• Kathryn Solee

PINK BEDS


“Leave the road, take the trails.”

Pythagoras

The Pink Beds, located in the Pisgah National Forest, south of the Blue Ridge Parkway off US 276, are about 45-minutes from home. Their name comes from all of the pink blossoms in spring – wildflowers, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. Mother nature can be fickle so that timing peak bloom can be tricky. They bloom in clusters that start very pink, but open to white.


I enjoy hiking the relatively flat 5-mile Pink Bed Loop Trail because of its diverse nature – swampy bogs, hardwood forest, meadows, and crystal clear streams. Since I’m an early riser naturally, I’m on the trail early also. Meaning I have the trail and woods to myself until around 11:00 a.m. when other hikers arrive, and by that time, we are on the home stretch.


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