Max Patch Ban Continues
The ban on camping on Max Patch Mountain on the Tennessee-North Carolina border is being extended. Two years ago in July of 2021, the National Forest Service decided to curtail the use of the popular mountain due to overuse. Since that time, the mountain has been closed to overnight camping, campfires, groups larger than 10 people plus other recreational uses. The Forest Service says that while the mountain is recovering, the area still needs more time to heal. So, the restrictions on Max Patch will continue for another three years. The overnight and use restrictions will continue to be in place till June 30, 2026.