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
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 throughout October (activities continue through late November or early December). Aside from panoramic views, the orchard also offers hayrides and an animal park.
5 Deal Farms
5 Deal FarmsFranklinSee on map
Starting in late September, you can take a hayride around the farm to the entrance of a giant corn maze, and then afterward you can pick your own pumpkin. Stock up on fresh produce and goods at Deal Farms, including apples, corn, jams and homegrown sorghum syrup.
6 Creasman Farms
7 The Orchard at Altapass
7 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 nearly every day of apple harvest season mid-September through late October.
8 Smith’s Nursery
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, 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.
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 10.5-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. And new since 2020: Sunflower Extravaganza, where you can stroll through 350,000 sunflowers planted on gorgeous rolling hills.
14 Aw Shucks Corn Maze
15 Gross Farms
16 Sonlight Farms
17 Hill Ridge Farms
18 Mike’s Farm
19 Hubb’s Corn Maze
19 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.