Pink Beds Loop is a hiking and biking trail in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is 4.9 miles long and begins at 3,288 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,097 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Pink Beds Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"This relatively flat area gets its name from the abundance of pink flowering plants. You won't see many flowers during the winter months, but you will enjoy the gently rolling terrain. Ride surface is 4.8 miles of single track, 3.3 miles of forest road, and 0.4 miles of pavement. Highlights: Views from meadows, rhododendron tunnels, log bridges, rooty trail, South Mills River, and interpretive signs."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume II: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina - Pisgah (Milestone Press).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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