Impromptu drives in the mountains with sunset views are North Carolina’s claim to fame. If you're looking for a short North Carolina trail, you need to put Max Patch Mountain in your GPS as soon as possible. Pack some snacks and grab a blanket, because the sunset around this summit is radiating.

For a 1.5-mile hike, it’s pretty unbelievable, and that’s even counting the trip back to the parking lot.

Whether you take the short path directly up to the top or opt for the 2.4-mile loop, you’re going to need to catch your breath at the top - not from the walk but from the jaw-dropping 360-degree view.

Asheville Trails brags about Max Patch's "seemingly endless sunshine." It's pretty perfect since the top of Max Patch is an open meadow for sunset viewing. 

The area is nestled right along the North Carolina and Tennesse border, which means the best of both words: views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies

Max Patch is about an hour drive from Asheville and doesn't need to be sold because the views speak for themselves. 

You might even see hikers while you're at the top since Max Patch is a favorite Appalachian Trail stopping point.

The area is officially apart of Pisgah National Forest and features fields of wildflowers. 

People love coming to Max Patch to capture its unearthly sunsets. 

You can camp at the top, but expect some wind. No trees means a lot of breeze. 

An overnight on Max Patch is rewarding not only because of the sunset but for the stargazing too.

So if you spend the night you can count on the sunset and then wake up to the sunrise. It’s like two shows for the price of free.

Max Patch Mountain

Price: Free

Address: 8 Spring Creek, NC 

Why You Need To Go: Indulge yourself after a long day with soothing North Carolina sunset watching. 

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