"The Pink Beds Valley sits in a rare Appalachian bog a mile and a half down from the crest of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This is a great family day hike.
The area got its trail name from early settlers who cleared the valley of a slog for farming; a side effect was that local blooms, including pink wildflowers, could be seen from the surrounding mountainsides. The lower, southern portion of the loop can be particularly wet in spots." Read more
"Start the hike at the northeastern end of the picnic area at the Forest Service trailhead sign behind a gated road. Cross a footbridge over Pigeon Branch and then follow an old gravel road through a wide open field framed in pines, dogwoods, and hemlocks.
The Pink Beds Loop is one of many, many hiking trails in the Pisgah National Forest that welcome dogs. The easily accessible trailhead of the Pink Beds and its relatively little elevation change and many bridge-covered water crossings make it a great playground for dogs of all sizes and activity levels during all seasons of the year." Read more
"The Pink Beds Loop offers a moderate hike that travels through hardwood forests, on the edge of open fields, and beside peaceful streams. The final quarter of the hike passes through the pink bed wetlands and offers hikers the chance to catch a glimpse of the rare swamp pink lily.
At times, the wetlands are impassable due to high water, but the alternate route still makes for a lovely day spent in the woods. The pavilion located near the trailhead makes this hike a popular destination for groups looking to picnic, hike, and perhaps throw Frisbee or play games in the open field near the start of the trail." Read more
"Surprising diversity welcomes you on this long loop trail. Most of the hike is shaded by forest, while ferns and wildflowers form the underbrush. The lower leg of the loop is flat, and damp, making several water crossings. It even brings you through a boggy area where you may be lucky enough to spy a great blue heron patiently wading in the water. The upper leg of the loop is drier and leads you past several open fields. These meadows are vast and big enough for the dogs to chase a ball or a stick." Read more
"Take a biologically, historically, and visually enriching hike at the Pink Beds, a highland bog entrenched in mountain ramparts. Walk the perched valley, sauntering through wetlands rich with plant and animal life. Hike down the upper South Fork Mills River valley using bridges and boardwalks aplenty. Circle back through the Pink Beds in a blend of wet and dry situations. Finally, travel through and near meadows, availing views and wildlife viewing opportunities. The walk is family friendly with a shortcut opportunity and elevation variations of under 200 feet. This is a fine family hike here in the highlands of the Pisgah National Forest. For starters, the trailhead is at an alluring picnic area with a shelter that is situated 3,200 feet in elevation. You can have a tasty mountain meal before or after your hike." Read more