To the Pumpkin Patch

5 Farms for Fall Family Fun

Hipp Farms

Southern Fuquay-Varina

Drive Time

From Holly Springs: 25 minutes
From Fuquay-Varina: 15 minutes

Just south of Fuquay-Varina, you’ll find family-run Hipp Farms, boasting plenty of outdoor play and pumpkins to peruse. A ten-acre corn maze with trivia, hay maze, tricycle races, wagon ride, hay hoist and more are included in general admission. Other attractions are a la cart, like pony rides and duck races. New this year is a corn cannon that shoots up to 200 yards. On Saturdays in October, grab a flashlight and head into the after-dark corn maze. Season passes are available.

$10 General Admission

Located at the corner of Ballard Road and Hwy 401.
299 Ballard Road, Fuquay-Varina
(919) 669-5741

Huckleberry Trail Farm

Siler City

Drive Time

From Holly Springs: 40 minutes
From Fuquay-Varina: 50 minutes

Ever heard of ga-ga ball? Me neither. At Siler City’s Huckleberry Trail Farm, you’ll get the chance to experience it. The dodgeball-esque game is played in a log-built octagonal pit; the only one in the world, the owners say. Also enjoy jack o’lantern bowling, pumpkin checkers, vintage toys and corn hole. Wrapping up the festival season, the farm will host a flashlight mystery maze on Saturday, Oct. 26. Team up with friends to solve the ‘whodunnit’ mystery and make it out of the corn maze first.

$10 General Admission

143 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Siler City
(919) 432-4825

Naylor Family Farm

Southern Fuquay-Varina

Drive Time

From Holly Springs: 20 minutes
From Fuquay-Varina: 15 minutes

Foam ball air cannons. That phrase alone has me itching to head south to Naylor Family Farm’s 22 ft. farm tower fort, a twisty, turny labyrinth of four giant feed bins with the aforementioned air cannons to guard your battle flag. Not the battling sort? Gem mining, farm animals, a 28-acre hayride, and a life-sized pirate ship also await. Naylor Farms is open until Nov. 4, the latest date of all our farms.

$18 General Admission

6016 US 401 North, Fuquay-Varina
(910) 249-2258

Smith’s Nursery Fall Festival


Drive Time

From Holly Springs: 35 minutes
From Fuquay-Varina: 30 minutes

Johnston County’s Smith’s Nursery pulls out all the stops for it’s annual fall festival on Saturday, October 26. Live bluegrass music, pony rides, face painting and a bounce house entertain guests after a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Children can decorate their pumpkins onsite. Maple View Farm ice cream and seasonal produce are available for purchase along with plants from the nursery.

$5 General Admission

443 Sanders Road, Benson
(919) 934-1700

Vollmer Farm & Back 40 Playground


Drive Time

From Holly Springs: 55 minutes
From Fuquay-Varina: 60 minutes

Vollmer Farm’s main event is the Back 40 playground, a wonderland of harvest festival fun. There’s a 100 ft. underground slide, kayaking on the pond ($5 per person), hayrides, farm animals, a corn maze and more family-friendly attractions. On Saturday nights, outdoor movies are projected on the side of the barn; surrounding fire pits are perfect for roasting s’mores.

Play checkers outside of the on-site market, which offers organic produce, jams & jellies and gifts.

Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but are available for purchase, including Bennie B’s Food Truck and fresh baked pies in the farm’s own cafe.

$10.68 General Admission

677 NC Hwy 98 E, Bunn
(919) 496-3076

Farm owners Russ and Vanessa Vollmer recently announced a pay-it-forward restaurant in Bunn called Rustic Roots that will epitomize farm-to-table, with produce coming directly from the farm. The restaurant is under construction and an opening date is not yet set.

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