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18 of the Best Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina (Eastern, Central, and Western NC)

Published by Carl Hedinger. Last Updated on February 25, 2024.

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Visiting pumpkin patches in North Carolina is a quintessential fall activity, and we’ve rounded up some of the best for you!

No matter where you are in the state, there is a ripe vine ready and waiting. That’s why we’ve broken this down into sections, starting with pumpkin patches in Eastern North Carolina.

We then cover those found in Central North Carolina before moving on to the best pumpkin patches in North Carolina’s mountains, also known as Western NC. If you’d like to visually plan your travels to these pumpkin patches, check out our map!

So if you live near the coast, you can continue reading or skip ahead to the location closest to you!

Read More: The Best Things to Do in North Carolina and our North Carolina Travel Map

Tips for Visiting Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina

Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina
Carrigan Farms

First, here are some tips for visiting these pumpkin patches so you are fully prepared.

  • Remember that pumpkin patches are often still working farms. So prepare to get a little messy! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes (and avoid white shoes) and long pants.
  • We saw a family do this recently and thought it was genius! Before you get on the hayride to the pumpkin patch, grab some reusable grocery bags from the car. Carrying your pumpkin back is so much easier with handles!
  • Always check the farm’s social media and website before going. Some farms are requiring advanced ticketing, and you may drive all the way there for there to be no availability left for the day. (We did this once… don’t be like us…)

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Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina (Eastern)

Hubb’s Farm

10276 N, US-421, Clinton

Hubb’s Farm is a pumpkin patch near Fayetteville, NC. It’s the ultimate place for Fall fun in Eastern North Carolina. Beyond the pumpkin patch, Hubb’s Farm offers themed weekend events, including a flashlight corn maze night, Antique Festival, and even a Duck Derby! 

There’s a full menu of delicious treats at Pa’s Kitchen, including funnel cake, muscadine grape slushies, fried pop-tarts, and more! Tickets are required for entrance, (available for purchase here), so plan ahead and reserve your time slot to guarantee you’ll have your pick of the patch.

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The Vollmer Farm

677 North Carolina 98 Hwy E, Bunn

The Vollmer Farm is a North Carolina pumpkin patch located in Bunn and an excellent family-friendly Fall experience. A full 40 acres have fun on the pumpkin pillow, underground slide, and hayrides. 

General Admission was $15 in past years, but check their website for 2023 costs. Admission includes free pumpkin pie, a wagon ride, an obstacle course, and a corn maze! More activities are available for an additional fee and those include kayaking, fishing, gem mining, and Turkey shoot.

If you’re hungry for more than your free pumpkin pie, the Nibble Nook sells sodas, water, hot dogs, sandwiches, nachos, and more. 

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Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina (Central)

Carrigan Farms

1261 Oakridge Farm Highway, Mooresville

Carrigan Farms’ pumpkin patch has been around since 1975 and continues to be a traditional Mooresville family pastime. For a flat fee, you can pick your own pumpkin off the vine, enjoy a hayride, and make a trip through the petting zoo at the end of the patch.

Enjoy a DIY sunflower photo shoot as Carrigan Farms offers their sunflower patch during the fall season while they are in full bloom. Reservations for the pumpkin patch are required. You should show up 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment if you want to take the hayride into the pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to bring some cash! Each ticket costs 10$, there is no ATM on sight, and the farm does not accept cards.

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Millstone Creek Orchards

506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd, Ramseur

Millstone Creek Orchards is located right outside Asheboro (home of the NC Zoo) and offers visitors a multitude of Fall activities. Every Saturday & Sunday in October, you can make a reservation for pumpkin picking. Check their website for updated costs. Ten thousand seeds have been planted for this season, so there’s sure to be a perfect pumpkin waiting for you on the vine.

While there, you can enjoy their apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, or buy their fresh apple cider by the half-gallon.

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Every weekend in October, they offer live music from local musicians and encourage you to bring a picnic and blanket/lawn chair to enjoy a day of music.

Purchase from their Apple Barn and choose from any one of their rotating apple varieties, including; Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Gold Rush, and Golden Delicious.

Granny’s Kitchen operates year-round and is where you can find all their sweet treats, including the apple cider donuts during fall.

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Kersey Valley Maize Adventure

1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale

When coming down to the Kersey Valley Maize Adventure, visitors can take a trip through the pumpkin patch and choose from a variety of sizes perfect for fall decor or jack-o-lanterns.

