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Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (and 20+ Great Farms to Find Them!)

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on May 14, 2024.

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Blueberry picking in North Carolina is a fun and family-friendly activity. Not only will you and your kids love this, but you’ll also be supporting local farms in the process.

In case you’re trying to find where to start, we’ve created a guide that lists some of the best blueberry farms you’ll find in this state. Whether or not you brought a bucket, we think you’re going to love your time at these farms scattered throughout North Carolina.

We’ve organized this list alphabetically by name (or name after “the” if it applies) within these three regions:

  • When to Pick (and Safety Tips/Prep)
  • The NC Blueberry Festival
  • Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Western Farms)
  • Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Central Farms)
  • Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Eastern Farms)

You can also visually plan a visit with our map created via Google Maps.

Whether you’re a new resident, a frequent visitor, or a local, we’re leaving no detail behind. If you live in North Carolina and are wondering, “Where is the best blueberry picking near me?” or “Are there any blueberry farms near me?”, we think this NC travel guide will help you out!

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When to Pick (Plus Prep & Safety Tips)

The season for blueberries lasts from mid-June to August. Before you go blueberry picking in North Carolina, remember to always check to see if conditions or hours have changed before arriving, wear sunscreen, and have fun!

We’ll keep our list updated as folks run out of berries, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead or follow our links to farms’ web pages. Adverse weather or too many happy pickers can end the harvest early.

The NC Blueberry Festival

a blueberry themed piece of street art  with animals, trees, and other intriguing images

The annual NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw (Pender County) is one of the most popular summer events in NC. 2024’s edition will be a two-day extravaganza (June 14-15) with tons of fun vendors, a vintage car show, and plenty of fresh NC berries!

Stay tuned for more blueberry picking in North Carolina’s premier growing region.

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Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Western)

 a handful of blueberries while blueberry picking in North Carolina.

Brushy Mountain Berry Farm

Address: 7493 NC Highway 16 S, Moravian Falls, NC

The first spot for blueberry picking in North Carolina is Brushy Mountain Berry Farm in Moravian Falls (Wilkes County). Here, you can enjoy u-pick blueberries with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.

Visitors can also pick wild blackberries and buy farm-fresh eggs, other seasonal produce, jams, syrups, baked goods, and more! 

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Flying Cloud Farm

Address: 1860 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview, NC

Pick your own NC blueberries at Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview, less than a 15-minute drive outside downtown Asheville. Flying Cloud Farm started in 1999 with only a half-acre of land and has continued to expand since then.

They also sell produce through a CSA, two different tailgate markets, and their roadside stand by the farm. 

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Perry’s  Berry’s Vineyard & Winery

Address: 1136 Browning View Rd, Morganton, NC

Perry’s Berry’s sits in a sweet spot of Burke County, within a short drive of Lake James and Morganton. Beyond the amazing scenery and one of our favorite small towns, there are blueberries to be picked at this farm off NC-126.

The family-run farm also produces semi-sweet and dry blueberry wine, and you can try some with a flight or a delicious wine slushie on hot days!

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Cloud 9 Farms

Address: 137 Bob Barnwell Road, Fletcher, NC

Cloud 9 Farms has developed a wide range of great activities all inside their quirky homestead. Alongside plentiful berry picking, you can enjoy on-site hikes, check out the farm animals, and take a splash at Patterson Pond, which is also stocked with striped bass.

That’s a whole lot of action for one day, but you can always stretch out your visit in one of Cloud 9’s three homestay cabins. This farm presents a unique opportunity to get a great hands-on approach to the farm chores – or you can just watch the family sweat! If your visit lines up with the birth of a calf, you get to name it.

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Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Central)

Blueberry Thrill Farm

Address: 6938 Eaglesfield Rd, Gibsonville, NC

Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville (shared by Alamance and Guilford counties) is a second-generation farm that offers a variety of pick-your-own and pre-picked fruits and flowers.

They also offer pick-your-own apples, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, pumpkins, flowers, and pasture-raised eggs.

Visit their website to see if they are offering ticketed tours on Saturdays during the blueberry season in North Carolina, where you can take a 30-minute farm tour to meet their pigs, chickens, and goats, as well as learn about the operation and history of Blueberry Thrill Farm.

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Carver Farm Nursery

Address: 105 Carver Farm Rd, Roxboro, NC

Visit Carver Farm Nursery in Roxboro (north of Durham) for all your pick-your-own blueberry, produce, and plant needs!

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Dr. Young’s Pond Berry Farm

Address: 10865 NC-210, Angier, NC

Bring the family to Dr. Youngs Pond Berry Farm in Angier (Harnett County), where they have offered pick-your-own berries since the 1980s!

They offer other produce and items such as blackberries, raspberries, Japanese persimmons, garden vegetables, and blueberry plants (available in spring after the blueberry picking season is over). 

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Grietje’s Garden

Address: 324 Mosswood Rd, Olin, NC

We mentioned Iredell County’s Grietje’s Garden Vineyard (near Statesville and Mooresville) as a great place to pick muscadine grapes.

But did you know that Grietje’s Garden also has u-pick blueberries, blackberries, and self-produced products like juice, jelly, and honey? This is also one of the few places to go Blueberry Picking near Charlotte, NC

It is part of a larger agritourism facility, Rocky Ridge Farm. About 75 blueberry bushes are available on the farm during the picking season.

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Hawk Hill Berry Farm

Address: 3009 Hawk Hill Rd, Mebane, NC

Hawk Hill Berry Farm in Mebane is a family-friendly, pesticide-free farm. U-pick berries are $5/quart, and they encourage guests to bring their own buckets to take their produce home. If you are more comfortable with private picking, they offer appointments for that, too!

