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.

*Reservations are required to see the animals.

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 you to leave with a smile on your face and memories to share. We do this through our farm tours, our store, and educational events.

Animals and the people right around you are the way to get back in touch.

“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’.”


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

Virtual Farm Experiences

We now offer a way to experience the farm virtually from the comfort of your home or office. We will join you live on Zoom from the alpaca fields.
“The views from the farm are amazing and the tour is informative and entertaining. Highly recommend!”


We consider our visitors family.

Now you can make it official.

Our Farm Family Memberships allow you to join our extended farm family and support our farm in a whole new way.

Bring a part of our farm home with you.

Our store offers a carefully curated collection of alpaca fiber gifts and unique products.

Join our newsletter to start connecting to what’s real.

We will be closed Thursday, July 4th.

Come see us in the parade in Downtown Banner Elk! 

Please fill out the form below and Lee will be in touch.