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North Carolina Pumpkin Patches

Find farms for pumpkin picking near Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem on our list of North Carolina pumpkin patches.  Most open the middle of September and run throughout October. Many have festival events, kids activities, hayrides, corn mazes, food concessions, games, and more.  At night several have haunted Halloween activities.

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Charlotte

Carrigan Farms – Mooresville, NC.  A 130 acre fifth generation family owned farm run by Doug and Kelly Carrigan. Take a tractor-drawn hayride to pick your own pumpkin on weekends this fall.  They have Apple Pickin’ tours conducted in September and Pumpkin Pickin’ Tours in October.  They feature lots of school tours and host wedding onsite.  Enjoy the haunted trail of “Scarrigan Farms” on select October nights as well.  The address is 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115.  It is about 32 miles north of downtown Charlotte.

Hodges Farm - Charlotte, NC.  A 180+ acre farm in Mecklenburg County northeast of Charlotte. They have a 10 acre u-pick pumpkin field as well as corn maze, hayrides, farm animals and pony rides (weekends).  They are open everyday in October for pumpkins.
Location: 3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte NC 28215.  It is 9 miles east of downtown Charlotte.

Riverbend Farm – Midland, NC.  It features 20 acres of pumpkins.  Pick your own or enjoy the wagon ride, air cannons, 10 foot Holstein Cow, 4 large slides, and playground.  They are open afternoons daily in October plus longer weekend hours.  The address is 12150 McManus Road, Midland, NC 28107.  It is about 22 miles east of Charlotte.

Aw Shucks! – Monroe, NC.  Aw Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open from the middle of September until about November 15th.  Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and choose your own pumpkin from the field. They also have a corn maze, animal barn, children’s play area and haunted trail.  It is located at 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28112.  This is about 30 miles southeast of Charlotte.

Devine Farms - Newton, NC.  The 133 acre farm is open weekends in October.  They feature a corn maze, pumpkins, food, music, kids maze, and contests.  The address is 2675 St. James Church Rd., Newton, NC 28658.  It is located 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Red Wolf Farm – Maiden, NC.  A 54 acre family farm open weekends in October.  They feature pick your own pumpkins, farm animals, trails, face painting, blacksmith and pirate ship.  The address is 1797 Water Plant Road, Maiden, NC.  It is about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Shelby Corn Maze – Shelby, NC.  Pick your own pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze, ride the cow train with hayrides, apple launcher, shooting gallery, and more.  The open around September 19th.  They are located at 120 Broadway Dr., Shelby, NC 28152.  It is about 53 miles west of Charlotte.

Johnny Wilson Farm  – Granite Falls, NC.  The farm features a 3 acre corn maze, apple orchard, tram ride, bounce house, farm animals and of course a pumpkin patch.  The address is 2547 Dry Ponds Rd., Granite Falls, NC.  It is about 68 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Perry’s Berry’s - Morganton, NC.  A pick your own farm for berries and pumpkins.  They are open for pumpkins all of October.  They also have a hay maze, play town, rabbits, chickens, hayride and more.  The address is 1136 Browning View Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.  It is located about 80 miles northwest of Charlotte.

Blue Mountain Farms  - Glade Valley, NC.  A family farm growing Christmas trees has been growing pumpkins also for 10 years.  They open the last weekend in September and it runs weekends throughout October.  Also new is their corn maze.  The address is 1038 Woodruff Road, Glade Valley, NC.  It is about 95 miles north of Charlotte.

Winston-Salem

Riverside Family Farm - Mount Airy, NC.  Establish family farm in 1987, it features a corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, an annual Field of Fun an Adventure, hayrides, and more.  At night they also have a haunted maze and haunted hayride.   The farm opens Labor Day weekend.   The address is 2638 Riverside Dr., Mt. Airy, NC 27030.  It is about 39 mile north of Winston-Salem.

Maize Adventure – High Point, NC.  They may be one of the best farm parks in the country.  It has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip line, rodeo, a midway of shops and food concessions, cow train, duck races, and pumpkin house.  They host parties, weddings, and corporate events also.  The address is 1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point, NC 27263.  It is about 27 miles southeast of Winston-Salem.

Raleigh

Ganyard Hill Farm – Durham, NC.  The farm opens September 25 for their pick your own pumpkins and corn maze fun.  It features a hayride, hay maze, cotton field, forest trail, and barnyard animals.  The address is 319 Sherron Rd., Durham, NC 27703.  It is about 22 miles north of Raleigh.

