By Sue Rodman
Halloween will be here before you know it. Time to pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. Don’t just pick up a pumpkin on your weekly shopping trip, make it an event. Here are several pumpkin patches near Atlanta. If you’ve been to any of these, let us know what you think. If you have another favorite pumpkin patch near Atlanta, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list. For more Fall fun, try a Corn Maze Near Atlanta, Apple Picking Near Atlanta, Haunted Houses Near Atlanta or Ghost Tours.
What: Rock Ranch
Where: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga. (between Barnesville and Thomaston, south of Atlanta) | 706-647-6374
When: Saturdays Sept. 26 – November 7, 2015
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The Rock Ranch is not your average pumpkin patch. Its an adventure destination like none other. From a miniature locomotive train ride, to flying through the air on amazing ziplines, to exploring a complete miniature town just for kids. For something truly amazing, spend the night in one of their Conestoga Wagons and be ready for the Rock Ranch fall festivals. Each weekend is a different theme.
What: Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3565 Hwy, 155 N, Stockbridge, GA 30281 | 770-954-9356
When: Pumpkin Patch opens Oct. 1, 2015, Weekdays 4 – 7 pm, Weekends 10 – 6 pm
Here’s a post I did on the Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch. You can pick your pumpkins off the vine here, but call first to make sure they still have some on the vine. (sometimes pick your own pumpkin just means, choose from the array we have lying around, so if actually picking it off the vine is what you want, make sure before you go that the establishment you are visiting doesn’t just lay the pumpkins out.) In addition to pumpkins, enjoy a jumping pillow, petting zoo, Halloween hayride, crazy maze, bee house, puppet show, and a science center. New this year are the Bee House and Puppet Show.
What: Berry Patch Farms
Where: 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA | 770-926-0561
When: Weekends Oct. 3 – 25, 2015 10 – 7 pm
Weekdays Oct. 12 – 30, 2015, 3:30 – 7 pm
Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, get some apple cider, homemade pie and other fall treats. There is a playground and baby farm animals. There is a parking fee on the weekends.
What: Cagle’s Dairy Corn Maze
Where: 362 Stringer Rd., Hickory Flat, Ga. (near Canton) | 770- 345-5591
When: Sept. 4 – Nov. 15, 2015
I think of Cagle’s more for their farm tours and corn maze, but apparently they have pumpkins too. For an additional fee you can go an ag-venture farm tour, through the corn maze, bonfire hayride or through the haunted barn.
What: Uncle Shuck’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 4520 Highway 53 SE, Dawsonville, Ga. | 770-772-6223
When: Sept. 12 – Nov. 22 2015
September: Fri. 4 pm – 10 pm | Sat. 10 am – 10 pm | Sun. 10 am – 6 pm
October: Fri. & Sat. 10 am – 10 pm | Sun. – Thurs. 10 am – 6 pm
November: Fri. 4 pm – 10 pm | Sat. 10 am – 10 pm | Sun. 10 am – 6 pm
Uncle Shuck’s is known for their corn maze, but they also have pumpkins, and a towering goat walk, haunted maze, hayrides and bonfire fun.
What: Kinsey Family Farm
Where: 7170 Jot-em Down Rd., Gainesville | 770-887-6028
When: Mid-Sept – Oct. 31, 2015,
Mon. – Fri. 9– 5 pm, Sat. and Sun. 9 – 6 pm
A family owned farm in Gainesville. They offer traditional pumpkins, as well as several decorative varieties. There is a concession stand with drinks and snacks and a picnic area if you’d like to bring a picnic. In addition to hayrides, you can feed the animals in the animal pavilion. During the week, you can also feed the fish, but on weekends, the fish usually get full by 11 am.
What: Washington Farms
Where: 5671 Hog Mountain Rd. (Hwy 53), Watkinsville, GA | 706-769-0627
When: Sept. 26 – Nov. 1, 2015
Fri. 9 am – dark, Sat.10 am – dark, Sun., 1 – 6 pm
Nov. 6 & 7 are special flashlight nights from 6 – 11 pm
Activities include a cow train ride, pig races (might just go for this), hayride, corn cannon, tunnel slide, playscape, petting farm, pumpkin launcher, PVC slide, corn box and sand box, duck races, tricycle track, pedal carts, vortex tunnel and a jumping pillow. There’s a lot to do here and different times for different things, so check out the website for all the activities and times before heading out. The price includes unlimited time at all of the activities except the Pumpkin Sling Shot and the Corn Cannon where you can pay $1 for three shots. They also have a sunflower field where you can pick your own sunflowers, which are my favorite! There is no charge to visit the pumpkin patch or sunflower field, just pay for your pumpkins and flowers. This year Washington Farms is also accepting credit cards too.
