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Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro, Raleigh NC
Fall Fun & Halloween Events Guide


Farms & Pumpkin Patches

Hill Ridge Farms, (A favorite Fall family tradition!),
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC 27596. 
(A little further afield; not far from Wake Forest, NC.)  
Directions to Hill Ridge Farms.
(919) 556-1771 or 1-800-358-4170.

Hill Ridge Farms 2014 Fall Season
September 13 - November 9, 2014
Daily: 9am - 6:30 pm
October Saturdays: 9am - 9pm

Click here for more Photos of Fun Activities at Hill Ridge Farms

The Hillridge Farm Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival is open 7 days a week, and features covered hay rides and pumpkin picking as well as pony rides, a moon bounce and music in addition to the farm's year-round fun.  Also explore a 3-acre corn maze and the Giant Slide!

Hill Ridge Farms offers a day of family fun for the whole family, including farm animal corral, barn, train rides, pony rides, gemstone panning, antique farm equipment, catfish feeding dock, covered hay rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides (on Saturdays and Sundays - separate tickets required for each pony ride) and much more! 

STROLLER-FRIENDLY and WHEEL-CHAIR ACCESSIBLE paved concrete sidewalks; full-service restrooms.

Choose General Admission or the Superpass for a full day of family fun on the farm!

General admission (children under 2 free) includes:

- One covered wagon hayride with
FREE PUMPKIN from Pumpkin Patch
- Unlimited Rides on the Giant 80' Slide,
- Farm Animal Corral
- Fish Feeding Dock
- Kids Playland
- 80' Giant Slide
- Picnic grounds
- Educational farm exhibits
- Enter the Giant pumpkin seed guessing contest 
- Lots of scheduled special events! 

Also visit the farm's old-fashioned country store for sweet treats, old-fashioned toys, gifts, pumpkins, and more.

The Hill Ridge Farms SUPERPASS is good every weekend during the Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival and includes:

- Everything listed above, PLUS
- Unlimited Train Tides
- One Gem Stone Panning Bag - kids and grown-ups have a great time sifting the contents of their gem stone panning bags into the running water sieve for beautiful treasures!

Pony Rides! Pony Rides will be available every weekend throughout the Festival (separate tickets required for pony rides).

Chuckwagon Grill will be selling Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fries and more right here on the Farm grounds during these special Harvest Festival Weekends. Have FUN all day at Hill Ridge Farms - open year-round - check Hill Ridge Farms website for days/hours!

Ganyard Hill Farm, now located at 319 Sherron Rd. in Durham. 
Opening for the Fall 2014 Season on Friday, September 26, 2014
Now accepting Field Trip Reservations for Sept 15 – Early November
(919) 596-8728

Fall 2014 Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 9am - 6pm;
Sundays 10am - 6pm

AMAZING PUMPKIN PATCH - a wonderful experience to pick your pumpkin directly from the vine! Farmer Ganyard works very hard to grow the pumpkins, cotton crops, corn crops and other crops so that children, families, and school classes can have this real farm experience in Durham, NC every fall at Ganyard Hill Farm. A REAL pumpkin patch, just like in the Charlie Brown Halloween show where Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arrive!

Located in Durham, NC convenient to the Research Triangle, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough/Orange County and Raleigh and Cary, NC.

Ganyard Hill Farm offers fun farm activities and pumpkin picking, as well as Elementary School Field Trips. Ganyard Hill Farms is a favorite annual Fall destination for local schools and families!  Ganyard Hill Farms has everything for Fall Fun: pumpkins, hayride tours of the farm with a complimentary pumpkin, cornfield mazes, giant haystack, a cotton field for cotton picking, farm animal feeding, hay maze, corn fields to pick, shuck and feed the animals, educational murals about bees, pumpkin plant life cycle, cows, chickens, a picnic area, and more (all included in the price of admission). A one of a kind place that offers a true farm experience!  Family groups are welcome to drop in and enjoy all the activities any time during open hours during the fall season. No reservations are needed. 
Check website for General Admission info (under 2 years FREE); (Special rates for School Field Trips.)
Directions to Ganyard Hill Farm in Durham.
(919) 596-8728.


McKee CornField Maze, McKee's Cedar Creek Farm, 5011 Kiger Rd., Rougemont, NC  27572 (near Hillsborough, @ 20-30 minutes from Chapel Hill).

Come Pick out your Pumpkins and make it a Fall Family Tradition at
McKee's Cedar Creek Farm!

Aerial view - McKee Corn Maze Design (previous year)

See more McKee Corn Maze images

Great Fun for the entire family in the country!  A favorite annual tradition for local families.  The 14 acre cornfield maze has 2 mazes to amuse young and old alike.  Also available:  mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, corn, straw, gourds, and other fall decorations.  Farm Animals, shady picnic area, wonderful children's play area, and ice cream!

Open for the Fall 2014 Season on
weekends beginning September 27, 2014
through November 2, 2014.
(The 2014 Haunted Trail and CornField Maze will occur on
October 24th, 25th, 31st and November 1st from dusk to 10pm).
Please visit the McKee CornField Maze website for more information.

McKee Corn Maze Admission (Children 2 and under, free.)

