Adventure With Llamas In The Smoky Mountains
I apologize in advance for all the llama puns.
Adventure? Alpaca my bags.
If you're like me, and love llamas, then no prob-llama, I've got you covered! When visiting the Smoky Mountains, you must visit the Smoky Mountain Llama Treks. It's about 40minutes away if you're staying in Gatlinburg or Sevierville.
At the Smoky Mountain Llama Treks, you will find friendly llamas that love attention. We went to the llama farm on a rainy day and had the option to still go, or reschedule. We decided to still go because there was a covered area we were able to stay in. The owner was friendly and showed us around. He introduced us to the llamas by name, which they have the cutest names like: White Lighting, Curly, Peanut Butter, Jelly, PB2, and Maximus. If you look on the website, it even gives you personality traits of each llama.
Don't forget to bring a box of graham crackers! You're allowed to feed them their favorite treat, graham crackers. They know when you have a box, too, because they will immediately be best friends with you.
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Another option is to plan a hike with them! You get your own llama to walk beside with. I really hope to do this my next visit. Be sure to book in advance on the website. If you're planning on taking a hike in the smoky mountains, why no do it with a llama? They have options for different treks depending on the trail from easy, to moderately strenuous. They are also open all year around.
Llamas have been used for thousands of years in South America to help carry and transport items during walking expeditions, and of course their warm wool. Today in North America, llamas and alpacas are still used for their wool, hiking companions, show animals, therapy animals and pets (I'm still trying to convince my husband we need a pet llama).
As many times I've been to the Smoky Mountains, this has been one of my favorite things I've experienced there.
Check Groupon for a discount on the llama farm to save some money!
Have any of you been to the llama farm, or just love llamas? Let me know in the comments!