Fishing in Max Patch Pond, Madison County, North Carolina

If you are planning a day trip to the Max Patch Bald on the Appalachian Trail, toss your fishing pole in the trunk and take a brief “detour” to throw a line in. This pond is about ¼ mile beyond the parking for the Max Patch Bald. It is about 1 to 1 ½ acres in size and usually rapidly is fished out after it is stocked.

Tip: Youth day of fishing each spring. Children register and win prizes.

Directions: From Hot Springs, take highway 209 south to the sign for Max Patch which is a right turn onto Meadow Fork Road. Follow the signs for a left onto Little Creek Road and follow the signs to Max Patch Bald.

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Video footage by Tony Torn, Marshall, NC

Disclaimer: Refer to the North Carolina Regulations Digest for the most up-to-date information.