Pink Beds Hike

Pisgah Forest, NC

Louisiana Waterthrush by Simon Thompson

April 29, 2022

Northern Parula by Simon Thompson

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 12 participants.

Departure: We will meet at 7 AM at the Bi-Lo Parking Lot, located at the junction of Highways 280 and 276 in Pisgah Forest. Price: $60


A moderate birding hike around the Pink Beds Loop, approximately 3-4 miles. Weather at the higher elevations can be unpredictable – rain gear and a light jacket are recommended.

In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Parkway, high in the Pisgah National Forest of Transylvania County, NC, lies a scenic enclave known as the "Pink Beds". Exactly what the name signifies is not clear, but probably refers to the color of blooming flowers, laurel and rhododendron, in the spring.

There are trails, a creek, picnic area and an abundance of birds and wildflowers. After birding around the Picnic Area we’ll hike the short loop (approximately 3.5 miles) which includes a boardwalk through a unique wetland. Breeding warblers are a strong drawer for birdwatchers in this area, and we hope to see Blackburnian, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Ovenbird, and Louisiana Waterthrush.