Fun at the Farm: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Mazes and Hayrides
From late-summer through fall, many farms in North Carolina come alive as fun destinations for the whole family. Pick mouthwatering apples and picture-perfect pumpkins, find your way through corn mazes and kick back and enjoy a hayride. Plus, as the fall season progresses, you can experience these activities in the midst of colorful autumn leaves.
1 Darnell Farms
2 Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
2 Grandad’s Apples N’ SuchHendersonvilleSee on map
Located on 70 acres, this family-run farm offers more than 200 varieties of apples for purchase. You can also pick pumpkins, explore the corn maze, visit farmyard animals (including a llama) and shop at the country store.
3 Hickory Nut Gap Farm
4 Sky Top Orchard
4 Sky Top OrchardFlat RockSee on map
At an elevation of 3,000 feet, Sky Top Orchard has a wide variety of pick-your-own apples available through mid-October, as well as pumpkins and grapes through September (activities continue through November). Aside from panoramic views, the orchard also offers hayrides and an animal park.
5 Deal Farms
5 Deal FarmsFranklinSee on map
Starting in October, you can take a hayride around the farm to the entrance of a giant corn maze, as well as pick your own pumpkins. Stock up on fresh produce and goods at Deal Farms, including apples, cider, corn, jams and homegrown sorghum syrup.
6 Creasman Farms
7 The Orchard at Altapass
7 The Orchard at AltapassLittle SwitzerlandSee on map
This historic farm is more than 100 years old. In addition to apple picking, the orchard celebrates the people, music, art and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s a special event here nearly every day of apple harvest season September through early November.
8 Smith’s Nursery
8 Smith’s NurseryBensonSee on map
Smith's Nursery opens in mid-September for pumpkin picking, goat walks, hayrides, hikes and fishing. Plus, there’s a farm stand. During its annual Fall Festival, visitors are treated to bluegrass and folk music, storytelling and pumpkin painting.
9 Vollmer Farm
9 Vollmer FarmBunnSee on map
On fall weekends, Vollmer Farm’s Back Forty Playground opens and the fun really begins. A Great Pumpkin Jump trampoline, an 80-foot underground slide, duck races, hayrides and kids’ zip line are just a few activities the family can enjoy, in addition to pumpkin picking.
10 Rural Hill's Amazing Maize Maze
11 Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm
12 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
13 Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
13 Maize Adventure at Kersey ValleyArchdale (near High Point)See on map
In addition to a 10-acre corn maze, you can also pick pumpkins, mine for gems and dig for fossils. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even zip line above the corn maze and through the nearby woods.
14 Riverbend Farm
15 Aw Shucks Corn Maze
16 Gross Farms
17 Sonlight Farms
17 Sonlight FarmsKenlySee on map
Plan a day of family fun, including an 8-acre corn maze and kids' maze, the Bouncin' Barnyard, an 80-foot slide, hayrides and plenty of outdoor games. Sonlight Farms is open mid-September to early-November, and everyone takes home a pumpkin.
18 Hill Ridge Farms
18 Hill Ridge FarmsYoungsvilleSee on map
Celebrate this farm’s multiweek Fall Pumpkin Festival from mid-September through early November, complete with hayrides, a pumpkin patch and gemstone panning. There are also plenty of farm-made products to sample and purchase at Hill Ridge Farms.
19 Mike’s Farm
20 Hubb’s Corn Maze
20 Hubb’s Corn MazeClintonSee on map
Hubb's Corn Maze is actually comprised of four mazes. There’s a shorter, easier maze for children, and two longer and more challenging mazes. Plus, a haunted woods maze is open in October. You’ll also find pumpkins, hayrides and other family activities.
21 Briley’s Farm Market