Courtesy NC Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development, photo by Ron Ruehl.
Activities & Interests
Below Mount Pisgah near Brevard, North Carolina is a lush area of cove forests and streams known as the Pink Beds. The area is named for the profusion of pink wildflowers, including mountain laurel and rhododendron, which appears in the spring.
Part of the Pisgah National Forest, the Pink Beds area offers excellent hiking and is especially appealing to naturalists, as the relatively flat valley sustains some very large pine trees and rare mountain bogs. An easy loop trail begins on the left side of the parking area.
The elevation of the Pink Beds ranges from 2,000 feet to 6,410 feet at Richland Balsam Mountain. The surrounding area is ideal for other types of recreation as well, including camping, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming.
Visitors may also enjoy the Cradle of Forestry, adjacent to the Pink Beds loop trail.
Hours of Operation
$3 per day parking fee.
Fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
From Asheville, take the Parkway south to the intersection with route 276 (milepost 412). Take 276 south for 4 miles and look for the picnic area entrance on the left.
US Forest Service/National Forests in North Carolina
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Cradle of Forestry
- Cradle of Forestry (1 mile)
The Cradle of Forestry Historic Site near Brevard, NC commemorates the beginning of forestry conservation in the United States.
- Graveyard Fields (4 miles)
Stunning waterfalls and a distinctive landscape make Graveyard Fields a favorite hiking area in the North Carolina mountains.
- Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education (6 miles)
The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, NC, offers unique exhibits and programs on wildlife and mountain habitats.