Where do the Treks start?
Each trek has a different trail and a different start location. Once your reservation is complete, we will email you directions to the trail head. (Routes provided by GPS, Googlemaps and other programs are often inaccurate due to the tricky mountain terrain.) The instructions we send you will be easy to follow and exact.
Do any of the trails start at the Smoky Mountain Llama Treks farm?
Yes, our newest trail, the Padgett Mill trail begins at the farm and includes a farm visit.
What happens if we are late or get lost?
Please give yourself extra travel time if you are not familiar with the area. As a courtesy, we will wait 30 minutes for you to arrive, then we will begin the trek without you. (Waiting any longer would be unfair to our other guests.) Unfortunately, if you are late and we leave without you, you will lose your deposit.
Is there a guide?
Yes, there are one or two guides leading every trek. Our guides are trained in CPR and emergency first aid to ensure your safety along the trails.
Will we be hiking with others?
Small hiking groups are often combined. If others have reserved on the same day, we will all hike together. If you would rather hike without others, please request a private hike when you make your reservation.
Can I carry my baby in a backpack?
No, our insurance does not cover anyone under six years old.
Can children hike without their parents?
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Can we bring our dog(s)?
No, while our llamas and dogs know and love each other, unfamiliar dog(s) could upset the llamas (or vice versa). We want you to be able to relax and enjoy the scenery and peaceful atmosphere without concern.
What happens if I need to rest during the hike?
We make many frequent stops to rest and drink. If you need to rest longer or more often, please let us know.
What happens if I can’t hike the entire trail?
We do not force hikers to continue if they feel they cannot go on. Hikers may return to the trailhead (on their own) while the rest of the group continues on the trek. If this should happen, unfortunately, you will not receive a refund.
How do we get back?
All our trails are circular loops and end up at the same trailhead where we begin.
Do you provide beverages on any treks?
No, you must bring your own drinks. Please bring at least two drinks per person in hot summer months. We provide coolers with ice that the llamas will carry for you.
Do you provide food on any treks?
No. For lunch and overnight treks, you must provide your own food and drinks. Sub sandwiches and water bottles are a good suggestion because they fit perfectly in our special thin llama coolers. We provide tables and chairs along with coolers and ice for treks that include a picnic meal.
Can we bring alcohol?
Yes, you may bring whatever drinks you’d like, but please bring plenty of water too.
What else can I bring along?
Cameras, video cameras, cell phones (though you may not have cell service on all of the trails), sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, bug spray, any medications you may need, EpiPen® if you are concerned about allergic reactions. (We do bring a first aid kit on every hike.)
What should I leave at home?
Please do not bring MP3 players, games, or computers. (We want you to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.) Large purses and/or backpacks should also be left behind. If you feel you must bring extra items, you will have to carry them.
Are there restrooms along the trails?
No, most trails do not have any restroom facilities. We provide toilet paper if you need to “visit the woods”. The Creek Hollow trail has an outhouse.
Will I get wet or muddy on the trail?
Expect some mud on the trails if it has been rainy a few days before your trek. Also, there are some trails where we walk in the creek. (See our trail descriptions.) You can bring water shoes to change into if you like.
Will I step in manure?
The llamas usually ‘go’ while standing in water. While there may be some llama manure on the trails, you might not even notice it. A llama’s three chamber digestive system is very efficient, and their manure contains less organic content than that of other livestock. There may be some horse manure on the horse trails we use, but it is usually dried up and off to the side.
Will we encounter wildlife on the trails?
We see a lot of birds along the way, hawks and even eagles. It’s possible to see other wildlife as we are walking through their habitat, but they usually hear us coming and make themselves scarce.
Can we come to the farm and visit the llamas?
Yes, we offer a one hour “Farm Presentation” tour to learn more about llamas. Also, the Padgett Mill Trail begins at the Llama Farm and includes a farm visit. If you are hiking a different trail, contact us about combining it with a farm visit.
Can we camp out?
Yes, we offer overnight packages and we provide the camping gear for up to eight campers. We recommend the Buckeye Ridge Trail which has spectacular views of Max Patch. For overnight treks, we extend the normal hike by visiting a shelter on the Appalachian Trail.