Apple Hill Alpaca Farm

Apple Hill Alpaca Farm

Located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Banner Elk, Apple Hill Farm gives guided tours for you to meet their interesting combination of animals including alpacas, llamas and angora goats. Also meet guardian donkeys, dogs and Mr. Pickles the mini pig. Browse their store. It's one of the few farms in western North Carolina that give tours year-round.

Alpaca at Apple Hill Farm, Banner Elk

While you can visit the store with no appointment, you'll need to join a tour to walk around the farm and say hello to all the residents. Most of them love to meet visitors and receive a little loving. The tour is usually 45-60 minutes (short walking distance), depending on the group and weather.

Apple Hill Farm, Banner Elk

Who doesn't love a little scratch? We agree with their slogan "A Place Where Animals Talk and People Listen." Each animal has a fascinating story and important purpose. The farm's mission is to inspire a deep connection between animals and people.

Apple Hill Farm, Store

The store tucked away on the second floor of the barn is packed with everything alpaca! Since alpaca fiber is both soft and durable, it is perfect for top quality socks, hats, gloves, and more. Also find a big selection of alpaca, llama, mohair, and cotton yarns. Some of their other farm products include fresh eggs and honey.

Apple Hill Farm Alpaca Yarn

You can even buy yarn from their individual alpacas (look for names on the tags)! They shear the fiber off once a year, usually in June.

Apple Hill Farm Angora Goat

Since it's a working farm, you cannot roam the farm on your own. No picnics or pets. While they have some apple trees, they are not an apple farm.

Public Tour Admission
Adults 11 & Up: $12
Children ages 4 to 10: $7
Infants 3 and under: Free

Winter Hours (Mid October-Mid May)
Hours are weather permitting. Since they are above 4,000 elevation, they see a good bit of snow and ice. So call ahead if weather is bad. Temperatures are usually about 10 degrees cooler than Asheville.
Store is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM
Tours are Wednesday 2 PM and Saturday 11 AM & 2 PM
Tours by appointment on other dates & times. Call 828-963-1662

Summer (mid May-mid October)
Store open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 12-4 PM
Tours Sunday-Friday at 2 PM and Saturday at 11 AM & 2 PM
Tours by appointment on other dates & times. Call 828-963-1662

Apple Hill Farm, Banner Elk

Address for GPS: 400 Apple Hill Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Getting there from Banner Elk (15 minutes drive):

  • From the corner of NC 184 & NC 194 in Banner Elk, follow NC 194N towards Valle Crucis.
  • Go 3.7 miles to Oliver Hill Rd. Turn left.
  • Go 0.8 of a mile to Bladen Rd. Turn right.
  • Go 0.2 of a mile to Apple Hill Road. Turn left.
  • Go 0.3 of a mile to farm.

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Go to the Banner Elk web site to read more about Apple Hill Farm.

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