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.
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
Downtown: 53 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-771-4761
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,
Outdoor Stores &
Outfitters in the rest of Western North Carolina:
Nantahala Outdoor Center: 13077 Highway 19W, Bryson City NC,
Highland Hiker: 47 Highway 107 South, Cashiers NC 28717.
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.
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.