A unique way to
experience the mountains is by llama trek. Llama trekking companies
offer guide service, camping gear, food and gentle llamas to carry the
equipment. These friendly relatives of the camel are sure-footed and capable of
carrying loads of up to 90 pounds. They are also kind to the trails and do much
less damage than would horses.
Hawksdene House Llama Treks
About: Short treks for guests of the Hawkedene House, April thru
Address: 381 Phillips Creek Road, Andrews NC 28901
Travel Time From Asheville: 2 hours west
English Mountain Llama Treks
About: Llama treks from day (picnic) hikes to two day hiking
trips or longer. English Mountain has special use permit for both
Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest.
Address: 767 Little Creek Road, Hot Springs NC 28743
Travel Time From Asheville: 45 minutes northwest
Outdoor Stores &
Outfitters in the Asheville-Hendersonville Area:
Backcountry Outdoors: 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 6, Pisgah Forest
NC 28768, 828-884-4262.
Black Dome: 140 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-251-2001.
Diamond Brand Outdoors: 2623 Hendersonville Road, Arden NC
Frugal Backbacker Outdoor Outlet: 2621 Hendersonville Road,
Arden NC 28704, 828-209-1530.
Mast General Store: 15 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801.
Play It Again Sports (Second-hand): 611 Tunnel Road, Asheville
NC 28805, 828-299-1221.
REI: 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville NC 28803, 828-687-0918.
Second Gear (Second-hand) 444 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806,
Ski Country Sports: 1000 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804,
Outdoor Stores &
Outfitters in the rest of Western North Carolina:
High Mountain Expeditions: 3149 Tynecastle Highway, Banner
Elk NC 28604. 828-262-9036.
Nantahala Outdoor Center: 13077 Highway 19W, Bryson City NC,
Highland Hiker: 47 Highway 107 South, Cashiers NC 28717.
200 Yellow Mountain Road, Cullowhee NC 28723, 800-903-4401.
Fontana Village Adventure Center:
Highway 28 North, Fontana Dam NC 28733, 800-849-2258.
Bluff Mountain Outfitters: 152 Bridge Street, Hot Springs NC
Appalachian Outfitters: 104A Tennessee Street, Murphy NC 28906, 828-837-4165.
Looking Glass Outfitters: 90 New Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah
Forest NC 28768, 866-351-2176.
Cherohala Outfitters: 260 Snowbird Road, Robbinsville NC 28711.
Mast General Store: Other locations in Boone, Waynesville,
Hendersonville and Asheville. Highway 194, Valle Crucis NC 28691.
West Jefferson: Mountain Outfitters:
102 South Jefferson Avenue, West Jefferson NC 29694. 336-246-9133.