One can get a bit complacent about ones' surroundings......despite good intentions, after living here for a few years, goals to get out and enjoy this beautiful part of the country have gone by the way side. Now that I am no longer flying off here and there to share my techniques with other quilters, hopefully more time will be devoted to hiking.
And so it begins........
At an elevation of 4,629 feet, Max Patch boasts a 360-degree view of the Appalachian Mountains including the Blue Ridge and the Smokies. The Appalachian Trail crosses the top of the grassy bald. Wildflowers bloom there in the spring and fantastic leaf color can be seen in the fall.
A short hike from the parking lot to the top unveils this view.The white blaze posts of the Appalachian Trail mark the trail that crosses the Max Patch trail.
The Max Patch Trail extends 2.4 miles.....and allows for fairly easy walking.
Spring is just arriving here.....and we are now being greeted by beautiful wild flowers.
We hiked early in the day to beat the crowds. On the way home, we stopped for brunch at one of the very few restaurants in the area. A charming place, friendly staff but inedible food....really it was....sorry to say.
Though it's certainly an all-purpose country store!