12 Atlanta Pumpkin Patches for Fall Farm Fun
It doesn't matter how hot it still may be in Atlanta —come September, it's pumpkin time! And though you can carve them, decorate them, pie them, seed them, and lots of other verbs, pumpkins are most fun when you're choosing them and taking them home. Visiting an Atlanta pumpkin patch is an entire experience —a way to greet fall, bond with friends and family, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the colors and splendor of a new season. Pumpkin patches near Atlanta offer, of course, a large selection of pumpkins, but other attractions like corn mazes, petting zoos, bounce houses will keep the kiddos entertained the whole day.
Fall is one of the best times in Atlanta to enjoy Mother Nature, watch the leaves change color, and share family time together. Once you've brought home those pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, learn how to carve them, bowl with them, or most deliciously, bake with them. If pumpkins aren't your thing, head outdoors for Atlanta apple picking, of which many orchards also have fun activities and attractions for kids.
Read on for our list of the best pumpkin patches near Atlanta, and get some more great seasonal tips by visiting our Fall guide.
Southern Belle Farms offers pumpkins and so much more. Photo courtesy of the farm
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 that officially opens tomorrow, September 18. 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 25 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, fruit slushies, and there's even the option of taking a helicopter ride (must check on availability in advance).
Sleepy Hollow Farms offers a huge list of kid-friendly attractions. Photo courtesy of the farm
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. In addition to gourds, Sleepy Hollow attractions include 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. Make sure to buy your tickets online.
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), a popcorn jumping pillow, corn maze, hayride, and haunted forest to roam through, this Buford Corn Maze has it all. Note: The haunted forest is appropriate for kids ages 10 and older; younger children can enter with a guardian.
5. Randy's Pumpkin Patch — Lawrenceville
With its amusement park atmosphere, it's easy to spend the day at Randy's Pumpkin Patch. 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. Though this seasonal staple was closed last year due to the pandemic, Randy's is scheduled to reopen for fall fun on September 24.
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.
Make your way through Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze. Photo courtesy of the farm
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 15-acre corn maze, corn canyon shooting, a jumping pad (in-ground trampoline), a towering goat walk, farm animals, wagon rides, and a haunted trail—all just a 45-minute drive northwest from Atlanta.
8. Pettit Creek Farms — Cartersville
Camels and pumpkins, who knew? Pettit Creek, located less than an hour from Atlanta, is a drive-thru animal farm January - August, then transforms from September until Halloween into Pumpkin Fest. While there are no pumpkins here for purchase, there are plenty around for photo-ops, as well as plenty of animals to see. Adding to the fall festival theme, you'll find a two-acre corn maze, pig races, scarecrow building, corn hole games, hayrides, a petting zoo, a newly added aerial course, and a canopy tour.
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, Harvest Celebration, kicks off in September, with pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, farm slides, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train, apple cannons, and concessions, and wraps up the first weekend in November..
Berry Patch Farms is a picturesque photo opp for parents! Photo by Melanie Preis
10. Berry Patch Farms — Woodstock
Located on the outskirts of Woodstock, this farm features a bevy of pumpkins of varying sizes, hayrides, playground, and a visit with baby farm animals in the barnyard. After picking the perfect pumpkin (say that three times!), guests are invited to purchase Berry Patch Farms' homemade apple cider, fried pies, boiled peanuts, and more.
11. Yule Forest Pumpkin Patch — Stockbridge
Unlike some Atlanta pumpkin patches, Yule Forest offers the chance for visitors to cut a fresh pumpkin straight from the vine with provided stem cutters (or grab one of the pre-cut ones). Besides the actual pumpkins, this Atlanta pumpkin patch offers a corn maze, hayrides, a pirate ship playground, puppet shows, farm animals, and much more. The fall fun starts on October 2!
12. Washington Farms - Bogart
Grab one of Washington Farms' wheelbarrows and peruse the field for the perfect pumpkins to take home. Need something more exciting than pumpkins? Washington Farms offers a cow train, corn maze, jump pad, wagon rides, duck races, zip lines, and so much more. There are additional attractions only offered on the weekend, so check the website before you go.
Know Before You Go to the Pumpkin Patch
- Make sure you call ahead or check social media 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, illness, and other 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 outside food.
- Bring cash or call to confirm the farm accepts credit or debit cards. Some farms are cash-only.
- Check about masks and other precautionary measures before you arrive at the pumpkin patch.