How to Get the Most Out of Fall in NC’s Three Regions

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

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By Claire Mainprize

September 18, 2023

Hayrides, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and cider mills to put the awesome in your NC autumn.

Whether you love the spookiness of this season or are more into fright-free fun, there’s so much to do this autumn in North Carolina. 

This curated list of activities covers eight counties broken down by region and includes everything from haunted hayrides and tricky corn mazes to apple cider slushies and pumpkin tetherball. So pick a few places near you and get ready for your most fun fall yet. 

Eastern NC

Robeson County

Hollow Acres, Fairmont

October 6-31

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Hollow Acres “The Field of Misfits” via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Haunted attractions
  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Outdoor theater and more

Edgecombe County

Fisher Pumpkin Farm, Rocky Mount

Fall activities: 

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Exhibits
  • Hayrides
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Corn mazes
  • Farm animals and more

Wilson County

Deans Farm Market, Wilson

Oct 7-29

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Deans Farm Market NC via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Seasonal decor
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkins
  • Gem mining
  • Corn maze
  • Playground
  • Corn pit and more

Cumberland County

Gallberry Corn Maze, Hope Mills

September 22-October 29

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Gallberry Corn Maze via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Corn maze
  • Flashlight nights
  • Hayrides
  • Hay mountain
  • Barrel train rides
  • Photo ops
  • Tube slide
  • Pumpkin bowling and more

Dogwood Fall Festival, Fayetteville

October 20-22

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Fayetteville Dogwood Festival via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Downtown hayrides
  • Historic hauntings
  • Kid zone
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Car, Motorcycle, & Truck Show
  • Food trucks and more

Central NC

Wake County

Phillips Farms, Cary

September 29-October 29

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Phillips Farms via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Hayrides
  • Corn maze
  • Giant slide
  • Pumpkin tetherball
  • Apple cannon
  • Petting zoo
  • Corn box and more

Naylor Family Farm, Fuquay-Varina

September 2-November 26

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Naylor Family Farm & Maze via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Hayrides
  • Flashlight nights
  • Barrel train
  • Campfires and more

Page Farms, Raleigh

September 23-October 31

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Page Farms via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Cow train
  • Hayrides
  • Farm animals and more

The Family Farm on Avent Ferry, Holly Springs

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of The Family Farm on Avent Ferry via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Pumpkins
  • Fall decor
  • Photo ops
  • Farm animals and more

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze, Garner

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Ken’s Korny Corn Maze via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Corn maze
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkins
  • Rope maze
  • Mini-golf and more

Crossroads Corn Maze, Wendell

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Crossroads Corn Maze via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • Corn maze
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin patch
  • S’mores and more

Randolph County

Millstone Creek Orchards, Ramseur

September 16-October 29

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchards via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • BOGO apple peck sale
  • Apple bobbing
  • Pumpkin pickin’ adventure
  • Pumpkin patch photography rental
  • Cow cuddles by the pond
  • Hayrides
  • Apple cider doughnut eating contest
  • Live music every weekend
  • Barn quilt painting class and more

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure & Spookywoods, Archdale

September 23-October 29

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Kersey Valley Maize Adventure via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Corn maze
  • Train
  • Jumping pillows
  • Cow train
  • Treehouse village
  • Pumpkins
  • Haunted attractions
  • Corn mazes and more

Guilford County

Blueberry Thrill Farm, Gibsonville

September 16-Sold out

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Blueberry Thrill Farm via Instagram

Fall activities: 

  • U-pick apples
  • U-pick pumpkins
  • Pre-picked fruit & flowers and more

J. Razz & Tazz Farm Fall Fun, Gibsonville

Starting September 23

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of J. Razz and Tazz Farm via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkins
  • Cow train
  • Bonfires
  • Haystack mountain
  • Hayrides and more

Western NC

Burke County

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill, Morganton

August 12-December 23

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill via Facebook

Fall activities: 

  • U-Pick apples
  • Doughnuts
  • Apple cider
  • Apple cider jelly
  • Apple cider slushies
  • Fall decor and more

Jackson County

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, Cashiers

Oct. 6-8

Fall activities: 

  • Live music
  • Local artisans
  • Food trucks
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry

Watauga County

Buskers Fest, Boone

Oct. 6

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boone, North Carolina via Instagram

Fall Activities:

  • Live music
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Dancing
  • Beer and Food

Buncombe County

LEAF Festival, Black Mountain

Oct. 19-22

How to Get the Most Out of Fall in North Carolina’s Three Regions

Photo courtesy of LEAF Global Arts via Facebook

Fall Activities:

  • Global arts
  • Live music
  • Camping
  • Local artisans
  • Handcrafted goods
  • Family-friendly “adventure villages”

Author

  • Claire Mainprize

    Claire Mainprize is a writer and editor who covers the intersections of pop culture, lifestyle, and spirituality. Find more of her work at ClaireMainprize.com.

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