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

1 Darnell Farms

Bryson CitySee on mapSee on map

This farm offers pick-your-own seasonal produce, a corn maze, horseback riding, wagon rides, bluegrass music and even camping. The Appalachian Trail and Fontana Lake are nearby to explore.

2 Grandad’s Apples N’ Such

2 Grandad’s Apples N’ Such

HendersonvilleSee on mapSee 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

3 Hickory Nut Gap Farm

FairviewSee on mapSee on map

Ten miles southeast of Asheville, this farm features a pumpkin patch, corn maze and horse rides. You can also buy fresh farm and local products such as apples, ciders, baked goods, jams and cheeses.

4 Sky Top Orchard

4 Sky Top Orchard

Flat RockSee on mapSee 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 Farms

FranklinSee on mapSee 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

6 Creasman Farms

HendersonvilleSee on mapSee on map

This family-run farm boasts 35 acres of apples for picking, as well as pumpkins and gourds. Kids can also visit the farm residents – goats, geese and ducks.

7 The Orchard at Altapass

7 The Orchard at Altapass

Little SwitzerlandSee on mapSee 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 Nursery

BensonSee on mapSee 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 Farm

BunnSee on mapSee 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

10 Rural Hill's Amazing Maize Maze

HuntersvilleSee on mapSee on map

Wander through 7 acres of corn maze that will test your knowledge and directional skills. You can also pick pumpkins and take hayrides around the farm.

11 Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

11 Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

DallasSee on mapSee on map

Lineberger's Maple Springs Farm has an abundance of fall produce including apples, pumpkins, gourds and Muscadine grapes. There’s also a small corn maze for kids, a nature trail and wagon rides.

12 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze

12 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze

GarnerSee on mapSee on map

This six-acre corn maze is North Carolina’s first and longest-running corn maze. There’s also a small maze for kids, pumpkin picking, hayrides and family games such as miniature golf and gourd checkers.

13 Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley

13 Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley

Archdale (near High Point)See on mapSee 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

14 Riverbend Farm

MidlandSee on mapSee on map

Just 17 miles east of Charlotte, this farm is open to the public weekends in October for covered wagon rides and pumpkin picking. You can also sample ice cream from an old-fashioned parlor and purchase baked goods at Riverbend Farm.

15 Aw Shucks Corn Maze

15 Aw Shucks Corn Maze

MonroeSee on mapSee on map

With a new design every year, this corn maze keeps visitors guessing. Other activities include hayrides, pumpkin picking, a horseshoe tournament and corn hole.

16 Gross Farms

16 Gross Farms

SanfordSee on mapSee on map

This farm’s 15-acre corn maze is comprised of three puzzles with checkpoints to track progress. There’s also a pumpkin patch, hayrides and produce barn.

17 Sonlight Farms

17 Sonlight Farms

KenlySee on mapSee 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 Farms

YoungsvilleSee on mapSee 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

19 Mike’s Farm

BeulavilleSee on mapSee on map

A year-round agritourism destination, this farm offers hayrides and a pumpkin patch during October. Visitors will also find a barnyard full of friendly animals and a bakery known for its fudge and other treats.

20 Hubb’s Corn Maze

20 Hubb’s Corn Maze

ClintonSee on mapSee 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

21 Briley’s Farm Market

GreenvilleSee on mapSee on map

Fall activities at Briley's Farm Market include pumpkin picking, hayrides, a hay maze and pony rides. You can even mine for gemstones – rubies, quartz, topaz, amethysts and sapphires have been discovered here.

 

Updated November 1, 2018
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