Hiking Trail Guides

DuPont State Forest

Gorges State Park

Pisgah Ranger District 
of the Pisgah National Forest


Looking for a great hike?  Blue Ridge Hiker offers detailed, accurate hiking trail reviews and information for the following areas:

Cyclists and Equestrians are welcome here, too.  The trail information I supply is useful for you, also.

Hiking isn't just an activity, it is a time for spiritual nourishment, fun, and learning.  Hiking is an experience.  There's no better place for that experience than in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a place of beauty embraced by nature and kissed by God. 

Courthouse Falls Plunge Pool

photo by A. Scott Lavender

There are many miles of trails in Western North Carolina, ranging from some of the most venerable in Pisgah National Forest (the first National Forest in the state) to the youngest in Gorges State Park (one of the newest additions to the North Carolina State Park family).

I hike them all.


The breakdown:


Blue Ridge Hiker offers the best reviews of Western North Carolina's hiking trails in the following counties and town/resorts:


  • Buncombe
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Transylvania

Towns and Resorts:

  • Asheville
  • Brevard
  • Cashiers
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Hendersonville
  • Highlands
  • Lake Toxaway
  • Sapphire Valley
  • Waynesville

Long Range Mountain View from Bearwallow Valley Overlook in Gorges State Park

View from Bearwallow Valley Overlook in Gorges State Park.

Photo by Bret James Stewart.

Tired of fruitless searching for the best hikes in Western North Carolina?  Blue Ridge Hiker has the information you want by theme:



Blue Ridge Hiker is YOUR hiking specialist.  I give detailed driving and walking directions to each trail so you can find it.  I have personally hiked, measured, and photographed each trail in these systems.  Each and every review I have done is is top-quality, accurate, and beautiful.  That is my promise to you.

Incidentally, I do not doctor any of my photos except to change the size so they will fit on the webpage.  I want you to see the real deal.

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Who is Blue Ridge Hiker?


 Hello, my name is Bret James Stewart, and I have been hiking these mountains for over twenty-five years.  I recognized a need for meaningful trail reviews after spending inordinate amounts of time searching for them in vain. 

 Blue Ridge Hiker is my answer to that deficiency. Providing meaningful trail reviews and interesting information about the trails themselves and the plants and wildlife on them is my passion.

Browse around...stay awhile...you'll be glad you did.

Happy Hiking!

Bret James Stewart

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