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book a goat hike!

Meet the herd and wander with us along the whimsical trails of Idlewild as the herd plays & grazes. We will begin hiking the first weekend in June and will continue through October. We have community hikes on the weekends ($15/person) and private hikes on Wednesday night ($100/group).

ADDRESS & PARKING: We are located at Idlewild Farm, 10594 Button Rd. Belding. Please park along the gravel drive WEST of the mint green farmhouse (you should see a red barn and greenhouse from your parking spot). Our farm is nearest the town of Smyrna--30-40 minutes east (and a bit north) of Grand Rapids, 20-25 minutes east of Rockford, 10 minutes south of Greenville, and 15 minutes north of Lowell!

 

COME PLAY! Meet the Dreamgoats and wander with us along the whimsical trails as the goats frolic & graze!

WHAT TO EXPECT: Each hour-long session includes herd introductions, some time to play, pet, and brush the goats in the pen, plus a leisurely 35-40 minute walk through pasture and orchard with the whole herd. Tickets are $15/person (2 & under are free). Each session is capped at twelve people (+ up to 27 goats). Unleashed, the goats orbit around us, climbing trees, gobbling up brambles, and leaning in for scratches.

WHAT TO WEAR: Trail is grass--may be longer weeds at times. Due to poison ivy and bugs, long pants are strongly recommended. Closed toed shoes are required. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water if needed. A hat and sunglasses if it's sunny!

TREATS TO SHARE: You may also bring a few raisins, unsalted sunflower seeds, or other fruits/veggies to share with the goats (limit your offerings to a couple handfuls total, please and bite-sized pieces are recommended). If you bring too many treats, we may suggest you feed the rest to our friendly hog neighbors.  No junk food please.

GOAT MERCH. We make farmstead goatmilk soap and other herd-inspired goodies which will be for sale during the event. Cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal accepted.

AREA FOOD + FUN: Idlewild Farm opens flower u-pick mid July -September, so you can  book a time to harvest your own blooms Friday night/Saturday morning in conjunction with your goat hike! We also highly recommend The Smyrna Bar just down the road for dinner, drinks, and live music. For camping, cabins, horseback riding, and river floating, check out Double R Ranch. To continue your farm-inspired trip, Red Barn Market has more animals, ice cream, hard cider, and indoor & outdoor seating for larger groups.

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