First we had to get there though. It was a long drive from Del Rio, Tennessee up to the remote Round Mountain Campground. From there we headed up to Lemon Gap where we crossed into North Carolina and followed the gravel road to a small parking area near Max Patch.
From the parking area we took the trail that headed to the right. It skirted around the side of the summit and traversed intermittently through grassy areas and trees.
The hike along the AT to the summit was wonderful, offering plenty of views of the surrounding mountains.
At the parking lot Noelle fed Sierra a little and then we hit the road. I decided to take a less rugged route home and so we descended the mountain from the North Carolina side to Harmon Den and then to Interstate 40. Along the way we saw a snake in the road, a black rat snake. We slowed down to take a look and saw that it had a frog in its mouth. An interesting sight! From the interstate it was a long drive back to Greeneville through Newport.