Pisgah National Forest is one of my favorite places. The Pink Beds are located in Pisgah National forest in Transylvania County, Pisgah, North Carolina. This national forest is truly magical. It’s one of my favorite places on the planet. This loop is just shy of five miles at 4.9 miles. The altitude at the start of the trail is posted at 3,288 ft above sea level. While it's a hiking trail, it serves a dual purpose for mountain biking.
The valley gets its name from the bog where pink wildflowers bloom across the expanse. You can access the trail from the Pink Beds parking area. If you're pushed for time or simply don't want to venture to the wetter part of the beds, you can opt for the 3.2-mile loop that travels toward the northern end of the loop.
The 5-mile loop does take an upward bend to avoid water from a creek but the trail skirts above a beaver dam. There are several bridges and plank walkways that provide a dry walk. The area has a mystical appeal with tall lush expansive rhododendron plants and an endless forest bed of ferns took my breath away. It’s just so much green beauty to take in. There are several meadows that dot the area and if you time it right, you can see the beautiful pink flowers blanketing the area. This is a great family hike with lots of wildlife and plant life to fascinate and offer educational and fun opportunities.