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Apple Hill Farm Guided 45-Minute Alpaca Walking Tour

What happens when you put nine species of animals with different personalities and a senses of purpose together? You get a farm full of life, funny happenings and interesting experiences. Apple Hill Farm is brimming with new and engaging moments of animal life. Best of all, you get to visit this amazing place!Your guided walking tour lasts 45- to 90-minutes and winds through the pastures, old apple orchard and landscaped gardens. You will get to meet alpacas, llamas, guardian donkeys, angora goats, guardian dogs, chickens and Mr. Pickles the mini-pig! The owner's passion is creating an environment where can develop a new and deeper connection with animals and the beautiful mountain they call home. Every animal on the farm and every crop in the garden is grown and maintained with a specific purpose. Everyone has an important role at Apple Hill Farm - you included!In addition to farm animals, Apple Hill Farm is also home to the largest selection of alpaca products in the High Country of North Carolina. They have over 20 varieties of alpaca yarn as well as gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests, jackets, hats, stuffed animals and more - all created from luxurious alpaca fiber!

$61.35 Water Sports

Watauga River Small-Group Rafting from Elizabethton

Meet your guide at the meeting point near the Watauga River. Here you will have access to hot showers, changing rooms, restrooms, a screened-in riverside picnic shelter, private beach and of course free parking.    Please arrive 30-minutes early to check in. Your adventure will begin at the base of the highest TVA electrical producing dam in the Southeast and proceeds through a cliff-sided valley where the water is clear enough to see to the bottom twenty feet below. The Watauga River winds its way through the valley in a moderate, but fast moving fashion that is accentuated with class I and II rapids to keep you focused on the river itself. Around the next corner lies the Anaconda, a class III hydraulic that serves as an excellent chance to get splashed, and cooled off before continuing on with our rafting trip.  After another hour of twists and turns and a few more rapids, the boat delivers you to a private pristine beach at the edge of the river and your journey’s end at our riverside Outpost where you are welcome to relax chat with other rafters.