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Hiking Max Patch

Intro

The Appalachian Trail follows the crest of the Appalachians along the North Carolina and Tennessee state line. In between the soaring mountains of the Great Smokies and the rolling hills of Hot Springs, the AT passes over the grassy bald known as Max Patch. The man-made meadow on top of the mountain was once home to large herds of grazing cattle. Today, the luscious green summit is home to one of the most acclaimed view-points in the Southeast and the herds have switched from bovine beasts to outdoor enthusiasts. A variety of trails can be used to access Max Patch. The most popular and pedestrian of the choices leads hikers to the grassy summit on a short, half -mile climb to the top.

What Makes It Great

At 4,600 feet, Max Patch is not a particularly high mountain, yet the views from the top are highly acclaimed. The view’s infamy comes from its grass covered summit stage, which offers long range views in every direction. The view is framed to the southwest by the northern giants of the National Park: Mt. Guyot, Mt. Sterling and Big Cataloochee. The Plott and Great Balsam Ranges paint the southeastern skyline while the towering crest of the Black Mountains stands guard to the east and the Roans to the north. The Patch is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills and mountains leading up to these mighty ridge lines in three directions. To the west, however, an uninterrupted view over the lush expanse of Tennessee allows for a famously stunning sunset view.

Several trail options line the sides and summit of Max Path. From the parking lot, visitors can take the direct route to the summit for a 1-mile round trip or the 2.4 miles loop which circumnavigates The PatchThose looking for a prolonged jaunt through the woods can follow the AT north or south as far as their hearts desire.

Who is Going to Love It

Photographers will find life-list photo opportunities atop Max Patch thanks to its ideal location on the western edge of the Appalachians. Bring your tripod along and set up for spectacular stellar and sunset shots. (Looking for more photogenic landscapes?) Romantics can take full advantage of Max Patch’s beauty by packing a blanket and picnic lunch to the easy access summit. Cap off your romantic evening as you return towards Asheville by taking a dip in the dreamy waters of nearby Hot Springs Resort. Anglers, bring your gear and cast a line in the Forest Service pond just past the parking area. The brave even venture to The Patch in winter for skiing and sledding amongst the sublime scenery.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

A trio of route options leads to Max Patch from Asheville. If you choose to tackle these routes in winter, come prepared with an emergency kit and snow-worthy vehicle. There is no access fee for the trailhead. Camping is allowed in nearby areas, but is prohibited on the summit itself. Venture just past the summit for the prime locations. Bring your fury friend along for this outing: the area is dog friendly and they will thoroughly enjoy the grassy summit!

Featured image provided by Jake Wheeler

DBO Round-Up Raises $400 for Brother Wolf

We’re proud to share that with your help we have raised $395.44 in just over two weeks for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue!

October 15-31, we offered shoppers the opportunity to round up their total to the nearest dollar amount to support the local No Kill rescue organization. For example: if your total is $19.78, .22 extra cents could be added to your total to go directly to Brother Wolf. Our downtown location alone had 563 customers round up their purchases!

As a local family-owned business, we appreciate the support we’ve received from the community over the years and celebrate the opportunity to give back to organizations that make Western North Carolina such a special place. With the success of this fundraiser, our plan is to hold similar round ups throughout the year in 2017.

Thanks, Asheville!

During the month of October, Brother Wolf was able to help connect over 300 animals with their new loving homes. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a No Kill organization based in Asheville and was founded to provide the resources and life saving programs to build a No Kill community. As a grassroots organization, BWAR operates a one-of-a-kind adoption center that is open to the public 365 days a year making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in our No Kill mission.

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DBO Round Up for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

We opened our first store in the Asheville area in 1964. From the very beginning, working with the community and other local businesses has been the bedrock of our success. Our team of outdoor experts still prefers to work one-on-one with each of our friends and neighbors who come through our doors. We volunteer with, donate to, sponsor, and host several nonprofits throughout the year and we’ve found another way for outdoor enthusiasts to support a great organization.

With every purchase at Diamond Brand Outdoors, between October 15-31, you’ll be given the opportunity to round up your total to the nearest dollar with all process benefiting Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. For example, if your total is $19.78, 22 cents can be added to your total to directly support Brother Wolf’s programs.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a No Kill organization based in Asheville and was founded to provide the resources and life saving programs to build a No Kill community. As a grassroots organization, BWAR operates a one-of-a-kind adoption center that is open to the public 365 days a year making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in our No Kill mission.

Our plan is to hold similar round ups throughout the year in 2017.

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