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 FarmsBryson CitySee on map
This 100-acre farm offers a farmers market, a corn maze, wagon rides, live 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 SuchHendersonvilleSee on map
Located on 100 acres, this family-run farm offers more than 20 varieties of apples for purchase. You can also pick pumpkins, explore the corn maze, visit barnyard animals, and shop at the country store and bakery.
3 Hickory Nut Gap Farm
3 Hickory Nut Gap FarmFairviewSee on map
About 15 miles southeast of Asheville, this farm features a pumpkin patch, corn pit, hayrides and horse rides. You can also buy fresh, local products such as apples, ciders, baked goods, jams and cheeses.
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 throughout October (activities continue through late November or early December). Aside from panoramic views, the orchard also offers hayrides and an animal park.
5 Creasman Farms
5 Creasman FarmsHendersonvilleSee on map
This family-run farm boasts 35 acres of apples for picking, as well as pumpkins, gourds and beans. Kids can also visit the farm residents: goats, geese and ducks.
6 The Orchard at Altapass
6 The Orchard at AltapassSpruce PineSee on map
This historic farm is more than 100 years old. In addition to apple picking, the orchard celebrates the people, music and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s a special event here every weekend day of apple harvest season mid-September through late October.
7 Smith’s Nursery
7 Smith’s NurseryBensonSee on map
Smith's Nursery offers pumpkin picking, goat walks, hayrides and more in the fall. Plus, there’s a farm stand. During its annual Fall Festival, visitors are treated to bluegrass and folk music, storytelling and pumpkin painting.
8 Vollmer Farm
8 Vollmer FarmBunnSee on map
On fall weekends, Vollmer Farm’s Back Forty Playground opens and the fun really begins. A Great Pumpkin Jump trampoline, a 100-foot underground slide, hayrides and a kids' zip line are just a few activities the family can enjoy, in addition to pumpkin picking.
9 Rural Hill's Amazing Maize Maze
9 Rural Hill's Amazing Maize MazeHuntersvilleSee on map
Wander through 7 acres of corn maze that will test your knowledge and directional skills. You can also pick pumpkins (in October) and take hayrides around the farm.
10 Lineberger’s Farm
10 Lineberger’s FarmDallasSee on map
Lineberger's Farm has an abundance of fall produce including pumpkins, gourds and Muscadine grapes. There’s also a small corn maze for kids.
11 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
11 Ken’s Korny Corn MazeGarnerSee on map
This 6-acre corn maze is North Carolina’s first and longest-running corn maze. There’s also a small maze for kids, pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn box and a hay jump.
12 Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
12 Maize Adventure at Kersey ValleyArchdaleSee on map
In addition to a 10.5-acre corn maze, you can also pick pumpkins, mine for gems and dig for fossils. New in 2022: the Adventure Playground, where you can take in the farm from above by climbing through rope nets and crossing bridges.
14 Gross Farms
14 Gross FarmsSanfordSee on map
This farm’s 10-acre corn maze comprises three puzzles with checkpoints to track progress. There’s also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a Pumpkin Jump and a 40-foot slide.
15 Sonlight Farms
15 Sonlight FarmsKenlySee on map
Plan a day of family fun, including a corn maze and kids' maze, the Bouncin' Barnyard, a giant slide, hayrides, plenty of outdoor games and pumpkin picking. Sonlight Farms is open throughout October.
16 Hill Ridge Farms
16 Hill Ridge FarmsYoungsvilleSee on map
Celebrate this farm’s multiweek Fall Festival from late September through late October, complete with hayrides, a pumpkin patch and gemstone panning. There is also a jumping pillow plus an 80-foot slide at Hill Ridge Farms.
17 Mike’s Farm
17 Mike’s FarmBeulavilleSee 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.
18 Hubb’s Corn Maze
18 Hubb’s Corn MazeClintonSee on map
Hubb's Corn Maze covers more than 10 acres and includes several mazes of various skill levels. Plus, there’s a shorter, easier maze for children as well as a "past dark" flashlight maze in late October. You’ll also find pumpkins, hayrides and other family activities.
19 Briley’s Farm Market
19 Briley’s Farm MarketGreenvilleSee on map
Fall activities at Briley's Farm Market include a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, hayrides and a haunted field. Children can enjoy pony rides and a kids' play area.
Updated September 8, 2022