Last Updated on January 20, 2023
Last Updated on January 20, 2023
When spring has sprung and people start venturing out to enjoy warmer weather, strawberry picking in North Carolina is one of the best things to do, especially with kids. Not only can you do U-pick, but many of these strawberry farms in NC also offer ice cream and other fun activities.
Fun fact: North Carolina is the third-largest producer of strawberries in the United States!
Thanks to our abundance of local farms, there’s a huge list of great places to pick some strawberries! Before we get into them, we also want to share the best times to go and some other tips for strawberry picking in North Carolina.
In case you’re looking for something specific, here’s how we’ve organized this guide (Categories in Bold followed by Sub-categories):
- When to Pick Strawberries in North Carolina
- Strawberry Picking Tips
- Where to Pick Strawberries in North Carolina (Farms)
- Strawberry Picking in Western NC
- Strawberry Picking in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad
- Strawberry Picking in North Carolina’s Research Triangle
- Strawberry Picking in Eastern NC
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When to Pick Strawberries in North Carolina
Strawberry season in North Carolina is typically from mid-April until the end of May, but every year is dependent on weather and how quickly the strawberries are picked!
Before heading to a farm to pick strawberries, it’s always a good idea to check their website and social media to see if hours have changed.
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Strawberry Picking in North Carolina Tips
Many farms offer carts/baskets for picking at an additional cost, but feel free to bring your own basket!
If you want the sweetest berries, try to plan your picking for sunny days. Berries ripen in the sun: if it has rained the previous day, your berries likely won’t taste as juicy and delicious.
Strawberries can also go bad quickly. When you bring them home, be sure to wash them only before you intend to eat them. Washing strawberries and then storing them may cause them to break down faster.
Where to Pick Strawberries in North Carolina (25+ Great Farms to Visit)
Within each section, we’ve alphabetically organized each of these strawberry farms in NC. They are categorized by location, including the following:
- Western NC
- The Piedmont Triad (near Greensboro and Winston-Salem)
- The Research Triangle (near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill)
- Eastern NC
You can also visually plan a visit with our map created via Google Maps.
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Strawberry Picking in North Carolina (Western)
New Castle Farm
2812 Clingman Rd, Ronda
New Castle Farm is south of Elkin and east of Wilkesboro in the Yadkin Valley, which is better known for grapes and wine. This working farm also has a pumpkin patch that kicks off in the fall and a CSA that runs throughout the year.
Obermiller’s Strawberry Farm
621 Allstar Ln, Hendersonville
Every Summer, Obermiller’s Strawberry Farm in Henderson County opens its fields up to visitors for strawberry picking in North Carolina. Located in Hendersonville, picking the perfect strawberry is a family tradition.
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Strawberry Picking in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad
6374 N, NC Hwy 150, Lexington
1145 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville
Also looking for a Halloween attraction? Carrigan Farms turns into “Scarrigan Farms” during the Halloween season!
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Hedgecock Strawberry Farm
3011 Abbotts Creek Church Rd, Kernersville
Growing strawberries for more than 20 years, Hedgecock Strawberry Farm is both conveniently located and known for its friendly staff. Pick the sweetest strawberries right off the bush at Hedgcock’s!
Ingram’s Family Farm
6121 Riverdale Dr, High Point
Ingram Farm in High Point invites all ages to come and pick strawberries by the bucket. You can also purchase them by gallon or half-gallon in their country store.
They also welcome birthday parties, as well as other special things such as “greeting a goat,” visiting their dessert barn, and group tours.
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Jones Strawberry Farm
G5590 Seward Rd, Pfafftown
Located outside Winston-Salem in Pfafftown, Jones Strawberry Farm is a well-loved farm offering strawberry picking in North Carolina’s Camel City. Known for their sweet berries and large strawberry patch- you must go picking at Jones’s!
May’s Strawberries & Produce
6810 McLeansville Rd, Browns Summit
May’s Strawberries & Produce in Browns Summit (Guilford County) lets you pick more than just strawberries. Pick your own tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more throughout the year!
10390 Caldwell Rd, Mount Ulla
Patterson Farm in Mount Ulla (Rowan County) has fun activities for every season! During strawberry season, you can pick your own for $7/baskey or $20/4-quart basket.
They also feature a market selling poinsettias, an ice cream shoppe, and other farm-fresh goodies.
4021 Hicone Road, Greensboro
Fun fact: this farm has been managed by the same family for 4 generations and started as a tobacco farm before planting their first strawberry crops in the early 2000s.