What: Southern Belle Farms
Where: 1658 Turner Church Rd., McDonough, Ga. | 770-288-2582
When: Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, 2015, Sat. 10 – 9 pm and Sun. 1 – 6 pm, Fridays in Oct. Only from 4-9 pm
Southern Belle is a 200 acre working farm just outside Atlanta. Admission includes cornfield maze, hayride, cow train, corn cannon, jumping pillow, racing pedal carts, giant tunnel slide, kiddie korral, corn box, duck races, barnyard animals and goat walk, pig races at Oinker Stadium. They also have a cotton field where kids can try their hand at pickin’ cotton. The video below will give you an idea of what’s available. Be sure to join their Facebook page and the Country Club newsletter for coupons and festival information.
What: Burt’s Farm
Where: 5 Burt’s Farm Rd., Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 | 706-265-3701
When: Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, 2015, 9-6 pm
Pumpkins, sunflowers, and hayrides, plus a farm store.
What: Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Where: Stone Mountain Park, Ga.
When: Sept. 25 – Oct. 25, 2015
Friday and Sunday 10:30 – 5 pm.
Saturday 10:30 – 7 pm with a Lasershow at 8 pm
Stone Mountain’s Pumpkin Festival is more like a theme park where you get pumpkins rather than a pumpkin patch. However, it looked like a lot of fun, especially the Pumpkin Palooza which sounds an awful lot like the family game show we participated in at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando where they cover you in slime – which was a huge hit with my then tweens. For the younger ones there is dance party with Spookley the Square pumpkin.
What: Corn Dawgs Pumpkin Patch
Where: 955 Leone Ave., Loganville, Ga. (770) 786-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Sept. 18 – Nov. 1, 2015
Fri. 5 – 10 pm | Sat. 10 am – 10 pm | Sun. 10 am – 7 pm
Corn Dawgs has A LOT more than just pumpkins, so check out their website for details. They even have a rodeo Sept. 4 -5, 2015. The general admission price includes a corn maze, hay rides, horse swing, black mamba swings, cow train, petting zoo and about 20 other activities. There are a few activities that require additional tokens (tokens are $1 each) such as apple slingshot, bungees, corn cannon, gem mining, jumping pillow, bottle blaster, spider Mountain, ziplines and pony rides.
What: Pettit Creek Farms
Where: 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville, Ga. | 770-386-8688
When: Sept. 1 – Nov. 1, 2015
Weekdays after 2 pm, Weekends Sat. 10 – 6 pm, Sun. 11 – 5 pm
Farm admission includes corn maze, hay ride, petting zoo and moonwalks. Pony and camel rides, as well as the Euro-Bungy are available on weekends for an additional fee.
What: Scottsdale Farms Nursery
Where: Alpharetta, GA, | 770-777-5875
When: End of Sept. – End of Oct. Contact them for hours.
Typically Scottsdale Farms is open from the end of September through the end of October. On weekends they offer hayrides, a petting zoo and other child friendly educational events.
What: The Red Apple Barn
Where: 3379 Tails Creek Rd., Ellijay, Ga. | 706–635-5898
When: Oct. 1 – 31, 2015 | Mon. – Sat. 9 – 6 pm | Sun. 12:30 – 5:30
Pick your own pumpkin out of the field or pick one out of the pile of pumpkins. There are small, mid-size and big pumpkins planted, including traditional orange pumpkins, Cinderalla, ghost(white), and old timey pie pumpkins. The Pumpkin Patch is open 7 days a week. There is no charge to visit the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are priced according to type and size. While you are here, pick apples, or play corn hole, horseshoes, and have a picnic.
Pumpkin Patches Around Georgia
What: Old Freeman Family Pumpkin Patch
Where: 644 Scarboro Hwy., Cooperville, GA (Near Statesboro) | 912-682-0378
When: Oct. 3 – Nov. 1, 2015
Sat. 10 am – 8 pm | Sun. 1 – 6 pm
In addition to pumpkins, Old Freeman has a lot to do. There is a five acre corn maze, hay wagon rides, livestock barn where you can feed the animals, learn about farming by watching cane grinding and syrup boiling in the Syrup Shed, as well as view antique farm equipment demonstrations including peanut threshing and hay baling. If that’s not enough, they have a hipline that goes through 100-year-old pecan trees, an old fashion tire swing, corn crib, cotton jump and much more.