Max Patch Pond

Max Patch Pond is a 1.5 acre body of water that lies just 1/4 miles north of the Max Patch Hike parking lot. It’s extremely peaceful, has two docks and is stocked occasionally with brook, rainbow and brown trout. Check out the NC stocking schedule linked on our fishing homepage to see when the next batch of fish will be delivered.

Max Patch Pond is perfect for a day of fishing with kids and afterwards be sure to zip up to the Max Patch summit for an amazing 360 degree view of the Appalachian Mountains.

Anglers can expect to find a wide range of fish sizes in Max Patch pond. There are plenty of young, smaller trout in the pond but a patient fisherman can land trout as large as 12″ in length.

The pond is small and anglers can easily walk around the perimeter to find the best spot to catch fish. In the spring and summer you can expect to see massive tadpoles, the splashing of fish and hear the sounds of nature uninterrupted.

Fish can be found throughout the pond but many prefer to lurk near or under the main dock. On a sunny day you’ll be able to see where the fish are and can adjust accordingly. The fish will bite at an assortment of bait here, nightcrawlers and powerbait in particular are successful at getting bites.

There are no trashcans at this pond, please be sure to not leave any trash behind and keep this pond beautiful!


Driving for Hot Springs: Head south on NC-209 for 7 miles and turn right onto Meadow Fork Road. In 5 miles turn right onto state road 1181 / Little Creek Road. In 3.5 miles turn right onto State Road 1182 and you will arrive at the Max Patch trailhead and Max Patch Pond in approximately 2 miles.

Parking is limited at Max Patch Pond. The gravel road to get to Max Patch Pond (and the Max Patch trailhead) is winding and can be rough in some areas. Use caution when ascending and descending this road.

Be sure that you plan beforehand as there are no available restrooms, gas or food near this secluded destination.