Lower Sherwood Farm was recently featured on the news regarding our right to have llamas on public lands. However, the report was a bit misleading. Here’s what’s going on: Llamas and alpacas have been banned from the public lands known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The ban is based on a request from a special interest group that is claiming that the llamas and alpaca pose a health threat to the native sheep population.Read more
Lower Sherwood Farm
Raising champion llamas for more than 34 years.Find out more
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.
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”.Read more
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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
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.
The walks are 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. All
Prescheduled walks are typically limited to 6 people and are booked through Airbnb Experiences.
Don’t see a time on the calender that works for you, or have a larger group? Contact us, and we’ll see if we can something up to work with your schedule.
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' and 'Best of 2021: VA Finalist'