Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Raleigh, N.C.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4pm by Kristen Baughman Taber
Fall is quickly approaching, and we’ve rounded up some of the best classic autumn activities in the Raleigh area. From pumpkin patches to haunted mazes, there’s an activity for everyone in the family to have a little fun in the crisp fall air!
Get lost in a sea of corn as you take on Ken's Korny Corn Maze, a fall tradition for more than 15 years in the town of Garner. Navigating the nearly 2.5-miles of twists and turns through the six-foot-tall corn stalks typically takes between 60 and 75 minutes to complete. For a handful of nights during Halloween season (Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, 30 and 31 in 2018), the maze turns into Harvested Farm Nightmares, where you'll be chased by spooky spirits, brain-eating zombies and escaped convicts—seriously, here's what you're up against!
Beginning in late Sept. or early Oct., bring the whole family to pick your own pumpkin at DJ’s Berry Patch in Apex! This small N.C. farm is committed to providing the freshest and finest produce for every season. Not only do they have pumpkins to pick but also beautiful fall mums. If you’re running short on time and can’t pick your own pumpkin, stop by the stand at DJ’s to shop a variety of pre-picked decorative pumpkins and gourds as well as Indian corn, sweet potatoes, apples and much more.
The Family Farm on Avent Ferry in Holly Springs has been in the same family for six generations! In 2012 they made it public for the fall and Christmas seasons so they could share their family traditions with you and your family. Bring the whole crew out this fall to find the perfect carving pumpkin—a variety of specialty pumpkins and gourds, as well as corn stalks and hay bales, are on hand to help decorate your home for the season. With the farm’s beautiful backdrop, it’s a great place for family pictures—bring the camera and take pictures on their vintage John Deere for a memory that will last a lifetime.
Hipp Farms is a family-run farm in Fuquay-Varina with a goal of raising awareness about the importance farming has had on our past and will have in the future. This farm currently grows tobacco, cotton, soybeans and peanuts. And during the fall season, their 10-acre corn maze is a hit! Find your way through the various twists and turns while having fun with trivia along the way. Hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides (Sat. and Sun. only), a bounce house and other activities make for a full day of family fun.
The Naylor Family Farm in Fuquay-Varina has all of your fall fun needs covered! With an emphasis on providing a safe, clean and entertaining place for all, the farm is perfect for the whole family. Start with a hayride on a tractor-pulled wagon before picking out your own pumpkin in their pumpkin patch, followed by a visit to the petting zoo. Afterwards, it’s off to the races as you wander through the 10-acre corn maze. At night you can conquer the maze by flashlight, and a group campfire awaits (for an additional fee) as the perfect way to cap an autumn evening—bring your own S'mores!
Page Farms brings you fresh fruits and vegetables all year long. Pumpkin season begins Sept. 22 in 2018, so plan your visit to pick a pumpkin fresh off the vine. After you’ve found the perfect pumpkin, see the farm animals or go on a hayride around the farm! On the weekends, you’ll find food trucks like The Humble Pig and BBQ Proper out on the farm as well as professional face and pumpkin painter Valerie Cameron.
Cary's Phillips Farm has been serving the area for more than 100 years! Plan your trip out for a fun (or ghoulish!) fall night with the family-friendly corn maze and haunted farm. Need a little scare to get you into the Halloween spirit? Visit the Field of Lost Souls, House of Gore, Rebellion Trail and more for a fright! Both the maze and the haunted farm will open in late Sept. and will operate through Oct.