10 Pumpkin Patches Near Atlanta for Fall Farm Fun
Venture past the local grocer to pick your pumpkin from these super fun Atlanta pumpkin patches! It's worth the day trip, we promise. These local farms are filled with more than just pumpkin patches but also hayrides, corn canyon shooting (how is this a thing?), petting zoos, pony rides, and more fall activities for kids.
Some of these farms even have a photographer on staff providing fall photos with the perfect backdrop for your recent switch to the fall wardrobe. So can we get a "cheers" for fall and these cooler Atlanta days that allow families to spend outside (read: no humidity) while comfortably socially distancing in a sweater and over-the-knee boots while sipping a warm pumpkin spice infused beverage? Just me?
Southern Belle Farm has pumpkins and so much more. Photo courtesy of the farm
Read on for our top 10 list of the best pumpkin patches in Atlanta.
1. Southern Belle Farms — McDonough
You had us at "Pig Racing," Southern Belle Farms! It's just one of the 20 or so activities aside from pumpkin picking at this 330-acre working farm in McDonough, Georgia. Families can spend the day getting lost in the corn maze, taking a cow train ride, shooting a corn canyon, enjoying a rubber duck race, visiting barnyard animals, racing pedal carts, and more.
2. Mitcham Farms — Oxford
Colonel Cob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch open for the season on September 26 at this working farm less than an hour drive from Atlanta. The pumpkin patch is but one of many kid-friendly attractions, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a mechanical bull ride, s'mores kits, and there's even the option of taking a helicopter ride (must check on availability in advance).
3. Sleepy Hollow Farms — Powder Springs
There are no headless horsemen here—at least not that we're aware of! But there are plenty of pumpkins from which to choose at this pumpkin patch near Atlanta, as well as tractor rides around the farm, a corn maze to get lost in, kids games throughout the farm playground, an "Escape Woods" game adventure, farm animals, and a country store. Per the farm's 2020 guidelines, tickets must be purchased in advance.
4. Buford Corn Maze — Buford
This fall favorite is a staple for families with a pumpkin patch full of gourds and pumpkins, farm animal viewing, a "corn box" for kids to dive in (think sandbox filled with dried corn) an in-ground trampoline, corn maze, hayride, and haunted forest to roam through (as if we needed another impetus to scare us these days), this Buford farm has it all.
5. Randy's Pumpkin Patch — Lawrenceville
With its amusement park atmosphere, it's easy to spend the day at Randy's Pumpkin Patch—and even bring the kids if you like! In addition to a plethora of pumpkins, there's a trackless train, a petting zoo, giant slide, inflatable haunted house, pony rides, bounce houses, and concession stands with funnel cakes. It's just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.
Pumpkins and foliage make a trip to Burt's Farm a perfect family trip. Photo courtesy of the farm
6. Burt's Farm — Dawsonville
This full working farm in the mountains of North Georgia is less than an hour drive from Atlanta. Pumpkin season opened on September 1 for plenty of pumpkin patch fun. Burt's also offers hayrides that travel 2 miles around the pumpkin patch with a visit to the farm's "famous" pumpkins, Autumn and Gordy. Passengers can catch a glimpse of Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
7. Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze — Dawsonville
If there ever was a "fall wonderland," this Georgia farm would come pretty darn close. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, corn canyon shooting, a jumping pad (in-ground trampoline), a towering goat walk, farm animals to be pet, wagon rides, and a haunted trail—all just a 45-min drive northwest from Atlanta.
8. Pettit Creek Farms — Cartersville
Camels and pumpkins, who knew? This drive-thru animal safari located less than an hour from Atlanta features a Pumpkin Fest that runs from late September through November 1. While there are no pumpkins here for purchase, there are plenty around for photo-ops. There are also plenty of animals to see, including giraffes, camels, goats, and more. Adding to the fall festival theme, you'll find a 2-acre corn maze, pig races, scarecrow building, corn hole games, hayrides, a petting zoo, a newly added aerial course, and a canopy tour (these activities need to be booked in advance.
9. Jaemor Farms — Alto
Jaemor is a full agriculture-focused farm a little over an hour's drive northeast of Atlanta. Aside from pumpkins, the farm harvests and sells a smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables, including peaches, plums, blackberries, tomatoes, nectarines, and more. The pumpkin patch extravaganza kicks off in October with pumpkins, hayrides, farm slides, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train, duck races, apple cannons, and concessions.
10. Berry Patch Farms — Woodstock
Located on the outskirts of the quaint town Woodstock, this farm features a bevy of pumpkins of varying sizes, hayrides, and a visit with baby farm animals in the barnyard. After picking the perfect pumpkin (say that three times!), guests are invited to sample the farm's homemade apple cider, fried pies, boiled peanuts, and more.
Know Before You Go to the Pumpkin Patch
Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, pumpkin availability, and attractions. Don't leave it up to what you read on the venue's website. Many farms and orchards are small, family-run establishments that can close unexpectedly due to weather, staffing, and more reasons.
Leave your pets at home. Most farms don't allow them.
If you're thinking of packing a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.
Bring cash or call to confirm the farm accepts credit or debit cards. Some farms are cash-only.