Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) has been hiking for five years on the wonderful mountain trails of North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Pink Beds Loop Trail is located in the Pisgah Forest off of Highway 276. This trail was named by the early settlers due to the abundant blooms of local flowers.
The trailhead is located just past the Cradle of Forestry on the right-hand side, if you are coming from the Pisgah Visitor Center.
This is an easy 5.2 mile hike that meanders through flood plains, has boardwalks, and a few small stream crossings. It is a beautiful trail and easy to follow with the orange blaze markers on the trees. As far as elevation most of the trail is flat with only a few rolling hills.
This family-friendly trail is good for anyone who can walk five miles. Adults or children who cannot walk five miles, could start on this trail and simply turn around when they feel like it to go back to the cars. I would recommend sturdy footwear; even though there are a lot of smooth parts on this trail, at the same time there are spots where you must navigate over and around very established tree roots and plenty of rocks. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks with you, and wear bug spray and sun screen.
Timberland Hiking Boots - the most comfortable boots ever
Scenes Along the Pink Beds Loop Trail
At the Trailhead Parking Lot
At the parking lot you will see a large field and picnic tables behind a gazebo. If you look to the far right of the picnic area you will see a small white building, which contains flush toilets. To the left of the gazebo there is a gate with a wooden trail map in front of it. Go through this gate and you will come to a stream with a wooden bridge on the right. At this point you could either slosh through the stream, or walk on the bridge. I figure if it is summer time or warmer weather and you are wearing hiking sandals, it would be fun to just walk through the stream.
Sunny Days Along This Wonderful Trail
You will then come to a split in the trail. I have always took the left turn to hike this trail clockwise. You will keep going straight all the way. There will be three Trail markers that indicate a junction on the trail. The first junction is the Barnett Branch Trail and the Pink Beds Loop Trail (if you take a left on this trail it will take you towards Yellow Gap Road where there is a small waterfall; if you go straight you will stay on the Pink Beds Loop Trail). There are two more intersections where you stay straight on the trail to get back to the parking lot. There is one point on this trail where it deadends into a "T" and at this point just veer to the right.
Plant Life and Fungi Seen Along the Pink Beds Loop Trail
Video Shows What to Expect on the Pink Beds Loop Trail
Awesome Trees Seen Along this Trail
A Few Good Restaurants Nearby After the Hike (and Where to Park)
If you decide to visit the Square Root Restaurant in Brevard, there is a public parking lot two blocks away on West Jordan Street behind PNC Bank (you should see the blue P sign). The narrow alley that passes the restaurant has only a few parking spots and most are reserved. I have seen a Suburban drive through there and it was tight. You could also look for street parking on Main Street but Brevard can get crowded with tourists during the summer and fall.
Binion's Roadhouse in Hendersonville has plenty of parking.
Big Mike's Italian restaurant on Gaston Street has a parking lot right in front of their place and we have never had a problem finding a space there.
© 2019 Michelle Dee
Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on April 24, 2019:
FlourishAnyway, this is one of my favorite places to hike and have visited this trail four times now (it is a two hour drive from my house), and each time I always notice see new things as well as enjoying the familiar sights. Thank you for reading and your positive comments!
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 24, 2019:
What a beautiful place to hike. Well detailed and great photos.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 23, 2019:
Hi, Michelle, I appreciated you. Enjoy the day.
Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on April 23, 2019:
Miebakagh, many thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed this article.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 22, 2019:
Hello, Michelle, my pleasure in reading a detailed hub on Pisgah National Park. With beautiful photos and a lovely video, I enjoy the story. Many thanks.
Michelle Dee (author) from Charlotte, NC on April 22, 2019:
Liz, thank you for your positive comments and for reading this article and hope you can visit this trail sometime in the future!
Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2019:
This is a very detailed and well-illustrated hub.