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Max Patch Summit

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Hot Springs, NC 28743

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Guided beginner-intermediate yoga, hiking and meditation surrounded by nature.

Imagine doing yoga outside on a soft, grassy bald, invigorated by beautiful, panoramic mountain views as far as the eye can see. This is our Mountain Yoga class at Max Patch, part of Pisgah National Forest and the famous Appalachian Trail.

We’ll hike between 1 and 3 miles as well as practice mediation and at least an hour - an hour and a half of yoga. The trails are rather easy but well worn, which can sometimes make them slippery, especially after a rain, so make sure you wear shoes with some good tread and/or feel free to bring walking sticks or poles.

Positive physiological and mental benefits of both yoga and reconnecting with nature have been reported including reduction of pain, stress and inflammation as well as better sleep.

In the event of cancellation due to weather, you will be issued a refund.

Afterwards: There are plenty of spots throughout the bald where you can have a picnic or set up camp overnight where you will see some spectacular sunsets, sunrises and starry night skies. There is also a winding trail through the forest if you fancy more hiking. The town of Hot Springs are also nearby, but make sure you book in advance to guarantee you can enjoy a natural soak in the springs. Address: 315 Bridge Street, Hot Springs, NC.

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Note: Mobile GPS directions to this location are better than most other national park sites in the area but you may still lose cell service before or during this class. Please print, copy or screenshot the directions below.

There are many unpaved roads in the area that are not signed. These unpaved roads can be bumpy, so not recommended for low clearance cars. Follow one of these three routes. Allow 60-75 minutes to drive from Asheville (45 miles).

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, and the road almost immediately becomes gravel. This usually well-graded road climbs steadily but never steeply 6.2 miles to SR-1182 (Max Patch Road). 4WD recommended in winter and wet weather. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the Max Patch parking area on the right. Allow an hour to drive.

Directions via Hot Springs from Asheville: From Asheville: take US 25/70 north to Hot Springs (36 miles). From downtown Hot Springs, follow Highway 209/Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway (7.3 miles) to Meadow Fork Road (State Road 1175). Go 5.3 miles to State Road 1181. Follow 1181 for 2 miles (turns into gravel). At the top of the mountain, turn right onto State Road 1182 and Max Patch parking is 3 miles.

Directions via I-40 from Lake Junaluska: Exit #24 and follow NC 209 North about 8 miles to Fines Creek General Store. Continue straight about 12 miles onto Max Patch Road. The last 8 miles are unpaved and curvy. The obvious parking area will be on your left.

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