Summary: This is the smaller hike and not the full Pink Bed Loop. DO NOT ATTEMPT the full loop because there is a major bridge out. The best route is to take the right fork from the parking lot. You will cross a number of bridges, go through some very nice mountain laurel and Rhododendron fields. You will feel like you are in an enchanted forest. Watch your footing, there are a lot of tree roots. Follow the Orange trail for about 35 minutes until you come to the Mtn to Sea trail. (Blue Marker). Turn left and then go north about 15 minutes until you hit the Pink Beds Loop again. You will see a sign that will say "To the Parking Lot". Turn left there for another 35 minutes. You will path through a number of animal viewing areas. If you get out very early or very late, you may see deer. We did the last time. This is a very cool area and a great hike in the summer.
Trailhead: from Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to the exit for the Asheville Airport (exit 40). Turn right onto NC 280; go16 miles toward Brevard. At the intersection with US highways 276 and 64, turn right onto US 276 west into Pisgah National Forest. Proceed up 276 (miles) for 11 miles to the Pink Beds Picnic Area on the right, just past the Forest Discovery Center. The trail starts at the sign board at the back of the lot.
Trail Guides for Pink Beds Loop- short version:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Pisgah Ranger Station, (828)877-3265
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Reginald Vickers, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Russ on 9/30/2007
Pleasant but not on my A list of hikes. If you like a fairly level non-strenuous day hike with some wildlife, this might be the one for you. No vistas or big scenery, no waterfalls, a few creek crossings and old fields where farming once held sway. Deer, Hawks and Crows but not much else.
Reviewed by rc on 3/27/2007
Just did this hike and the Bridge has been rebuilt, so it is possible to do the full loop without having to use the MTS connector trail. Great hike!
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