Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s truly feeling like fall around these parts. Western North Carolina is the best place in the world during this time of year. With apple orchards galore, corn mazes aplenty and stunning fall colors in every tree, there’s nowhere else I would rather be. This blog post offers you information about many of the apple orchards, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall festivals in WNC for fall 2015. Please comment and let me know if I have forgotten anything, and I will add it to the list. Have fun!
Address: WNC Ag Center 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732
Dates: September 11-September 20, 2015
Hours: See below:
Saturday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at midnight
1st Sunday: Gates open at 9:00am; Rides open at 10:00am, close at 11:00 pm
2nd Sunday: Closing night; Rides, buildings, and all exhibits close at 9:00 p.m.
Monday –Thurs: Gates open at 3:00pm; Rides open at 4:00pm, close at 11:00 pm
Friday Night Frenzy: Sept. 5 & Sept. 12 9:00pm till 1:00 am
Address: 187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville, NC, 28792
Dates: Mid-August through early December
Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm daily
Cost: Various prices depending on size of pumpkin or amount of apples
Summary: U-pick apples, blueberries and pumpkins. Fun for all ages with traditional fall activities.
Address: 2951 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville, NC, 28792
Dates: August through early November
Hours: 9 am-5 pm daily
Cost: Various costs depending on what you buy
Summary: Enjoy a 70 acre family farm with a 5 acre corn maze, cow train rides, apples, pumpkins, family photo stations, goats, and more.
Address: 3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC, 28731
Dates: August 1-December 1, 2015
Hours: 9 am-6 pm daily
Cost: various costs depending on what you buy
Summary: Panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, ‘barnyard’ area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and more, a bamboo forest to explore, picnic areas and, of course, a mountaintop of fragrant apple and fruit trees, pumpkins, and festive atmosphere.
Address: 1136 Browning View Rd., Morganton, NC, 28655
Dates: September 26-October 31, 2015
Hours: Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 11-6 pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Cost: $6/person, 2 and under are free
Summary: Hay rides, farm animals, playground, corn hole, hay maze, pumpkins, and fall crafts.
Address: Campus of Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
Dates: October 3, 2015
Hours: Held throughout the day in conjunction with MHU Homecoming and the Mars Hill Heritage Festival
Cost: General admission is $10
Summary: The Lunsford Festival is the second oldest folk festival in the region. It celebrates traditional Appalachian music and dance in a fall atmosphere. See the website for specific bluegrass bands and cloggers.
Address: 2 Compton Dr., Asheville, NC, 28806.
Dates: September 16-October 31, 2015
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday (9 am-3 pm), Friday (9 am-8 pm), Saturday (10 am-8 pm), Sunday (10 am-6 pm) Closed Monday and Tuesday
Cost: $10 for adults 12 and over, $7 for children ages 4-11, $8 for senior citizens (65 and over), children 3 and under are free, specialized rates for groups of 20 or more. If your group has 20 or more, email email@example.com or call (828) 254-5356 ext. 300.
Summary: 12 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, storybook trails, spider web climb, corn box, giant tube slides, and more. All proceeds go to Eliada Children’s Home.
Address: 57 Sugar Hollow Rd., Fairview, NC, 28730
Dates: September and October (apple picking & fall activities in Sept./pumpkin patch & fall activities in Oct.)
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9-6, Sunday 12-6
Cost: $7/person, 2 and under free, $1 off weekdays
Summary: Corn maze, farm animals, culvert slides, pumpkin patch, apple picking, hay rides/kiddie cart, horse rides, and more. Tickets for hay rides and horse rides can be purchased at the general admission area.
Address: 75 Gashes Creek Rd.
Dates: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hours: 10 am-5 pm
Cost: Adults ($10.95/Asheville City residents $7.95), youth ($6.95/Asheville City residents $5.95), seniors ($9.95/Asheville City residents $6.95), 2 and under are free. ‘Friends of the Nature Center’ are free.
Summary: This is the 39th year of this fun-filled family event. Games, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, educational animal programs, live music, local food vendors, clogging teams, and a wide variety of exciting wildlife. Raffle with the opportunity to win great prizes.
Address: 4168 Pisgah Dr., Canton, NC 28716
Dates: September 19-end of October
Hours: September hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm-9 pm/October hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 pm-9 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm-9pm
Cost: $8/person, 3 and under free
Summary: Corn maze, mini-mazes, haunted mazes, pumpkin patch, corn box, camp fires, hay rides ($2). Check or cash only.
Address: 566 South Haywood St., Waynesville, NC, 28786
Dates: Starts toward the end of September and runs through the entire fall season (until all pumpkins are sold)
Hours: Someone is typically there to sell from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Cost: $.50 on up (depending on the size of the pumpkin
Summary: This pumpkin patch, located in downtown Waynesville, is a fun event for the entire town. 3,000 pumpkins were delivered for the 13th year of this small town event.
Address: 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC, 28713
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sundays October 3-31, 2015
Hours: Departs Fridays at 3:30, departs Saturdays at 12 pm and 3:30, departs Sundays at 12 pm and 3:30
Cost: Coach Class or Open Air Gondola: Adult tickets are $55, $31 for children (ages 2-12) and infants ride complimentary in Coach Class seating. Crown Class: Adult tickets are $67, $38 for children (ages 2-12) and $10 for infants.
Canton First Baptist Fall Festival
Address: Canton Armory, 58 Park St., Canton, NC, 28716
Dates: October 18, 2015
Hours: 4-7:00 pm
Cost: Free event
Summary: Food, games, cake walk, hay rides, inflatables, crafts and all-around fall fun.
Address: 133 Old Clyde Rd, Waynesville, NC, 28785
Dates: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hours: 4 pm-7 pm
Cost: Admission is one bag of individually wrapped candy and one canned food item per family member
Summary: Come join folks of all ages for trunk or treating, hay rides, alpaca petting, a s’more station, games, food trucks, and more.
Address: Cradle of Forestry, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Dates: October 23 & 24, 2015
Hours: Call the Cradle of Forestry for showtimes: (828)-877-3130
Cost: $3 for ages 5-15 and $6 for 16 and up
Summary: An outdoor drama that is sounds a little spooky, fun for a Halloween event. The audience walks the trail from scene to scene and hears the haunted story of Tommy Hodges, a student who disappeared from the Biltmore Forest School on Halloween night in 1906…
Address: Downtown Franklin, NC
Dates: October 24, 2015
Cost: No admittance cost. Food and vendors obviously charge for their items, but it sounds like many activities are free.
Summary: The 19th annual Pumpkinfest with traditional fall fun with hayrides, trick-or-treating, costume parade and contest, a “world-famous pumpkin roll”, free games and inflatables, pumpkin pie eating contest, roving street performers, great food and more.
North Canton Elementary Fall Festival
Address: 60 Thompson St., Canton, NC, 28716
Dates: October 30, 2015
Hours: 5-8:00 pm
Cost: $5 for wristband for bouncies. Games are $1
Summary:Trunk-or-treat, fun fall activities, bouncey houses, games, face painting. All proceeds benefit North Canton’s PTA.
Comment and let me know any that I have missed so I can update the list. Happy fall!