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure

Make sure to carve out time for their namesake, the Maize Adventure corn maze. Here, you’ll find some exciting activities, such as:

  • The Kersey Valley Express Train
  • Jumping pillows
  • Super Mega Ride ‘n Slide
  • John Deere Pedal Tractors
  • Cow train
  • Kiddie zip lines
  • Rock wall
  • Bungee trampolines
  • Treehouse Village
  • Dinosaur Discovery

There are five different quick food stops to choose from when visiting the Maize Adventure. The Fudge Shop, The Funnel Cake Shop, Snack Shack, Snow Drifts, and The Apple Cider Donut Shop (also serves delicious Caramel Apple Cider Sundaes).

If you are looking for something a little more filling, the TumbleWeeds Grub House & Watering Hole is there to satisfy your hunger. General admission tickets are $25 and provide access to all attractions, but pumpkins are sold separately.

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Riverbend Farm

12150 McManus Road, Midland

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Riverbend Farm in Cabarrus County recently celebrated 30 years as a pumpkin patch, and there are still plenty of plump pumpkins on the vine. Peruse through multiple fields to pick out the perfect gourd for you at this North Carolina pumpkin patch.

In previous years, admission to the farm was $6/person and included admission to multiple activities, including the farm-themed playground that they are known for. Stay tuned for the farm’s announcement of this years activities. Make sure to take advantage, as Riverbend Farm is only open through the month of October!

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Page Farms

6100 Mt Herman Rd, Raleigh

Page Farms is a great pumpkin patch in Raleigh, NC. They are open every Wednesday-Sunday during the fall for their pumpkin patch and corn maze. Admission is $12/person on the weekdays and $15 on the weekends and includes one pumpkin picked off the vine per paid admission.

Each admission also includes all farm activities, including the corn maze, hayrides, viewing farm animals, going down their hay slide, and more.

The farm is open during other seasons, so be sure to visit for strawberry and blueberry picking seasons!

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Hill Ridge Farms

703 Tarboro Rd, Youngsville

Hill Ridge Farms runs its Fall Pumpkin Festival throughout October every Wednesday-Sunday. No reservations or advanced purchasing of tickets are required.

$19.95/person will include covered wagon ride, farm park play and picnic areas, and a pumpkin. The super pass is $29.95/person and includes a train ride, covered wagon ride, carousel, duck race, gem mining bag, farm park play and picnic areas, and a pumpkin. If you’re planning on taking more than a few wagon rides, you can purchase unlimited farm visits for the year for $75.

They will have food vendors on-site serving items like hot cider donuts, homemade fudge, lemonade, ice cream, hot dogs, pretzels, and popcorn. Please bring cash for the food vendors.

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Smith’s Family Fun Farm

1715 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough

Fall on the Farm means pumpkin picking, a turn on the giant slide, and photos in the sunflower maze at Smith’s Family Fun Farm! There is no cost to enjoy the Hillsborough farm, but they ask that you purchase one or two pumpkins starting at $5.

Choose pumpkins for carving or others that are good for cooking, such as heirloom pumpkins.

Smith’s Family Farm is known for two very unique additions: the Forge and Sawmill, where you can learn to create your works of art or take in the amazing work done with metal and wood.

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Phillips Farm

6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary

Phillips Farm in Cary aims to please not only with their corn maze ($15/person) and haunted farm ($25/person) attractions but also their long list of attractions in their family fun park – and admission is included in any maze ticket! (If you plan to pay with a credit card, add $2 to each admission fee.)

Some of the fun activities included in admission include a rope maze, two huge bouncing pillows, Barnyard Baseball, a brand new “Mud Kitchen,” and so much more.

You can pick your pumpkin from the vine and feed pygmy goats and other barn animals for a small additional charge (pumpkins are based on size).

No outside food or beverages are allowed, but there are food trucks almost every Saturday and Sunday, and they offer kettle corn, hot apple cider, ice cream, snow cones, and other treats at the concessions.

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Naylor Family Farm and Corn Maze

6016 US-401, Fuquay-Varina

The Naylor Family Farm is one of the newer additions to the area but still packs a lot of fun into a day’s visit. The pumpkin patch offers one free pumpkin per paid admission and any additional pumpkin for only .75 cents/lb. They promise that $20 per person gets you in to enjoy 20+ attractions and leave with a free pumpkin. No gimmicks, confusing combos, or headaches.

The Farm pass includes a hayride through the patch, a visit with farm animals (plus more), and the option to add additional activities for a separate charge. Check their Facebook page for this year’s add-ons.

There is a snack bar with drinks on the farm, but visitors can bring outside food and set up picnics.

