• Kathryn Solee


“Leave the road, take the trails.”


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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