Blue Ridge Hiker 

Who are the folks behind Western North Carolina's premiere hiking trail website?  Blue Ridge Hiker benefits from many people.  The following are the main contributors.

Bret James Stewart--owner

Bret James Stewart 2014

photo by A. Scott Lavender

I was fortunate enough to have been raised in Transylvania County, N.C., and I have been hiking these mountain trails for over twenty years.  I love to explore, think, learn, and pray as I hike, and the trails in the area are made for this purpose.  It is my desire to share some of the wonder of these trails with you. 


After two decades of hiking, I came to know these trails in a special way.  Even as a local, I still sometimes sought trail information online to plan trips or to decide between trails when I was limited on time...


However, I found virtually nothing and most of what I did find was not helpful.


I decided then to create Blue Ridge Hiker, devoted to people like you and me...people seeking quality, meaningful information about the hiking trails in Western North Carolina.


I am an author, game designer, and Christian Druid.  I live near Brevard, N.C. My sons and almost all of our extended family live here.


I study nature, experience nature, and have a great appreciation for the world the Lord has made.  The mountains are amazing--vast areas of undeveloped forests, a plethora of ecosystems, clear running water, and beautiful long-range mountain views reward the visitor with a feel for how the world should be.


I regularly hike the area, and I am commited to hiking all of the trails on my site at least once every five years to make sure my reviews are accurate.


Whether you are seeking a gentle leg-stretcher or challenging backpacking trip, you've come to the right place.  Let Blue Ridge Hiker be your trail guide and friend in the mountains.

A. Scott Lavender--primary photographer

A. Scott Lavender 2014

photo by Barron C. Stewart

Hey, my name is A. Scott Lavender.  I am originally from the low country of South Carolina.  I moved to this paradise in 1995 after I was on a road trip to see my wife's sister and ended up staying.

I've had several jobs since I got here, but my favorite thing is to photograph these beautiful mountains.

I started taking pictures when I was 13.  My dad got a camera for Christmas.  He handed it to me and said, "Learn how to use this and then come back and teach me."  This started my trip down the road of a shutterbug.  I feel that I am truly blessed to be involved in such a project as Blue Ridge Hiker.

You--hiking fan


From the beginning, I envisioned Blue Ridge Hiker as a place of community where hikers can communicate, share their stories, and make recommendations. I look forward to hearing your story...

Blessings and Happy Trails,

Bret James Stewart

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