The South’s Best Pumpkin Patches

October 14, 2015 | By | Comments (5)
The Dallas Arboretum is ripe for the harvest, piling high pumpkins for Autumn at the Arboretum. Stroll through the Pumpkin Village, created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. dallasarbouretum.org

The Dallas Arboretum is ripe for the harvest, piling high pumpkins for Autumn at the Arboretum. Stroll through the Pumpkin Village, created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. dallasarbouretum.org

Pumpkins are practically synonymous with fall. While leaves are changing to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, pumpkins of all varieties—including Long Island Cheese, Cinderella, and Neon—are popping up in patches all around the South. Whether you like to carve them, toast the seeds, or bake them into a pie, we invite you to bundle up in your favorite scarf and go on an adventure to one of these stellar farms.

Here are five of the South’s best pumpkin patches.

The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch at Love Creek Orchards
Medina, Texas

Although this farm may be best known for being the first commercial apple orchard in Texas, it also hosts one of the top pumpkin patches in the state. Celebrating twenty years of farming, Baxter and Carol Adams open the Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in October. Admission includes old-fashioned family fun: unlimited hayrides, playing in the hay bale maze, a visit to the cider mill, painting a pumpkin, and a visit to the petting zoo. Little ones can take part in the Great Hill Country Symphony, where singing storytellers share instruments with the audience to help tell their stories. Bring your friendly pets and enjoy food, music, and a bountiful Texas harvest. Admission: $6 per person, children 2 and under free.

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peebles Farm
Augusta, Arkansas

You may have seen an aerial view of the incredible corn maze at Peebles Farm. Stretching across 20 acres, this hand-cut maze is only one of the perks included with admission. Owners Dallas and Katherine Peebles have the largest pumpkin patch in Arkansas. Pick pumpkins in a 10-acre patch, or go old school with u-pick cotton, spread across four acres. Admission includes entry to the corn maze, access to the cotton and sunflower patches, a visit to the barnyard, rubber duck races, and fun on the playground. Bring a flashlight on Friday and Saturday nights for some haunted maze fun. Admission: $8 per person, children 2 and under free. Hayrides $3 per person.

Parkhurst Ranch
Arcadia, Oklahoma

Enjoy the fresh country air off Historic Route 66 at the Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch. This family-owned patch is open Thursday through Sunday until the end of October. Pick out a pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, relax in the hammocks, or even buy s’mores from the concession stand and roast them at the fire pit. For an extra treat, tap into your inner cowgirl/cowboy with pony rides. While supplies last, get a free pumpkin with the price of admission. Admission: $8 per person, children 2 and under free. Pony rides $5 per person.

Burt’s Farm
Dawsonville, Georgia

If you’ve been reading Southern Living since the early eighties, you may have seen Burt’s Farm on the cover. Johnny and Kathy Burt began growing and selling pumpkins more than forty years ago from a stand in their front yard. Now, Burt’s Farm hosts around 60 acres of the gorgeous, well-loved fruits. Just as important as the patch, however, is the hayride. Pulled by a large tractor around two miles of farmland, the hayride passes through a covered bridge with singing pumpkins, drives by thousands of giant zinnias, and offers a glimpse of the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast – Amicalola Falls. Admission: free. Hay rides $5 for adults, $4 for kids, and free for children under 1.

Lucky Ladd Farms
Eagleville, Tennessee

Tennessee’s largest petting farm has geared up for autumn. This 7-year-old farm owned by Jason and Amy Ladd is a 60-acre property just south of Nashville and has more than 10 varieties of locally grown pumpkins to choose from. In addition, families can visit more than 100 friendly farm animals, play on nearly 20 acres of amusements at the Ag-venture Fun Park, twist through the 2015 Flower Power Corn Maze, and take a 20-minute wagon ride through Cedar Glade Forest. Lucky Ladd Farms is open through November 1. Admission: $13 for adults, $11 for kids under 12. Children 2 and under free.

Need ideas on how to use your pumpkins? Here are a few of our favorites:
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COMMENTS

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  2. James M. Head

    Due to an unfortunate incident involving Governor Nathan Deal at a political rally prior to his re-election, Burt’s Pumpkin patch is on my do not shop or stop list!

    November 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  3. Madya Panfilio

    Just beautiful and filled with inspiration and creativity. So needed in the world today!

    October 22, 2015 at 10:26 am
  4. Melinda

    Arkansas Frontier, in Quitman, AR, is a living history pumpkin patch. Their attractions include a dog trot cabin, one room school house, Indian village, miner’s sluice with mining for gemstones, hay ride, enchanted forest, pig races, and more…come check it out!

    October 21, 2015 at 2:10 am
  5. Clara Beller

    Wish. that we live close buy. To see if you can donate pumpkins to our food pantry Thank you

    October 15, 2015 at 10:47 am

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