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Max Patch Mountain

Trail Name: Appalachian Trail

Location: Pisgah National Forest

Hike Length: There are two trails. A short 1.4 mile trail or a 2.4-mile loop

Difficulty: Easy

Features: 360 degree mountain views

Hike Type: Loop

Distance from Downtown Asheville: About 47 miles

Max Patch is a much loved and often visited bald in Western North Carolina. It offers a great opportunity to hike a small part of the Appalachian Trail and enjoy one of the most gorgeous views these mountains have to offer. Pack a picnic, sit back and enjoy a sunset!

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Linn Cove Viaduct – Blue Ridge Parkway

Linn Cove Viaduct

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway, Near Milepost 305

Hike Length: Pull-off

Difficulty: NA

Features: Mountain Views, Linn Cove Viaduct

Hike Type: NA

Distance from Asheville: About 70 miles

The Linn Cove Viaduct is a fascinating marvel of engineering that you should definitely visit and explore. Coming from Asheville, you will pass a Visitors Center where you can read all about the construction of this 1,243-foot concrete bridge. Once you cross the Viaduct there is parking on the side of the Parkway. If you scramble up a rock at the end of the bridge on the left, you will see the view in the above picture.

There is also a trail that goes beneath the bridge and leads you to a rock facing the other direction for another vantage point of this beautiful piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Other hikes and things to see in this area:


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Beacon Heights – Blue Ridge Parkway Hike near Grandfather Mountain

Beacon Heights


Location: Blue Ridge Parkway, Near Milepost 305

Hike Length: .8 miles round-trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: Mountain Views

Hike Type: Out & Back

Distance from Asheville: About 70 miles

A few weeks ago we decided to drive up to the mountains and camp on a Tuesday night so that we could catch a sunset and a sunrise without making the long drive twice in 12 hours. It made for a long Wednesday but it was worth it! Tuesday evening we hiked Beacon Heights trail for the first time and it’s a very short hike with a very beautiful view! The trail is moderately steep but only about 1 mile round trip. There were probably about a dozen other people up there on a Tuesday in October but there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the view!

This easy to access trail is located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain.

Other hikes and things to see in this area:



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Launching Lose the Trail!


Launching Lose the Trail!

This is our first post on ‘Lose the Trail’. Lose the Trail came about because of our love for the outdoors! We love photography and have been successful in the industry for several years now. We also love to hike, go backpacking, and explore the wilderness that encircles us. We are combining these loves into ‘Lose the Trail’. On our website and social media channels, our desire is that you fall in love with the beauty that surrounds us like we have.

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