Take a Hike finds success in business and family

John McFerrin loves the outdoors. So much so that he opened his own outdoors store.

McFerrin moved to Black Mountain from Arkansas in 1986 and eventually opened Take a Hike Mountain Outfitters in his new home in April 1999.

“I always loved hiking and camping and I started in the early to mid-’70s backpacking and learning about this stuff and it sort of became a hobby and then a passion,” McFerrin said. “I ended up one day just taking the jump to see if I could do my own store and never looked back from there.”

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Prior to opening his own store, McFerrin said he was working for a similar outfitter in Asheville where he specialized and ran the shoe department. He described himself as a “footwear geek.”

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