Last Updated on October 16, 2021
Last Updated on October 16, 2021
If you plan to visit Western NC, please check beforehand to see if the area is safe following the recent flooding. Officials have closed some sections of Pisgah National Forest (including Forest Heritage Scenic Byway and Blue Ridge Parkway stops) to keep visitors out of danger. Please respect signage and local guidance.
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!
Tips for Visiting Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina
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 possibly 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)
10276 N, US-421, Clinton
Hubb’s Farm in Sampson County is 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!
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 is $15 and includes free pumpkin pie, a wagon ride, an obstacle course, a corn maze! More activities are available for an additional $5 and those including 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)
1261 Oakridge Farm Highway, Mooresville
Carrigan Farms’ pumpkin patch has been around since 1975 and continues to be a traditional family pastime. For $12/person you pick your own pumpkin off of the vine and get to make a trip through the petting zoo at the end of the patch.
Carrigan Farms offers “Scarrigan Farms” Haunted Trails on select nights in October. The 200+ acres are turned into a haunting best suited for ages 12+.
Enjoy a DIY sunflower photoshoot as Carrigan Farms offers their sunflower patch during the fall season while they are in full bloom. Reservations are required and shoots cost $15/person.
Millstone Creek Orchards
506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd, Ramseur
Millstone Creek Orchards is located right outside Asheboro and offers visitors a multitude of Fall activities. Every Saturday & Sunday in October you can make a reservation for pumpkin picking at $15.95/person.
While there, you can enjoy their apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, or buy their fresh apple cider by the half-gallon.
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.
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
- Pedal carts
- Cow train
- Kiddie zip lines
- Rock wall
- Bungee trampolines
- Treehouse village
- Dinosaur adventure
There are four different food stops to choose from when visiting the Maize Adventure. The Fudge Shop, Kettle Korn Shop, Snack Shack, 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.
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12150 McManus Road, Midland
Riverbend Farm in Cabarrus County is celebrating 29 years as a pumpkin patch this year! Peruse through multiple fields to pick out the perfect pumpkin or gourd for you at this North Carolina pumpkin patch.
Admission to the farm is $5.50/person and includes admission to multiple activities, including the farm-themed playground that they are known for. Make sure to take advantage as Riverbend Farm is only open through the month of October!
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6100 Mt Herman Rd, Raleigh
Each admission also includes all farm activities, including the corn maze, hayrides, viewing farm animals, going down their hay slide, and more.
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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.
$15/person will include: hayride, hay jump, jumping pillow, giant mountain slide, colorful maze, jump pad, corn house, all areas of the park, and of course a free pumpkin. If you want to add even more fun, there are additional activities for an additional charge.
There are currently no onsite food vendors, but you are more than welcome to bring outside food!
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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 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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6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary
Phillips Farm aims to please not only their corn maze ($15/person) and haunted farm ($25/person) attractions but also their long list of attractions in their family fun park.
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 extras for only .75 cents/lb.
The Farm pass is $20/person and includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a visit with farm animals (plus more), and the option to add additional activities for a separate charge.
There is a snack bar with drinks on the farm, but visitors can bring outside food and set up picnics.
Pumpkin Patches in North Carolina’s Mountains (Western)
Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival
1332 NC Highway 16, West Jefferson
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 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.
Red Wolf Farm
1900 HW Farm Rd, Maiden
Red Wolf Farm is open for fall festivities during the weekends in October, and only open for those specific dates (check website) with $6/person admission. Red Wolf 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. 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.
Pumpkins are priced by size, while the corn maze and trams are $7/person each or $5/children.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the farm grounds.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
170 Stepp Orchard Rd, Hendersonville
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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187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville
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.
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 that you think we need to know about, please kindly tell us about it in the comments section!