Lower Sherwood Farm

Charlottesville, Virginia

Raising champion llamas for more than 33 years.

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Raising award winning llamas since 1986

Lower Sherwood has been owned and operated by the McGrath family since 1986. We chose llamas because wanted to raise an animal that wasn't intended for slaughter. Specializing in show and breeding stock, we have produced some of the nation's top llamas.

As one of the first llama farms in the country to shear our llamas (a necessity due to the hot Virginia summers), we also produce yarns and finished products available for sale off the farm at the Scottsville Farmers' Market. Appointments are required for farm visits.

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Llamas are Going to Save the World

There’s been a lot of talk about the use of llama anti-bodies in the news lately. Articles have recently run in the Washington Post and NY Times. Belgian researchers are looking to llamas to “build a bridge” to a potential Covid 19 vaccine. While the research involving the use of llama proteins and antibodies isn’t new, it is exciting. I have said for decades that “llamas are going to save the world”.

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Meet the Pack String

Gryffindor

Gryffindor

Rasputin

Rasputin

Manila

Manila

Kingsley

Kingsley

Max

Max

Tucamon

Tucamon

King

King

Derby

Derby

Teriyaki

Teriyaki

Chewy

Chewy

Jamieson

Jamieson

Pellegrino

Pellegrino

Source Code

Source Code

Danny

Danny

Thomas

Thomas

Defiance

Defiance

Racer

Racer

Services Offered

Guided Nature Walks with Llamas

Llamas are one of the world's oldest domesticated animals. The Incas used them as beasts of burden to haul gold and silver out of the Andes. Today they are still an important part of South American commerce. In North America, their athleticism and sure-footeness make them the perfect hiking companion. There are many llama outfitters in the west that offer extended camping trips either guided or llamas for lease.

We are offering a number of short guided nature walks with llamas both on our farm and at local parks and trails.

In addition, we also offer a number of virtual meetings with our llamas for corporate events, K-12 and non-profits, and birthday parties.

Meet With us

Meet Online

Can't meet with us in person? Invite us to join one of your meetings to meet our animals via Zoom or Hangouts.

Virtual field trips for K-12 students and non-profits also available.

Walk With Us

Nature Walks With Llamas

Take an in-person tour of our idyllic 95 acres of farmland and woods with your own llama companion. Enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Ridge foothills and visit the 6th largest Willow Oak in the state (unofficially).

1 to 2 miles. 1 to 2 hours. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The activity is not recommended for children under 5.

Prescheduled walks are limited to 6 people. Contact us if you have a larger group.

Don't see a time on the calender that works for you? Contact us, and we'll set something up to work with your schedule.

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Also Available

Pleasant Grove

Walk the extensive trails of Fluvanna's historic park. This mostly wooded hike offers views of the Rivanna River. Water and home-baked snacks will be provided. 2 to 4 miles. 2 to 3 hours.

Totier Creek

Scottsville's Totier Creek Park offers a shorter off-site walk in the woods above the reservoir. About 2 miles and 1.5 to 2 hours.

Booking

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Camp Out

Llama Paradise at Lower Sherwood

Enjoy complete serenity on 95 acres that's only 25 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Pitch your tent in our hay fields with glimpses of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy access to our three-season show barn with bathroom, and hot and cold running water available from our well.

Hike with our llamas, or bring your own horses and walk on our wooded trails. The perfect location for a fun family outing or a romantic getaway.

Named 'Best of 2019: 2nd place, Virginia'.

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Our Events

Sherwoodstock

ILR-sanctioned llama show with halter, fiber and performance classes.

https://sherwoodstock.com

Flock-n-Spiel

The small but mighty fiber festival!

https://flocknspiel.com

Base Camp

ILR-sanctioned llama show, and PTLA-certified pack trial.

https://basecampllama.com

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