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Strawberry Picking in North Carolina’s Research Triangle
2700 Holland Rd, Apex
Buckwheat Farm in Apex offers strawberry picking with 1 quart containers and 4 quart containers. Check their website for 2023 prices. They host groups, field trips, and company picnics. While there, check out their many jams and jellies for sale.
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Double R Strawberry Patch
701 Ollie Ln, Hillsborough
Double R in Hillsborough offers a strawberry patch, as well as their own pastured beef and pork. Strawberry picking makes for a great family fun activity and they encourage visitors to capture the memories made while there.
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DJ’s Berry Patch
1223 Salem Church Rd, Apex
Take a trip to DJ’s Berry Patch in Apex to pick delicious ripe strawberries and purchase homemade goods such as ice cream, preserves, and salad dressing.
DJ’s cultivates two varieties of strawberries: the Sweet Charlie and Camarosa. Whether you’re here as a family or for an educational group tour through daycare or school, be sure to try both varieties!
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Eno River Farm
2127 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough
Eno River Farm in Hillsborough is our favorite nearby place to go strawberry picking in North Carolina! The facilities on the farm are brand new, and the fields are really easy to access.
To make things even sweeter–they have the best fresh-made ice cream in the Triangle!
Hunt’s Strawberry Farm
4505 Watkins Rd, Raleigh
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1544 Munns Rd, Creedmoor
Lyon Farms in Creedmoor (Granville County) offers pick-your-own strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and peaches. When they are not in season, buy a $20 produce box from one of their popup locations.
And don’t forget to try one (or more) of their jams and jellies!
Pace Family Farms
12701 Buffalo Rd, Clayton
Pace Family Farms in Clayton has pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries available in quarts, baskets, and buckets. In the fall months, connect with the community by enjoying Friday movie nights on the farm, and keep an eye out for their Christmas Craft Fair in early December!
6100 Mt. Herman Rd, Raleigh
Page Farms in Raleigh is open for strawberry picking in the spring, blackberry picking in the summer, and a pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall. They also welcome field trips and birthday parties.
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Pope’s Strawberry Farm
1305 Fayetteville St, Knightdale
Pope’s Strawberry Farm in Knightdale lets you pick your own strawberries for $15/gallon. They also offer a large variety of fresh produce like squash, turnips, collard greens, and more.
7615 Ten-Ten Rd, Raleigh
3525 NC-42, Willow Spring
Go strawberry picking at Porter Farms at either their Raleigh or Willow Spring location, where you can pick and pay for strawberries by the quart, 4-quart buckets, and 8-quart flats.
Want to try before you buy? You can eat as many strawberries as you can while picking them in the fields!
When visiting the Willow Spring location, be sure to try their homemade ice cream, available in 16 different flavors.
Waller Family Farm
5030 Kerley Rd, Durham
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Strawberry Picking in North Carolina (Eastern)
The Berry Patch
351 Cargo Rd, Ellerbe
Head to The Berry Patch in Ellerbe (Richmond County) to pick some strawberries or try some of their other homegrown produce. They also offer homemade ice cream for a family treat!
Carol Sue Farms
19874 Hwy 17, Hampstead
Hampstead is a growing town in Pender County, largely known as the “Seafood Capital of the Carolinas.” Carol Sue Farms is one of the best places to visit in Hampstead, but they offer delicious U-pick strawberries instead of tasty seafood.
Check them out for blueberry season, too, as Carol Sue Farms is a heavyweight in North Carolina’s premier growing region.
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2488 NC-403, Faison
Gillis Hill Road Produce
2899 Gillis Hill Rd, Fayetteville
1600 Haw Branch Rd, Beulaville
Pick your own strawberries and buy some pre-picked from Mike’s Farm in Beulaville. During the strawberry’s off-season, enjoy fall and winter activities such as a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and Christmas lights.
While you’re there, make sure to check out their country store and incredible restaurant!
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Strawberries on 903
4064 NC 903 South, Winterville
Pick through the three acres of strawberry fields at Strawberries on 903 in Winterville near Greenville. After picking, browse through their other offerings of produce, farm-fresh eggs, flowers, and more.
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Ready to Go Strawberry Picking North Carolina Now?
We’re so ready to go strawberry picking and hope you are, too! If you’ve been out to some of these awesome farms, we’d love to know about your experiences.
As always, you’re welcome to share your photo proof in our Facebook Group! In case this is your first time strawberry picking in North Carolina, we’d love to know which of these places you’ll be visiting first!