Autumn has arrived with its chilly morning and changing leaves.
It’s a special time of the year in the Mountain State, especially since Halloween is right around the corner.
Several farms are now open to the public, offering a variety of corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkin patches.
These farms are a great way to bring a smile to any child’s face:
1. Okes Family Farms, Cool Ridge
Take a hayride, get lost in a corn maze, ride the tractor train, play in a corn box, crawl through a hay tunnel, have a rubber ducky race, climb a giant spiderweb and go down a 100-foot slide.
After a day of fall fun, grab a bite to eat because food vendors offer everything from turkey legs to homemade BBQ sandwiches. Take home some gourmet apples, pumpkin bread or pumpkin rolls.
Don’t forget to visit the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin!
Okes Family Farms is open for fall fun every Saturday (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 5:30 p.m.) through October.
2. Gritt’s Farm, Buffalo
Every fall, Gritt’s Farm opens its Fall Fun Farm so everyone can enjoy something special with family members and friends.
There is so much to see and do on this 300-acre farm. Take a hayride, fly down slide mountain, play in a hamster wheel, shoot an apple cannon, get lost in a maze. tour the farm and meet the farm animals.
You can even stay after dark and enjoy a movie on the big screen on movie night.
Concessions are available and all food is prepared with ingredients from the family farm or other local farmers. Sweets include homemade pumpkin spice ice cream and apple or spice donuts.
It is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Monday, while Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
3. Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Inwood
The legendary Glencoe Farm is family owned and operated. Their motto is “real farm fun” and they deliver in a big way.
It now offers family fun including a pumpkin patch, hayrides,a 5-acre corn maze, playground, petting zoo, kiddie korn kastle, zipline, corn table, tube slides and antique tractor display.
The perfect to place to purchase a pumpkin, gourds, winter squash, corn stalks and Indian corn.
Bring your flashlights to try out the night maze too.
General admission is $5, but 3 years and under are free. Hayrides are $3, but 3 years and under are also free.
4. Cooper Family Farms, Milton
This 700-acre farm has been operated by the Cooper family since the 1840s.
It’s been perfect weather to try any of the great family-fun activities, and that’s expected to continue into this month.
Fall fun includes the Field of Screams haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch, campfire, cow train, corn crawl crib, zipline and zombie paintball.
5. Byrnside Branch Farm, Union
Located near Lewisburg, this farm is open Saturday and Sundays until 10 p.m.
It offers a wide variety of autumn adventures. Get lost at the farm’s corn and hay bale mazes. Take a horse-drawn hay ride or a tractor-pulled hay ride. Take a tour, and see the farm’s animals. Your little ones will love the pony rides!
Be sure to visit the farm’s pumpkin patch where your next jack-o-lantern is waiting. This year there are so many big pumpkins that none cost more than $10, so check out this special deal.
6. Millers Nightmare Haunted Farm, Lewisburg
This year, Miller’s Nightmare Haunted Farm is holding a carnival-themed event. The farm will be filled with clowns and offer carnival games and food. These events are scary and aimed toward older children and adults.
The farm has a nightly bonfire, music and prizes. There will be a night wagon ride, or you can walk through the event if you dare!
This year’s events will be held on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31st.