Hiking trails abound near the Max Patch Retreat. You can walk the Appalachian Trail as it crosses Max Patch Mountain on the way to Hot Springs to the north and the Great Smoky Mountains to the south. Or head on over to the Big Creek or Cataloochee areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a little further away, but worth the drive. There are plenty of trails in Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests, too, and the retreat adjoins both.
A guest enjoys the view east from the summit of Max Patch Mountain.
Steps in the Appalachian Trail at the crest of Max Patch Mountain.