Visit Apple Hill Farm

400 Apple Hill Road • Banner Elk, NC 28604
Email: applehillfarmnc@gmail.com • Phone: (828) 963-1662

Come by the farm year round to shop or take a tour and meet the animals. You can see all of our animal friends only by joining one of the regularly scheduled public tours or by booking a private or group tour in advance.

 

Winter Weather Notice: All tours and hours are weather dependent. We are at the end of a long, hilly, gravel driveway. In the event of Snow and Ice our driveway may be unsafe, even if main paved roads are clear. PLEASE CALL TO CHECK before coming to see us.

Any schedule changes will be posted on our Facebook page. Please check Facebook or call our store to check about road conditions.

Public Tours; What to Expect

Meet our animals by joining us for one of our public tours or by booking a private tour. Our tours are guided walking tours of our working alpaca farm. Get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs, and all the other animals that call Apple Hill Farm home.

-Please arrive on time. We are a working farm with many visitors – the tour leaves promptly on time and we don’t want you to miss it.

-Wear your walking shoes and dress in layers.

-Our farm is hilly, and our pathways can be muddy depending on the weather.

-The tour is generally 45 to 60 minutes in length 

-Each tour is a conversation: We encourage you to ask lots of questions and get to know your tour guide and the other people on the tour!

Please leave your pets at home; Our farm is a working farm and is not pet-friendly.

-Sorry, no picnicking. However, both the Valle Crucis Park and Banner Elk Park are just minutes away!

We do not offer apple picking – we are a working alpaca and angora goat farm. We are happy to refer you to farms that do offer apples!

-Bring your camera, and have lots of fun!

December Hours:

Christmas Event (Fridays to Sundays through December 9):

Tours at 2 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Tours every 30 minutes from 10:00 til 3:30 pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays.

Our Store is open 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. We are stocked with plenty of alpaca gifts, accessories, and local crafts. You can even grab a local table-top tree or wreath in our Christmas shop!

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays we will also be offering complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider, and Christmas cookies!

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Monday, December 10 to Tuesday, December 19:

Tour at 2 pm Wednesday through Saturday. Store open 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday.

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays (except by appointment)

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Wednesday, December 20 to Saturday, December 22:

Tour at 11 am and 2 pm

We will be closed Sunday, December 23 through Wednesday, December 26 so our team members can celebrate with their families! 

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Thursday, December 27 to Monday, January 31:

Tours at 11, 12, 1, and 2.

We will be open by appointment only for the month of January, beginning January 1.

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Public Tour Rates:

Adults 11 & Up: $12

Children ages 4 to 10: $7

Infants 3 and under: Free

We are open year round! Scroll down for directions and information on our hours during other seasons.

Christmas Holiday Tours 2018

We will be closed Sunday, December 23 through Wednesday, December 26 so our team members can celebrate with their families!

All hours are weather dependent

Tours

Wednesday, December 20 to Saturday, December 22:

Tour at 11 am and 2 pm

We will be closed Sunday, December 23 through Wednesday, December 26 so our team members can celebrate with their families! 

 

Thursday, December 27 to Monday, January 31:

Tours at 11, 12, 1, and 2.

 

We will be open by appointment only for the month of January, beginning January 1.

Store

Open 10 am to 4 pm on tour days.
WEATHER PERMITTING

Closed December 23 to December 26. Closed for the month of January, except by appointment.

Christmas Celebration – Nov 16 to Dec 9, 2018

We are CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY so our team members can enjoy the holiday with their families.

We are open by appointment only Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tours

Tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Mid-November to Mid-December.

This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 45 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes.

$12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-10, children 3 and under are free (tax not included)

Complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies.

We also offer our regular public tour at 2 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, but we do not have cookies and warm drinks available those days. 

Store

Open Wednesday through Sunday
10 am to 4 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday except by appointment.

Join us to buy your table top tree, hand-tied wreaths, and all your alpaca Christmas presents!

Winter Hours:

February 3, 2019 – Mid-May 2019

We are closed except by appointment only January 6 to February 2.

All hours are weather dependent

Tours

We are closed except by appointment only January 6 to February 2.

Public Tours:

Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday except by appointment.

Tours at 2pm Wednesday. Tour at 11 am and 2pm Saturday, and by appointment all week.

Store open 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday

This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 45 to 60 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes.

$12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-10, children 3 and under are free. Sales tax is not included in this tour fee. We do offer private tours by appointment only and must have 24 hours notice. Please call or email for booking information.

Store

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
WEATHER PERMITTING

Closed Sunday through Tuesday except by appointment.

Summer to Early Fall:

May 18 to Oct 18, 2019

Special Days Closed:

July 4

October 19

Tours

Public Tours:
7 days a week, 2 pm and Saturday Mornings at 11 am from May 19, 2018, to October 19, 2018. We may add additional tours during peak weeks. Those will be posted at the top of this page!

This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 60 to 90 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes.

$12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-10, children 3 and under are free. Sales tax is not included in this tour fee. We do offer senior and military discounts. We do offer private tours by appointment only and must have 24 hours notice. Please call or email for booking information.

Store

Monday to Saturday:
10 am to 4 pm
Sunday:
12 pm to 4 pm

Fall Hours:

October 22 – November 16

Tours

Public Tours:
2 pm Wednesday through Saturday, plus Saturday Mornings at 11 am from October 22 to November 16.

Closed except by appointment Sundays, Monday, and Tuesdays

This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 60 to 90 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes.

$12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-10, children 3 and under are free. Sales tax is not included in this tour fee. We do offer senior and military discounts. We do offer private tours by appointment only and must have 24 hours notice. Please call or email for booking information.

Store

Wednesday to Saturday:
10 am to 4 pm

Directions From Boone (30 minutes)

From the 105/321 intersection (Wendy’s) in Boone, NC, follow NC105S towards Linville/Banner Elk. Go 4.8m to light (The Ham Shoppe) at Broadstone Rd. Turn right, towards Valle Crucis.
Go 2.9m to NC194S. Turn Left.
Go 3.9m to Oliver Hill Rd. Turn right.
Go 0.8m to Bladen Rd. Turn right.
Go 0.2m to Apple Hill Road. Turn left.
Go 0.3m to farm. Follow traffic signs.

Directions From Banner Elk (15 minutes)

From NC184 & NC194 in Banner Elk, follow NC194N towards Valle Crucis.
Go 3.7m to Oliver Hill Rd. Turn left.
Go 0.8m to Bladen Rd. Turn right.
Go 0.2m to Apple Hill Road. Turn left.
Go 0.3m to farm. Follow traffic signs.

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