For a memorable Smoky Mountain hike, embark on a trek with llamas at Smoky Mountain Llama Treks! You’ll join an experienced guide along with fluffy, trained llamas up the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. They’ll carry your gear while you marvel at the views, take in the wildlife and scenery, and create lifelong memories on this incredible outdoor excursion.
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You will see a lot of birds along the way, hawks and even eagles. It’s possible to see other wildlife as you will be walking through their habitat, but they will usually hear you coming and make themselves scarce.Can we bring snacks for the llamas?
Yes! They love oatmeal cookies and graham crackers.Do I have to lead a llama?
No, you do not have to lead a llama if you prefer not to. However, the hiking rates are charged per person, not per llama.Do the llamas spit, kick or bite?
No. While spitting is a natural behavior for llamas, they will not spit on hikers. These llamas have been thoroughly and properly trained. They are very gentle and do not exhibit aggressive behaviors such as biting, spitting or kicking, toward people. A llama may kick if it is startled, so Smoky Mountain Llama Treks cautions guests not to stand where the llamas cannot see them.Can we ride the llamas?
No, although they are great pack-animals, llamas cannot support weight directly on their spines. Pack saddles distribute weight evenly over the llama’s back and sides.What happens if I drop the llama’s lead rope?
The llama may wander to the side of the trail to nibble on grass or leaves, but it will probably just stand and wait for you to pick it up.What happens if my llama eats a poisonous plant?
There are only 3 plants that a llama should not eat. Your guide will show you pictures of them before you leave and will point them out as you pass them along the trails. If your llama grabs a bad leaf or two, there is no need to panic, a few leaves are harmless.Can I pet the llamas?
Yes.Is there a guide?
Yes, there are one or two guides leading every trek. 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, all will 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?
Yes.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, unfamiliar dog(s) could upset the llamas (or vice versa).What happens if I need to rest during the hike?
The tour makes many frequent stops to rest and drink. If you need to rest longer or more often, please let your guide know.What happens if I can’t hike the entire trail?
They will 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 trails are circular loops and end up at the same trailhead where your trek began.Are beverages or water provided on any treks?
No, you must bring your own drinks. Please bring at least two drinks per person in hot summer months. They will provide coolers with ice that the llamas will carry for you.Can we bring alcohol?
No.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.What should I leave at home?
Please do not bring MP3 players, games, or computers. 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?
Yes, the Padgett Mill, Trident Trail and Moonshine treks have bathrooms.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.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.