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 throughout October, and activities continue through late November or early December. Aside from panoramic views, the orchard also offers hayrides, an animal park, a playground and gem mine.
5 Creasman Farms
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 and yoga, 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
10 Lineberger’s Farm
11 Ken’s Korny Corn Maze
12 Maize Adventure at Kersey Valley
13 Gross Farms
14 Sonlight Farms
15 Hill Ridge Farms
16 Mike’s Farm
17 Hubb’s Corn Maze
17 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.