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Herndon Hills Farm

Address: 7110 Massey Chapel Rd, Durham, NC

Herndon Hills Farm in Durham offers USDA-certified organic pick-your-own blueberries. Pick-your-own is by appointment only, and you can pick muscadine grapes and blackberries as well.

Lyon Farms

Address: 1544 Munns Rd, Creedmoor, NC

Lyons Farms in Creedmoor (Granville County) allows guests to pick their own berries with their own basket or bucket. They offer not only blueberries, but strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and peaches too.

When you’re down at the farm, take a look at all their homemade goodies, such as jams and fresh vegetables. 

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Melton Family Farm

Address: 6900 Rollingview Dr, Tobaccoville, NC

Enjoy local, 100 percent all-natural pick-your-own blueberries at Melton Family Farm in Tobaccoville, north of Winston-Salem, and shared by Forsyth and Stokes counties. They provide buckets, or you’re more than welcome to bring your own! 

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Millstone Creek Orchards

Address: 506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd, Ramseur, NC

Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur (Randolph County) offers u-pick on weekdays and weekends, with options throughout the year to pick-your-own blueberries, peaches, grapes, apples, pumpkins & gourds, and even pecans!

If going on the weekends during berry or peach and grape season, there is a $3/person u-pick fee. Enjoy other family-friendly activities while on the blueberry orchard, such as easter bunny visits, farmers’ markets, and more!

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Reich’s Blueberries

Address: 4875 Ebert Rd, Winston-Salem, NC

Pick-your-own blueberries at Reich’s Blueberries in Winston-Salem. Prices are $10/gallon, and they use organic practices. 

2023 Update: Unfortunately, A late cold front wiped out this year’s berries, but Reich plans on re-opening in 2024.

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Vollmer Farm

Address: 677 NC Highway 98 East, Bunn, NC

Vollmer Farm in Bunn (Franklin County) offers pick-your-own farm activities, and homemade ice cream and other goodies. They are USDA-certified organic in the produce they grow and pride themselves on that.

You can pick your own blueberries as well as strawberries, blackberries, and pumpkins.

Bring you and your kids on the weekend to enjoy their Back Forty play area, with a barrel train, corn maze, and more. At the end of your trip, enjoy numerous choices of homemade ice cream ranging from vanilla to cinnamon and brown sugar.

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Blueberry Picking in North Carolina (Eastern)

a close up blueberries on a vine in Eastern Carolina

Carol Sue Farms

Address: 19874 Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC

Many will argue that Pender County has the best blueberry picking in North Carolina, and Carol Sue Farms in Hampstead is one of the best in the area!

Check them out for the strawberry season, too, as Carol Sue Farms is a heavyweight in that arena as well.

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Carter Blueberry Farm

Address: 4120 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville, NC

Carter Blueberry Farm started in Fayetteville in 1967 and offers some of the best pick-your-own blueberries. This is easily one of the best things to do in the area, especially with kids!

Carter’s has now expanded to both pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries, with their blueberry plants covering 6 acres of land.

It is $2/lb when picking your own, and they encourage guests to bring their own buckets or they have some for purchase. 

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Farmer Mac’s Blueberry Farm

Address: 184 Berry Patch Rd, Hampstead, NC

Farmer Mac’s Blueberry Farm is another addition from Pender County, which many argue to be the best place for blueberry picking in North Carolina.

If they produce enough, you may be lucky enough to find Farmer Mac’s blueberries at either the Poplar Grove Farmers Market in Wilmington on Wednesday mornings or at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh.

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Jones Fruit Farm

Address: 7094 Beaman Old Creek Rd, Walstonburg, NC

Visit Jones Fruit Farm in Walstonburg (Greene County) to pick-your-own blueberries and other local produce. You can also buy pre-picked or visit any of their four farm stands.

When visiting to pick produce, enjoy their farm-fresh ice cream made with homegrown fruits while taking in the nice weather and peaceful surroundings. 

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Morris Brothers Blueberries Farm

Address: 800 Hwy 17 North, New Bern, NC

Stop by Morris Brothers Blueberries Farm in New Bern to pick-your-own North Carolina blueberries or buy them already picked. They offer an honor box system as well for those who can’t make it during their regular business hours.

Morris Brothers also offers delicious homemade syrups and jams!

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Smith’s Nursery

Address: 443 Sanders Rd, Benson, NC

The last but not least of our farms for blueberry picking in North Carolina is Smith’s Nursery and Produce Farm in Benson, over in Johnston County. This is also a one-stop shop for all your plant and produce needs!

Smith’s Nursery grows strawberries, blueberries, greenhouse tomatoes, pumpkins, cantaloupes, and more, as well as pick-your-own blueberries and strawberries.

In the fall, they offer fun hayrides and a pumpkin patch. Shop their wholesale or retail plants, and peruse through their farmer’s market items, including veggies and milk! 

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Ready to Go Blueberry Picking in North Carolina?

In case you haven’t already, we hope you’ll join us in making blueberry picking in North Carolina a family tradition! These small and locally-owned blueberry farms are the perfect place to enjoy a summer morning and munch on your bounty afterward!

Make a blueberry pie, blueberry jam, or enjoy blueberries over your yogurt. Either way, your support of North Carolina agriculture will keep these endless possibilities intact.

Have you ever gone blueberry picking in North Carolina? If so, did you visit any of these farms? Feel free to let us know in the comments, and when the season comes, we’d love to see your photos in our Facebook Group!

We think blueberry picking is one of the best things to do in North Carolina. If you are looking for similar activities, we have guides to apple picking in North Carolina, our state fruit (muscadines), and strawberry picking!

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