It is officially Fall.  We say, bring on the sweater weather! If you are looking for some quintessential fall activities this weekend, look no further. You can carve pumpkins, pick apples, and find your way through a corn maze just minutes from Charlotte. Here are some of our favorites.  


Wise Acres

Located in Indian Trail and open Thursday – Sunday with 2-hour reservation slots, you can take a wagon ride through the woods, walk through the sun hemp maze, participate in a wooded fall scavenger hunt, meet the farm’s animals, including goats and pigs, and enjoy time in the pumpkin patch. Plus, you will be treated to wood-fired, made-to-order Wise Pie pizza with your weekend reservation.


Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill 

Open through December in York, South Carolina, Windy Hill is “home of everything apples”.  Pick your own apples, visit the hard cider bar, and sample their beloved apple cider donuts. Also, be sure to check out the event calendar when making your weekend reservation for their live music schedule.


Aw Shucks Farms 

With hayrides, pumpkin bowling, nightly bonfires with smores, and an animal barn with goats, sheep, pigs, and miniature horses, the whole family will love Aw Shucks Farm. This year, the corn maze is even bigger with 3 mazes in 1. Navigate the corn maze over to the new indoor pallet maze complete with music and lights, enter the fence maze, then jump back to the corn maze to make it to the exit. At the back of the property, you will also find the 13th Acre, a haunted trail attraction open on Friday and Saturday nights throughout October. No reservations are needed. 


Patterson Farm

Located in Mount Ulla, Patterson Farm is a kid’s paradise. Playgrounds, corn pits, puppet shows, pony rides and rubber duck races are just the beginning. There is also a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and, new for 2020, drive-in movies. Be sure to check out the event schedule and purchase your tickets in advance.  


Carrigan Farms 

Go pumpkin picking just north of Charlotte in Mooresville. This is the real deal where you can pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. Trips to the pumpkin patch include a stop at the petting zoo so plan on about an hour-long visit. Looking for a fright? Don’t miss Scarrigan Farms on select nights in October, when the farm is transformed in a scary haunted trail for ages 12 and up.


Historic Rural Hill

With one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast, you won’t want to miss your chance to get lost in seven acres of corn in Huntersville. New for 2020, the Historic Rural Hill phone app encourages even more gameplay while you are on the farm. Collect your map pieces, fill in your crossword puzzle, and figure out the word scramble to complete the ultimate challenge. Advance ticket purchases are required for both day and night visits to the Amazing Maize Maze.


We will see you on the farm! Also, be sure to share your favorite fall activities with us in the comments below.  



Cover Photo: Patterson Farm