11 must-visit pumpkin patches in and around Charlotte

11 must-visit pumpkin patches in and around Charlotte

Wise Acres. Photo: Alivia McAtee/Axios

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It’s time to start visiting pumpkin patches around the Charlotte area to pick the best jack-o-lantern.

Hours change based on weather and day of the week at some locations, so double-check before heading out.

  • Many also offer hours and prices for schools and group trips during the week.

This guide has been updated to reflect the 2023 season.

Charlotte Knights Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, Oct. 7, Truist Field in Uptown is turning into a patch with thousands of pumpkins for sale. It’s also the ballpark’s first Mecklenburg Oktoberfest — expect German beers and brats, live music, farmers’ market vendors and more.

Location: Trust Field (324 S Mint St.)

Hours: 11am (until they sell out).

Price: $10 for small; $20 for large.

  • The event is free. All pumpkins are first come, first served.
  • A portion of each pumpkin purchase will benefit Charlotte Knights Charities Foundation.

Hall Family Farm

Spend an entire day at Hall Family Farm by roaming through the 7-acre corn maze, going pumpkin picking, hopping on the musical hayride and eating apple cider doughnuts by a bonfire.

Fall season 2023: Begins Friday, Sept. 22.

Location: 445 W Rebound Road, Lancaster, SC

Hours: Sunday 9am-6pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-10pm and Saturday 9am-10pm. Closed Sundays and most Mondays (check the full calendar here).

Cost: Admission is free, but some other costs include:

  • Pumpkins: 70 cents per pound.
  • Hayrides: $4.
  • Corn maze: $4 (small); $11 (large).

See a full list of activities here.

hall family farm pumpkins

hall family farm cider donut sundae

Don’t skip the apple cider doughnut sundaes. Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Hodges Family Farm

Located in east Charlotte, Hodges is a short drive for those looking to stay in the city. In addition to a pumpkin patch, visitors can expect hay bales for climbing, barn animals, photo ops, picnic areas, hayrides (for a fee) and treats like kettle corn and funnel cakes available for purchase.

Fall season 2023: Saturday, Sept. 23 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Of note: Hayrides are only available Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: 3780 Rocky River Road

Hours: 9am-5:30pm, 7 days a week.

Cost: Admission is free, but parking is $5 per car on Saturday and Sunday.

Bush-N-Vine Farm

About an hour outside Charlotte, Bush-N-Vine Farm has a cafe with a menu ranging from apple cider donuts and ice cream to hot dogs and quesadillas. You’ll also find U-pick pumpkins and a one-mile walking trail.

Fall season 2023: Saturday, Sept. 23 – Tuesday, October 31.

Location: 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm; Saturday 8am-5pm.

Cost: Pumpkins under five pounds are for $1.15 per pound, and pumpkins over five pounds are 69 cents per pound.

Bush-N-Vine Farm Pumpkin

Photo courtesy of Bush-N-Vine Farm

Carrigan Farms

This Mooresville family farm has U-pick pumpkins by day, and transforms into a haunted attraction called Scarrigan Farms by night. Apple cider donuts and apple cider slushies are available from the food truck Saturday-Sunday.

Fall season 2023: Starts Saturday, Sept. 30.

Location: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC

Hours: 10am-3pm, seven days a week.

Cost: Reservations are required for $15 per person ($5 online deposit; $10 at the door). Price includes a pumpkin from the patch.

Bonus: Each trip to the pumpkin patch includes a hayride to the petting zoo and pumpkin field, per the farm.

carrigan farms pumpkin patch in mooresville

Photo: Courtesy of Carrigan Farms

Cherry Place Farm

Cherry Place Farm’s October festival allows visitors to go on self-guided tours of the farm, which has a two-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm animals, kids’ activities and free popcorn.

Fall season 2023: Runs every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Location: 1922 Oakdale Road, Rock Hill, SC

Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1-6pm.

Cost: Admission is $10 per person and free for children under two. All activities (e.g., hayrides, corn maze, and animal petting) are included.

  • Carving-size pumpkins are $9.
cherry place farm

Photo: Courtesy of Cherry Place Farm

Millstone Creek Orchards

The orchard is known for its “Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventure,” an experience focused on pumpkin picking and education that includes access to the patch, a four-ounce apple cider slushie, pumpkin seed tasting, an apple cider demonstration, a hayride through the orchard and a $3 credit towards a pumpkin.

Fall season 2023: Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventures begin Saturday, Sept. 30 and run every weekend in October.

Location: 506 Parks Crossroads Church Road, Ramseur, NC

Hours: The Pumpkin Pickin’ Adventure is held only on Saturdays and Sundays, but the farm is open seven days a week.

  • Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 1-5:30pm.

Cost: The adventure is $17.95 per person; free for kids 2 and under.

millstone creek orchard

Photo courtesy of Millstone Creek Orchard

Patterson Farm

In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, Patterson Farm has a corn maze, a playground, a corn pit and other kid-friendly fall attractions.

Fall season 2023: Saturday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Nov. 3.

Location: 10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, NC

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1-6pm.

Cost: Admission to the patch is free, and pumpkins are priced by the pound.

  • Rates vary for other fall farm activities — find the pricing here.

Shelby Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Admission to the farm includes pumpkin picking, an 8-acre corn maze and more than 40 (!) attractions. There’s also a haunted corn maze after dark on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fall season 2023: Saturday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 29.

Location: 120 Broadway Dr., Shelby, NC

Hours: Fridays 4-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 2-8pm.

  • The patch closes at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October.

Cost: Admission is $15 and includes the corn maze, a hayride to the pumpkin patch plus four activity tickets.  Pumpkins are priced by size.

  • Get a haunted maze pass for $15 or a farm and haunted maze pass for $22.
  • Buy tickets here.

Wise Acres

What could be better than eating pizza and picking a pumpkin on a sunny fall day? Wise Acres also has a corn pit, wagon rides, a corn maze, zip lines, playgrounds and a barrel train.

Fall season 2023: Saturday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 5.

  • Reservations are required — make them here.

Location: 4701 Hartis Road, Indian Trail, NC

Hours: Times vary. The farm is open Thursday-Sunday, with pizza available Friday-Sunday.

Cost: Admission is $3 per person (without pizza) or $29 for two pizzas, plus $3 per person admission.

  • Pumpkins are priced per pound, and other actives cost extra.
wise acres pumpkin patch pizza and slushies in indian trail

Photo: Alivia McAtee/Axios

Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm

Thirty minutes from Uptown, the family-owned Dallas farm celebrates fall with a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, wagon rides, chick feeding, plus 100 varieties of pumpkins and an array of treats in its market.

Fall season 2023: Starts Saturday, Sept. 9.

Location: 906 Dallas Stanley Highway, Dallas, NC

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6:30pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday noon-6pm.

Cost: Admission is free. Heirloom pumpkins are 75 cents per pound. Carving pumpkins are 99 cents per pound.

  • Wagon rides are $7 (includes a pumpkin, gourd or squash from the patch). They’ll run only on weekends in September and every day in October.
  • There’s also a free kids area, including tire mountains, a sandbox, slides, swings and more.

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