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Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina’s Mountains (Western)

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Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival

1332 NC Highway 16, West Jefferson

Looking for an awesome pumpkin patch in Western North Carolina? Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival should be on our Fall bucket list!

The pumpkin patch at the entrance of the Festival allows visitors to choose between an assortment of pumpkins and gourds. Then, take the family through the 4-acre corn maze, which can take 30 minutes to an hour.

There is more to explore throughout the festival property for all ages, ranging from live music on Saturdays to an array of bounce houses for children. Admission is $10/person.

Concessions, including drinks and snacks, are onsite, as well as other food vendors.

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Darnell Farms

2300 Governors Island Rd, Bryson City

Located along a riverbank in Bryson City, Darnell Farms is one of the best pumpkin patches in Western North Carolina! Family-owned, the backdrop for your pumpkin picking is absolutely stunning. Ride a tractor to the patch, and you’ll find a plethora of giant pumpkins.

Pumpkin Patches Darnell Farms

After picking out your pumpkin, enjoy live music, campfires, dole whip treats, and plenty of fun for the kids! Between hayrides, corn mazes, haunted mazes, and live music Darnell farms has tons of special events happening this year.

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Red Wolf Farm

1900 HW Farm Rd, Maiden

Red Wolf Farm is open for fall festivities during the weekends starting September 30 through October 29, and only open for those specific dates (check website) with $8/person admission.

Red Wolf is one of the best pumpkin patches near Charlotte, NC and makes sure to offer a large range of activities to have fun for both children and adults.

This North Carolina pumpkin patch is constantly adding activities to keep things exciting. Ride the hayride as many times as you look, or take part in a friendly competition of pumpkin bowling or pumpkin tic-tac-toe or checkers.

The Thirsty Wolf is their in-house concession, but there are also food vendors and the option to bring your picnic lunch.

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New River Corn Maze

556 Laurel Gap Ridge, Boone

New River Corn Maze sits on the historical Brown Family Farm along the beautiful New River in Boone (near the Blue Ridge Parkway). Stroll through the over one-mile corn maze, take a tram ride around the farm and take in the scenery, and pick between both edible and ornamental pumpkins.

Laster year, pumpkins were priced by size, while the corn maze and trams were $7/person each or $5/children. 2023 pricing hasn’t been announced yet, so check their Facebook page and back here for updates.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy at this pumpkin patch in Boone, NC.

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Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

170 Stepp Orchard Rd, Hendersonville

Pumpkins in NC

Stepp’s Orchard has been around for 50 years and offers 21 different varieties of apples to pick and is one of the best pumpkin patches in North Carolina’s mountains.

During fall, you can pick your pumpkin or participate in their corn maze adventure, shoot their apple cannon, or go on a wagon ride through the orchard. Make sure to try their apple cider donuts while you’re there!

Buy items from their Farmer Market or Apple House & Bakery and pack a picnic to enjoy under the covered picnic area.

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Justus Orchard

187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville

Justus Orchard is a 4th generation Hendersonville orchard bringing an assortment of u-pick fruits and pre-picked pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for decorating and carving.

U-pick apples are still happening through early November, and there are tons of fun activities to make your way through while visiting.

Revolving food vendors frequently visit the farm during the weekends, and there is a bakery on-site to buy goodies such as apple cider donuts and fried apple pies.

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Grandad’s Apples n’ Such

2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville

Another great pumpkin patch near Hendersonville (and Asheville) is Grandad’s, a 100-acre farm and orchard that provides tons of fun for people of all ages. Their weekend family fun activities are the apple cannon, cow train, and corn maze, priced separately.

Grand Dads Apples in Hendersonville

Grandad’s pumpkin patch offers pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns of all shapes and sizes, and Grandad’s Barn and Country Store is a must for all things fall and apple.

The store has fall decorations, apple peelers and bakers, and other apple gifts.
The onsite bakery has delicious treats like apple cider donuts, apple pies, cookies, hot cider, apple cider slushies, and other apple goodies.

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Ready for These Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina

Have you been to any of these pumpkin patches in North Carolina? Which ones do you love? Also, if there’s one you think we need to know about, please tell us in the comments section!

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More Things to Do (Beyond Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina)

1 thought on “18 of the Best Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina (Eastern, Central, and Western NC)”

  1. Howard’s Family Farm also have a great pumpkin patch. This family farm also grows strawberries, corn, tomatoes, and beautiful flowers you can purchase precut or you can cut your own. This farm is off Hwy 901 between Harmony and Union Grove.


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