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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 15 2015   Season Dates


The Pink Beds Picnic Shelter is the larger of two available shelters. It is adjacent to the Cradle of Forestry in America, a 6,500 acre historic site commemorating the beginning of forest conservation in the United States.

Natural Features:

Named for the rhododendron, mountain laurel and azalea that bloom in spring and summer, the Pink Beds Picnic Shelter is renowned for its scenic forest setting and small stream nearby. At an elevation of 3,280 feet, it is appealing to visitors for its relatively flat valley which sustains some very large pine trees and rare mountain bogs.


As part of the Pisgah National Forest, the Pink Beds area offers excellent hiking trails. An easy, five mile loop trail begins on the left side of the parking area. The surrounding area is ideal for other types of recreation including fishing, horseback riding, and swimming.


The area has a flush toilet restroom, 21 picnic tables, grills, an old Civilian Conservation Corps gazebo, one non-reservable small shelter, and this larger shelter.

Nearby Attractions:

The area is next door to the Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site, and four miles from both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Sliding Rock Recreation Area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Paved Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Water Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Cafe
  • Historic Sites
Know Before You Go
  • Restrooms are closed during the winter months (mid-November through late March/early April).
    • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.35361, -82.77778
    35°21'13"N, 82°46'40"W

    From Pisgah RD/ Visitor Center parking lot, turn right onto US 276. Drive north approximately 10 miles to Pink Beds Picnic Area. The facility is located along Hwy 276 (Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway) 4 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 11 miles from the intersection of Hwy 280 and US 64 in Pisgah Forest, NC.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    1600 Pisgah Highway
    Pisgah Forest  NC  28768

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (828)877-3265
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