Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pink Beds Hike in Pisgah Forest

A sunny spring day was perfect for a hike of the Pink Beds Loop trail in Pisgah National Forest.  This easy 5 mile loop trail is in a highlands valley, so it is relatively flat–the flattest 5 miles in the forest.  Another trail intersects the loop, so you could also make it a 3 mile loop if 5 miles sounds too intimidating.  During the hike you cross several streams and the South Fork of the Mills River, all on sturdy foot bridges.  There is also a large boggy area, created by beaver dams, that has a new boardwalk to make passage much easier than before.  You also pass through fern-filled forest, mountain laurel “tunnels” and fields of wildflowers
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Following a stream
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There were trillions of trilliums on the trail. (Well, there were literally thousands, but “trillions of trilliums” is more fun to say!)
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Dog Hobble in bloom
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A beaver dam
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Section of the new boardwalk over the beaver bog area
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The old trail, replaced by the boardwalk, disappears into boot-sucking mud

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