Fun at the Farm: Apples, Pumpkins and Corn Mazes

Johnston County Visitors BureauFun at the Farm: Apples, Pumpkins and Corn Mazes

Sonlight Farms, in Kenly, features an eight-acre corn maze, hayrides and more

In North Carolina, the fall season means mouthwatering mountain apples, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and, of course, colorful foliage. And there’s no better place to enjoy these seasonal fruits and festive activities than our farms and orchards. Be sure to call ahead or check each attraction’s website for opening times before you visit.


Darnell Farms
Bryson City
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.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm
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.

Sky Top Orchard
Flat Rock
At an elevation of 3,000 feet, this 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.

Family picking apples at Sky Top Orchard

Spend the day at Sky Top Orchard picking apples, visiting animals and enjoying mountain views

Deal Farms
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 here, including apples, cider, corn, jams and homegrown sorghum syrup.

The Pumpkin Patch at Blue Mountain Farms
Glade Valley
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this farm features a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayrides. Visit late September through October.

Creasman Farms
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.

Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
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.

The Orchard at Altapass
Little Switzerland
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.

Historic Orchard at Altapass

Janice Wald Friedman

Explore the orchard on the many trails that run through it

Blue Ridge Corn Maze
Pisgah Forest
Find your way through six acres of corn maze. In October, it becomes the “Shock in the Corn” haunted maze.


Smith’s Nursery
This 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.

Vollmer Farm
On fall weekends, this 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.

Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm
This 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.

Ganyard Hill Farm
Stop by this farm for hayrides, corn and hay mazes, a barn market and a pumpkin patch. If you come early enough in the season you can pick cotton, too.

Rural Hill's Amazing Maize Maze
Wander through seven acres of corn maze that will test your knowledge and directional skills. You can also pick pumpkins and take hayrides around the farm.

Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill

Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

The Amazing Maize at Rural Hill is one of the largest mazes in the Southeast

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

Maize Adventure
High Point
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.

Riverbend Farm
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.

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

Sonlight Farms
Plan a day of family fun, including an eight-acre corn maze and kids' maze, the Bouncin' Barnyard, an 80-foot slide, hayrides and plenty of outdoor games. The farm is open mid-September to early-November, and everyone takes home a pumpkin.

Sonlight Farms slide

Johnston County Visitors Bureau

Take a slide down an 80-foot tube at Sonlight Farms

Gross Farms
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.

Hill Ridge Farms
Celebrate this farm’s Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival Sept. 14 through Nov. 10, complete with hayrides, a pumpkin patch and gemstone panning. There are also plenty of farm-made products to sample and purchase.


Mike’s Farm
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.

Hubb’s Corn Maze
This corn maze is actually comprised of four mazes. There’s a shorter, easier maze for children, two longer and more challenging mazes, and a haunted woods maze only open in October. You’ll also find pumpkins, hayrides and other family activities.

Briley’s Farm Market
Fall activities at this farm 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.

R & J Farms
In addition to a corn maze, this farm also features pumpkin picking, hayrides, bonfires and a pirate ship maze. There’s a haunted maze weekends in October as well.

Griffin’s Amazing Maize Maze
You’ll be kept busy for at least an hour in this seven-acre corn maze. There are also pumpkins available for purchase.


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