We believe we are living in a world of distraction and overwhelm. People are disconnected from themselves and feel hopeless.
Visitors to Apple Hill Farm find joy and connection through our animals and the experience of a real working farm. Our tour guides lead the way for people to leave with a smile on their face and memories to share.
Animals and the people right around you are the way to get back in touch.
Visit our mountaintop alpaca farm and connect to what matters—yourself, your family, a real farm experience.
We’re a family-owned, working fiber farm in the high country of North Carolina.
“We are grateful for Lee Rankin and her staff for such a wonderful time visiting with the animals. Our guest had a wonderful time: ‘a needed time of renewal’.”
– The Stewarts, September 2020
Meet Our Farm Family
Founded in 2003, Apple Hill Farm is a mountain top farm in Banner Elk, North Carolina. We are home to alpacas, llamas, angora goats, livestock guardians, and more. Every animal has a name, a job, and a purpose. Our mission is to bring joy and moments of connection to our community.
Our team is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages who are passionate about sharing the mission of Apple Hill Farm with others.
The dream of a mountain top alpaca farm was born when our founder Lee Rankin came eye-to-eye with an alpaca.
Visit Our Farm*
We offer educational guided walking tours of the farm year-round. On these tours, you will learn about the animals that work and play at Apple Hill Farm.
*You do need to take a tour to see the animals; advanced tickets are required
“The views from the farm are amazing and the tour is informative and entertaining. Highly recommend!”
– Christina Smith, October 2020