Trailhead altitude: 4333
  • Summit altitude: 4629
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.796401, -82.962596
    • Summit: 35.7973, -82.9569

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: No
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: ATT=no in 2017; Vzn=no in 2014; APRS=intermittent in 2017.
  • Unique features: Big field with big views