Hey, Llama. You know, how about an Asheville tip?

You know, when I think about Asheville, my mind conjures up images of mountains, flowers, colors, breathtaking vistas, hiking, biking, rafting, and, of course, llamas.

OK. I lied. Llamas????

What the heck to do llamas have to do Asheville?

Well, directly, not much.

But, if you're looking for a really cool, backpack-free way to explore the Smoky Mountains near Asheville, you ought to consider a llama in your future.

English Mountain Llama Treks, located just 45 minutes north of Asheville, offers 1-day, 2-day and 3-day guided hikes. For the overnight treks, they supply meals, snacks, drinks and camping gear for your back-woods stay.

No, you don't ride the llamas; they do all the grunt work for you, carrying up to 100 pounds of your stuff. These creatures are easy to lead, and quite often will alert you to wildlife you wouldn't have noticed on your own.

Regardless what length of llama trek you choose, the photos and stories you get to share with friends will be priceless.

It's just one of the many wild and wacky ways to enjoy Asheville and its surrounding beauty.

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