Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides

Take a day trip to one of these fall fun destinations that are short drive from the Triad.


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It wouldn’t be fall without a hayride and a visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out the ultimate pumpkin for carving. There are many options within a short car ride from the Triad. Try your hand at navigating a corn maze, pet some barnyard animals and sample some apple cider for a trip your family won’t forget.


The Amazing Maize Maze at Historic Rural Hill Farm
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Sept. 10-Nov. 6, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $11 for ages 13 and up; $8 for ages 5-12. Hayrides are an additional $3 per person.
The Amazing Maize Maze offers all ages 7 acres of challenging fun.

Aw Shucks Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe
As seen on Animal Planet, the Aw Shucks Corn Maze is open Sept. 16-Nov. 13. Friday 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. In November, Fridays are only open by reservation.
Free for ages 3 and under; $8 plus tax for ages 4-12; $10 plus tax for ages 13 and older.
General admission includes the corn maze, hayrides, the animal barn, grain bin slide, 1800s train car, kids’ play area, paddle boat rides and more. Additional fees for food, the pumpkin marketplace, fossil mining, target shooting for kids, and Spooky Stories and S’mores.

Carrigan Farms
1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville
Pumpkin patch hayrides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and includes a pumpkin, visit to the petting zoo and fresh apple cider. Pumpkins and hayrides to the patch during October; fall harvest tours. The Scarrigan Farms haunted walking trail runs nightly on weekend evenings in October. $25 per person for ages 12 and older only.

Farmer Ganyard and Upchurch Farm
2521 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary
Open daily beginning Sept. 23. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Farm admission is $14 per person, ages 2 and up.
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, barnyard animals, giant haystack, short and tall cornfield mazes, hay maze, farm store, picnics, and parties. Each admission includes picking one free pumpkin from the patch. Pre-picked pumpkins can be purchased directly from the farm store without admission.

Gross Farms
1606 Pickett Road, Sanford
Sept. 17-Nov. 6
Friday 7-10 p.m. (October only); Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pumpkin patch, 15-acre corn maze, hayrides, John Deere tricycle track and picnic areas. General admission is $3 per person with additional fees for the playground, corn maze and hayrides. Combo tickets available for $16.

Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
919-556-1771, 800-358-4170
Sept. 10-Nov. 13
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. during October. Fall Festival general admission is $12 for ages 2-12 and $14 for 13 and older. Children 2 years and under admitted free.
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, corn maze, gemstone panning, fish feeding dock, kids’ playland, 80-foot giant slide and pony rides.

Hodges Farm
3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte
Open daily Sept. 24-Oct. 31. See website for hours. Hayrides and pony rides available on weekends.
Free parking and free admission for families and birthday parties. Free self-guided tours of the farm and animals, a hay mountain for jumping and climbing, hay maze, and light refreshments.
$5 per person for ages 4 and up for hayrides; 3 years and under, free. Pick-your-own pumpkins $5 and up, depending on size.

Iseley Farms
2960 Burch Bridge Road, Burlington
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Pumpkins, apples, gourds, corn, vegetables and mums. Call to schedule group hayrides during the week. Group hayrides are available every Saturday and Sunday in October. Call for reservations.

J. Razz & Tazz Farm
466 Peeden Drive, Gibsonville
336-697-2473, 336-698-0519
Corn Maze opens Sept. 24. Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 1-7 p.m.
Pumpkin patch — pick in the field or gathered, cow train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hayrides, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, and school tours. Haunted forest Friday and Saturday nights beginning Oct. 8.

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure
1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale
Open Saturdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. $12 includes corn maze, jumping pillows, tram train, cow train, kiddie zip, Tree House Village and Dinosaur Discovery. Children 3 and under free for general admission. Adventure passes available for $20. Parking $5.

Lazy O Farm
3583 Packing Plant Road, Smithfield
Daytime hours, by appointment only.
Maze Dayz Adventure Oct. 1-31. Groups of 10 or more $10 each. Includes Fairy Tale Trail, kid-friendly agriculture adventure maze, barnyard of animals, soil tunnel and diggin’ pit, pumpkin, hayride, and playground. Trick-or-treating in the Maze on Oct. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at $8 per person. Cash and check only.

Patterson Farm
10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla
Fall Fun on the Farm begins Sept. 24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday. $9.50 weekday admission; $14 weekend admission includes maze. Additional activities include hayrides, barnyard, Bee Barn, Barnyard Ball Zone, pony rides, pig races, pumpkin bowling, face painting, Pappaw Carl’s Playground and much more.

Riverbend Farm
12150 McManus Road, Midland
Oct. 1-31
Monday-Friday 3:30-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Bring the family to Riverbend Farm for a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch, a visit with the barnyard animals, a farm-themed playground, educational displays, goat walk and more.
$5.50 for ages 2 and older. Additional activities (for a small fee) include the Air Cannon (weekends only), the goat walk and ice cream at the ice cream parlor.

Tanglewood Park
4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
Enjoy a scenic tractor-driven hayride through Tanglewood Park with a stop at the Pumpkin Patch where everyone can choose a pumpkin. Schedule the whole wagon for just your group for $200, available any day during October. Or, you can reserve a seat on one of our pre-scheduled weekend rides and join other families at $9 per person. Cash or Check only.

These farms are throughout central North Carolina and are listed in alphabetical order. In addition, fees and hours are subject to change, so always call before visiting.


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