With over 100 miles of permitted trail - including 55 miles on the Appalachian Trail - Blue Ridge Hiking Company offers a wide array of Multi-Day Hikes, Backpacking Trips, and Supported Overnights to meet the needs of every group.
Create a Custom Day Hike Itinerary
Camping isn't for everyone. We get it. That's why we offer customized multi-day itineraries. Once you chose your desired lodge, hotel or B&B, we will work with you to craft a series of full and half day hikes that will showcase some of the best hiking trails in Western North Carolina - and still have you back in time for a dinner and a shower.
You provide the group; we provide the planning, gear, food, and awesome guide. Our private overnights range from a 2-day/1-night trip to a week long adventure. The price is based on the number of clients and duration of the trip. So grab your family, college roommates, or co-workers and experience the adventure of backpacking!
Blue Ridge Hiking Company offers 6-8 group outings each annually. These trips are designed to showcase the best of our trails during the best seasons. Many of our group outings will have themes such as a Multigenerational Hike, our popular Women's Backpacking Weekend, or a Spring Wildflower Trip. These outings are a great value and a wonderful path to new friendships.
Slack-packing and Shuttles
You like hiking and you don't mind sleeping in the woods, but you hate carrying all that gear. Or perhaps your knees or back don't want you to carry a heavy pack? No problem! Blue Ridge Hiking Company can create a personalized itinerary that will allow you to hike during the day and then meet a guide who will deliver your food and gear to the trail. He will also help assemble and breakdown equipment and assist with camp chores.
Don’t see a trip that fits your group needs? Contact us! In the past we have designed team-building trips, challenge hikes, and far more backcountry offerings that can fit on this website. 828-713-5451, email@example.com
Christine has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and has hiked all over the world, from New Zealand to Scotland. She knows quite a bit about local plants despite the fact that she studied Chemical Engineering in college. She loves sharing her adventures with others, and also does all of the Admin work for Blue Ridge Hiking Company!
John loves creating a unique outdoor experience for everyone from a newcomer to the seasoned hiker. He is an ecologist with an interest in native plants, and he has also hiked the length of both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. He would love to share some of his knowledge about plants, along with some of his favorite backpacking tricks with you on your next adventure with Blue Ridge Hiking Company!
Sarah is a mom and thru-hiker. She has completed the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail, sections of the Continental Divide Trail, the Colorado Trail, the North Country Trail as well as the Mountains to Sea trail. A former trail guide in Vermont, she is excited to be back leading hikes in the mountains of Western North Carolina
Lori is a Clinical Herbalist, Licensed Bodywork Therapist, and Environmental Educator with nearly a decade of experience guiding in wild places. She has hiked extensively in 17 states, and created two successful Outdoor Education programs for non-profit organizations. Lori loves a fun adventure along with teaching, as well as learning, about back country travel, edible and medicinal plants, regional history, and basic survival skills.
Lauren has a degree in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College. She has started programs within Asheville to help shelter dogs and inner city children get out on the trails. She loves to hike any distance or speed - and with all ages.
Jacqueline has proudly worked for 7 seasons as a National Park Ranger in both Alaska and Montana, guiding guests of all levels along a variety of trails while teaching survival skills and helping to connect the public to the natural world. Jacqueline is also a mandolin player and avid Asheville foodie. Since relocating to the area in 2013, Jacqueline has enjoyed hundreds of miles of trails while backpacking and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and looks forward to continuing to share the journey with you!
Brew is Jennifer's husband - and Charley's Dad. He loves trail running, watching Tarheel basketball, visiting Asheville breweries, discussing the history of Western North Carolina, and writing bluegrass tunes (those last two go hand in hand). He's hiked all over the U.S. and Europe and has worked full time with Blue Ridge Hiking Company since 2013.
More info on overnights
Please download this PDF to find out more information on our standard backpacking list. This helpful brochure will list packing instructions and hike expectations.
Blue Ridge Hiking Company can provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks. We also pack group use gear such as water filters, camp stoves, cookware, rope, maps and compass. Hikers are responsible for bringing all personal items mentioned in the General Information PDF.
— How many miles will we hike each day?
Private Groups can customize their mileage to fit their needs. The group outings usually cover 6-12 miles per day over moderate terrain.
— Do I have to be in good shape?
In order to hike in the mountains and carry a backpack, you should be able to walk several miles through your neighborhood without taking a break. The majority of our trips are suited for beginner to intermediate hikers but there is nothing easy about backpacking. If you are in good shape you will enjoy the hike more.
— What about food?
Blue Ridge Hiking Company provides ample food on our overnight trips. We offer a wide array of standard backpacking food including dehydrated dinner pouches, dried fruits and nuts, granola bars and oatmeal. We like to throw some fresh fruits and veggies in the pack for snacks and there is always some chocolate or treats for after dinner. And, yes, we pack instant coffee for breakfast. Please let us know of dietary restrictions and preferences in advance. We are happy to accommodate when possible.
— But, I'm still not sure what to pack?
Before each Blue Ridge Hiking Company overnight the guide offers a "shakedown" to make sure you have all necessary gear in your pack. She might also recommend that you leave a any unnecessary personal items behind. Carrying too much weight in your backpack will reduce your hiking pace and increase your risk of injury. The General Information PDF offers a comprehensive packing list.