Buckeye Ridge Horse Trail
ElevationAscent: 526' 160 m
Descent: -380' -116 m
High: 4,338' 1,322 m
Low: 4,113' 1,253 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A commonly used horse and llama trail that is just off of Max Patch Road.”— Max Willner
The trail is open to both foot traffic and pack animals, and offers excellent views of distant mountains and endless forests along the ridge just south of the Max Patch Mountain Loop. Don't be surprised to see the occasional llama convoy!
From Hot Springs follow Hwy 209 South. Turn right onto Meadow Fork Road at the Max Patch sign. Turn right onto SR 1181 and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Directions via I-40 from Asheville: Take I-40 West about 40 miles to exit 7 (Harmon's Den). Take a right on Cold Springs Road. This gravel road leads to SR-1182 (Max Patch Rd). It's recommended that drivers take a 4WD vehicle in inclement weather, as handling may prove difficult. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the Max Patch parking area on the right.
This is also a great location for birding enthusiasts; such species include but are certainly not limited to: Black-throated Blue Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, Brewster's Warbler, Canada Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Golden-winged Warblers, Goldfinches, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and Yellow-breasted Chat.
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Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District