Outdoors: Hike with a view

  • Max Patch is one of the area’s most popular outdoor destinations. At more than 4000 feet above sea level, the 350-acre grassy bald provides stunning panoramic views of Mount Mitchell to the north and the Great Smoky Mountains to the south, along with dozens of pristine areas to camp or lounge. Located on the Appalachian Trail in Madison County, approximately an hour from downtown Asheville, Max Patch is perfect for all-day excursions or even the spontaneous afternoon picnic. Just be sure to bring a camera. — D.S.