Pink Beds Connector Professional Reviews and Guides
"This loop of approximately 7.75 miles has a bit of every surface: singletrack, doubletrack, gravel road--even a tiny piece of pavement. The grade stays relatively flat, which makes the Pink Beds a good destination for bikers just beginning to discover the joys of off-road riding. The area was named for the abundance of pink flowers that bloom in the boggy bottoms. But since the majority of the blooming takes place after mid-April, this spectacular display must be explored on foot."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Joe Miller, 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Karen Chavez, Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Pink Beds Loop offers a moderate hike that travels through hardwood forests, on the edge of open fi elds, and beside peaceful streams. Th e fi nal quarter of the hike passes through the pink bed wetlands and off ers 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. Th e 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 fi eld near the start of the trail."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Melissa Watson, Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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