I found an adorable mountaintop farm in North Carolina that has all the alpacas! Apple Hill Farm is such a cute escape from the “real” world. They have all sorts of farm animals from pigs to dogs to goats. I enjoyed my time here and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. So, without further ado, scroll down!
The first animals I saw were the baby potbelly pigs, located in the main barn. At the time they were 6 months old and weighed 40lbs. They were pretty compact little guys, being no more than two feet tall. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to pet the pigs– a downfall to this experience.
They have quite a few alpacas and llamas on the farm. This was definitely the highlight of the day. I was so happy to pet these furry guys. My favorite was actually a black and white llama. He was super adorable. The pen of petting llamas and alpacas are all male. Apparently, they have another pen with all the females, but they are kept out of sight from the males and the guests.
Behind the alpaca pen, there was a pen with two baby angora goats. They were so shaggy and adorable. I wish we had been able to get closer to their pen because I just wanted to hug them.
My second favorite part of this visit was feeding the adult angora goats. They were so raggedy and cute. Their fur felt like petting a soft mop, and they took the food from my hand so gently. They are super sweet creatures.
There was also a pair of guard donkeys on the outer ring of the alpaca pen. These two donkeys keep the alpacas and llamas safe from bobcats and mountain lions. If you didn’t know, donkeys can be feisty little creatures and a pack powerful kick. Despite their aggressive nature to predators, they were super sweet to me.
There are also a bunch of working dogs on the farm. Two Golden Retrievers stay at the main barn, while the Great Pyrenees guard the goats in the back. When you pass the alpaca pen, there is a small shelter and pen where a Great Pyrenees will sleep at night to ward off predators. I wasn’t able to get close to the Great Pyrenees, but I was able to pet the Golden Retrievers in the front.
One thing I didn’t like about Apple Hill Farm is that you have to attend a tour. The employees do not let you roam the farm on your own. I would have enjoyed this experience much more if I didn’t have to move to each pen with a group and guide.
There also seemed to be a lot of rules that hindered my experience. The dirt pathways leading away from the main barn to the animals are marked with red ‘do not cross’ signs and flags. I felt this to be intrusive. They also designed the facility so that you are unable to pet all of the animals, such as the baby pigs. Many are blocked off with high or electric fences.
Despite not enjoying the guided tour, I did learn a fun fact. Alpacas are known to spit, everyone knows that. What everyone doesn’t know is that when an alpaca spits in another’s mouth, they have enzymes in their spit that lock the other alpaca’s job so that they are unable to open or close their jaw. They typically do this to each other when they are eating because it prevents the competitor from eating their food.
If your goal is to simply look at farm animals and pet a few alpacas, then this is a farm you would enjoy. If you’re a fan of traditional petting zoos where you have more freedom, then I would not suggest visiting Apple Hill Farm. Overall, I enjoyed my time here. I wish we were given more freedom, but I found the land to be clean and the animals to be very friendly. I call that a win!
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