Pink Beds Trail

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Pink Beds Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brevard, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Nice, relatively flat hike along stream bed, Numerous clearings. From the Pink Beds Parking lot, take the trail east. The start of the trail is clearly marked and the route is easy to follow by the orange markings on trees along the way. The trail criss-crosses the stream frequently on well maintained foot bridges. The trek is relatively flat and numerous clearings are encountered for wildlife viewing.

7 days ago

Very nice walk for beginners. We got out early, 7:45 and we had it all to ourselves until the end when people started coming the other direction. Beautiful creeks, scenery.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a great hike for families. My family enjoyed the hike the ferns are beautiful and the creeks that run through the area are nice and deep enough to swim in some places. It does tend to be a little muddy in places but if that doesn't bother you then I say go for it we're hiking right?

hiking
29 days ago

I tried this trail while visiting the falls. This was a wet trail most of the way due to the rains. It was shady most of the trail. I did not find much of interest on this hike other then going around the water puddles and muddy areas. I got a good work out though.

walking
2 months ago

East going trail ideal for older folks who may be unused to hiking. Can be longish for them. Hiking poles useful for traversing rooted areas. Wild flowers and birds.

hiking
3 months ago

We really liked this hike lots to see especially crossing the bridges over the bogs

trail running
5 months ago

I run this loop all the time with my Jack Russell Terrier it is usually 5.5 miles from picnic area on my Garmin. Easier to navigate starting the loop from the left. Summer time weekends busy, week days not as bad, always a great run. Tends to get a few mud areas.

6 months ago

We hiked this on Thanksgiving... it was a beautiful day. The trail on my health app came up as 6.1 miles, maybe I looked about a lot...LOL we loved the running stream and the trails were nice.
Pretty place lots of diversity.

7 months ago

Well maintained, easy to navigate, level trail. Trail is easy to find and well marked from the road with large parking area. The loop is 5.3 miles, according to sign at start of the trail. Could easily take dogs or kids!

8 months ago

Hiked this track 10/13 along with some adjoining trails Love scenery especially along the S Mill river

hiking
9 months ago

Nice loop with two distinct halves. Eastern half stays close to South Fork of Mills River and has a wetland/riverside feel; also features some nice boardwalks. Western half has a little more up and down and has more of a foothills feel. Somewhat popular because it is one of the few fairly flat hikes of significant length in the area. On the harder side of easy due to the length. Overall, a very nice and fairly easy day hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Great afternoon hike.

9 months ago

Very easy trail, great for beginners and kids. Nice relaxing stroll through the woods with pretty meadows and flowers.

9 months ago

Took just under 3 hours and we had our 8 year old with us. Very pretty views.

11 months ago

Great trail. The whole loop takes about 2 hrs. 45 min. to hike it. A little muddy in some spots. On Strava it log 5.1 miles and we did the loop counter clockwise.

Monday, June 19, 2017

good hike with the family even my 4 year old completed the hike

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

I could not wait for this trail to be over. Give it a day (or 4) to dry up after rain because I spent the entire time in ankle deep mud or avoiding slippery surfaces. (Including some of the walkways) Also, note my recorded trail vs. AllTrails map - I went clockwise, may be better marked counter-clockwise, but don't be alarmed if you stray from the AT map, you're on the right trail. (Even though it's not blazed) I'm not a picky hiker, but this was just miserable. I will say, under better conditions, great, easy trail for off-leash pups.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

White & pink rhododendrons & supposedly blue ghost fireflies. (The Cradle of Forestry "next door" definitely has the fireflies. It has good info on these seasonal delights.)
BTW, we saw a pocket of synchronous fireflies on their blue ghost tour.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great trail with not much elevation changes. I question the 4.6 mi length however. I feel 6.5 mi is more accurate. We walked at a steady pace of 13000 steps and took 3 hours to complete.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Very nice relatively easy trails for most skill levels. Good for an enjoyable nature trail walk, even with small kids. Also looks like a great spot to mountain bike without much risk. Overall, very enjoyable.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Beautiful! Great for the kids too!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fun trail with cool bridges and boardwalks. It is longer than advertised at 5.2 miles compared to the posted 4.6. There are some sections with many roots so be careful with those ankles.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Great trail for kids and families! Our 5 yo girl even hiked with us and loved it.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

TONS of room for the littles to RUN and RUN and RUN!! Multiple grills and picnic tables and even an indoor potty! We didn't even do the trails. Our 3 year old enjoyed just being able to run and the grown ups enjoyed watching from the picnic tables :) We visited for the first time on an unusually warm January day so there was lots of room, but I could definitely see this place getting crowded in the warm months! We will absolutely picnic here in the future!

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Easy hiking trail. Watch out for bears ;).

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Very nice trail through forests and meadows. You can see beaver dams on this trail.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Nothing special in particular but a flat trail, good length, great for a hike with a dog

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beautiful hike, with lots to see. Great day hike.

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What an outstanding trail in WNC!!!
The trail has very little elevation change considering the overall length.
I would guess 65% of the trail is shaded - which really helps on an August hike
We only passed a dozen hikers (and that accounts for the 4 legged trekkers too.)

Colors were great even in late summer - both plants and insects.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Good easy 5 mile hike.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Great taste of hiking in WNC for out-of-towners. Almost no elevation gain. Lots of marshes with beaver work (and a boardwalk that improves at each visit), and lots of rhododendron and mountain laurel jungle. Beautiful part of PNF.

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