Clayton Fear Farms Daytime – Clayton, NC.  This is a Boyette Family Farms attraction.  They have their in their field pumpkins, corn maze, picnic shelter, and playground.  They are open weekends in October.  At night they open their haunted scream park most nights in October.  The address is 1620 Loop Road, Clayton, NC.  It is about 17 miles southeast of Raleigh.

Smith’s Nursery – Benson, NC.  This is a family owned nursery with spring, summer, and fall activities.  In the fall they feature picky your own pumpkins, hayrides, hiking trails, fishing, and garden center.  The address is 443 Sanders Road, Benson, NC 27504.  It is located 20 miles south of Raleigh.

Gross Farms – Sanford, NC.  The Gross family has owned and farmed this land for over five generations. In the fall, they host farm visitors for a 15 acre corn maze, pumpkin picking, hayrides and other fall fun.  The address is 1632 Pickett Road, Sanford, NC 27332.  It is 51 miles southwest of Raleigh.

Hill Ridge Farms – Youngsville, NC.  Take a hayride to the patch of pumpkins, visit with the farm animals, go for a train ride and try your hand at gem stone panning. Giant slide and kid’s playland also available. They feature farm fun starting in April.  They are open every day this fall.  Their fall harvest festival will start the middle of September this year.  It is located at 703 Tarboro Rd, Youngsville, NC 27596.  It is 24 miles northeast of Raleigh.

The Vollmer Farm - The address is 677 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn, NC 27508.

Jacksonville

Mike’s Farm – Beulaville, NC.  They feature hayrides, pick your own pumpkins, fall activities, Christmas events, parties, a banquet and wedding barn, gift shop, bakery, restaurant and so much more.  The address is 1600 Haw Branch Road, Beulaville, NC.  It is about 16 miles west of Jacksonville, NC.

Ashville

Sky Top Orchard - Flat Rock, NC.  Start pumpkin picking in late September.  They feature u-pick apples starting August 1st.  They have 22 varieties of apples, plus apple cider, donuts, and more.  The address is 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Road, Zirconia, NC.  It is about 34 miles south of Ashville.

Harvest Farm – Valle Crucis, NC.  Ride the hayride, pick your own pumpkins and have fun in the corn maze.  The farm opens September 19th and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October.  The address s 3287 NC 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691.  It is about 85 miles northeast of Ashville.

New River Corn Maze – Boone, NC.  It features both a 5 acre corn maze and wonderful pumpkin patch.  It is open weekends from Labor Day weekend through Halloween.  The address is Laurel Gap Ridge Road, Boone, NC.  It is about 85 miles northeast of Ashville.

Pumpkin History

Pumpkins were first grown in the New World.  They were originally grown by Native American farmers in combination with other crops along river banks. The squash and pumpkins were first grown along with sunflowers and beans. Then they were grown with maize (corn) and beans. The “Three Sisters,” as they are known, aid each other in growth. The squash prevents weeds and preserves moisture in the ground. The corn serves as a trellis for the beans to grow, and their growth helps to stabilize the corn in the wind. The pumpkins looked different than the ones which are turned into jack-o-lanterns today.  How about some Jack-o-Lantern History.

The word pumpkin, despite the American origin of the plant, has greek origins. In Greek, Pepon means large melon. As the word and squash gained use in France, England and America, the word pumpkin emerge.

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Fun Facts About Halloween Pumpkins 

Before Columbus, pumpkins were not a native fruit in Europe.  Jack O’Lanterns were carved from turnips or gourds.  Pumpkins were native to Central America for over 5000 years before being brought back to Europe by the French explorer Jacques Cartier.  Pumpkins are a fruit and really a member of the squash family which includes melons, cucumbers, gourds and more.  The Irish are credited with bringing pumpkin carving to America.  Pumpkin flowers and seeds are edible.  It generally takes 80-120 days for a pumpkin to go from seed to grown fruit.  Most pumpkins in the United States are ripened and used in October.  Funtober has more information on pumpkins here.

Circleville Pumpkin Show “The Greatest Free Show On Earth”

The small town of Circleville, Ohio is located just south of Columbus.  It has a population of 12,000 which has over 400,000 visitors to their annual downtown pumpkin festival.  This year the Circleville Pumpkin Show runs October 21st – 24th, 2015.  The four day event features seven different pumpkin parades with 50 bands and 40 floats.  There are over 300 food and craft vendors with 30 plus amusement carnival rides.  Expect to find lots of band music, stage acts, pageants, pumpkin pie eating, and even hog calling contests.  This is one spectacular event that started back in 1903. 

Image of pumpkins in front of barn on North Carolina farm.

North Carolina Pumpkin Farms. Image www.flickr.com {jim brickett}

This list unfortunately isn’t complete. We are still looking for more in North Carolina to add.

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