McKee Maze 2014 Hours of Operation

Cornfield Maze Hours
Friday 3-8pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 1pm-7pm

Haunted Trail and CornField Maze:
October 24th, 25th,
31st and Nov. 2nd
dusk to 10 pm

(919) 732-8065.

From Durham, take Guess Rd. approx. 10 miles to Hwy 57.  Turn left on Hwy 57.  Go approx. 2 miles.  Turn left on Kiger Rd.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.

From Raleigh/I-40:  Take I-40 to Hillsborough. Exit off of I-40 on Hillsborough Exit.  Turn right on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.  Cross over Hwy 70.  Go 0.5 miles.  Turn right on Hwy 57.  Travel 8 miles to Kiger Rd.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.

From Burlington/I-85:  Take I-85 to Hillsborough.  Exit off on Hillsborough Exit 164.  Turn left on Hwy 86 traveling through downtown Historic Hillsborough.  Cross over Hwy 70.  Go 0.5 miles.  Turn right on Hwy 57.  Travel 8 miles to Kiger Road.  Turn right on Kiger Road.  Go 1.5 miles on Kiger.  Turn right on drive.  Watch for signs.

Vollmer Farm (just East of Raleigh in Bunn, NC) 617 NC Hwy 98E, Bunn, NC 27508.  (See Directions below and on the website.)

Vollmer Farm is a favorite tradition for local families, and well worth the drive!  The Vollmer Farm is a Certified Organic Farm, and produces strawberries, blueberries,  vegetables, and pumpkins!

2014 Fall Hours of Operation
Weekends, September 20th
through November 2nd, 2014
Open EVERY Weekend in the Fall
Saturday: 11am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm

(Please check the Vollmer Farm website for updated info)

FUN for the whole family! The Great Pumpkin Jump at Vollmer Farm! 

Animated image courtesy of Vollmer Farm

The Great Pumpkin Jump is an amazing 40 foot x 70 foot in-ground jumping pillow that is a fabulous fun and fitness activity for ALL ages! . . . all our farm-hands, family and friends have been busy jumping. The other good news is this is the safest playground equipment in the world!  Jumping Pillows have been popular for years in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and have been gaining popularity in campgrounds and farms across North America. The Great Pumpkin Jump is the largest pillow in North Carolina; we hope you'll agree it's fabulous!!"  Also in the Back Forty are the Udder Run Barrel Train (the train cars look like cows!)  and Uncle Russell's Snack Shack. 

Vollmer Farm Back Forty Activities
(Admission to the Back Forty Includes:)

Hay Ride
2 Playgrounds

Great Pumpkin Jump
Puzzle Corn Maze

Udder Run Barrel Train
No Left Turn Rope Maze

Duck Races
Rat Racers

Tot Rocket Zip Line
Farm Animals

Windmill Mountain - 100 Foot Underground Slide

Corn Cube - Over 100 Bushels of Corn

During your visit to Vollmer Farm, visit Uncle Russell's Snack Shack, and Farmer John's Country Cafe and Farm Market for homemade sandwiches, soups, desserts and ice cream. Visit Vollmer Farms website for hours.

Directions to Vollmer Farm. (Directions:  Go 10 miles past Zebulon on 64.  Take the Middlesex/Spring hope Exit onto Hwy 98 and head north for 4 miles.  The farm is on the right.  This is 1 mile south of the intersection of Highway 39 and Hwy 98 just south of Bunn. For electronic mapping directions and GPS systems: Use the address 649 Main St., Bunn, NC which will take you to Food Lion in Bunn. Follow the green sign at the intersection and travel 2 miles east of Bunn. The farm will be on the left.
(919) 496-3076


More Halloween & Fall Fun for Kids and Families
in the NC Triangle - Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC area

Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh NC
arms & Pumpkin Patches

 Our Pumpkin Patch guide highlights pumpkin patches and farms that are family favorite outings in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh -Triangle, NC area. These beautiful, family-friendly, working farms are local treasures.  Have fun visiting a local pumpkin farm on a beautiful Fall Day!


See our Guide to Halloween Events at 
Local Museums, Zoos and Amusement Parks

  Check out our Guide to Family-Fun Local Halloween Events for lots of ideas for family fun on a beautiful Fall Day throughout the Fall season!  From Boo at the Zoo (at the NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC), Halloween festivities at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, to the Renaissance Festival (near Charlotte, NC) and Scarowinds at the Carowinds amusement park (for older kids and grown-ups), there are lots of fun things to do to celebrate Fall in the Triangle area, all within an easy drive from Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh!


October 2013
Fall & Halloween Events

Find fun events and festivals taking place throughout the month of October 2012, and find special family-friendly Halloween celebrations on and around October 31, 2012. 

Editor's highlight:  A visit to the Fearrington Carved Pumpkin display is a wonderful Halloween tradition!  Take a stroll at night through beautiful Fearington village and gardens, marvel at the intricately-carved pumpkins.  It's like a jack-o-lantern treasure hunt:  so much fun to discover the next jack-o-lantern along the path!  The pumpkins will be on display at Fearringon on Tuesday, October 30, 2013.

See our Fall & Halloween October 2013 calendar and our Local Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Guide (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham NC) for lots more great ideas for FALL 2013 WEEKEND FUN in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh, NC area!


Children's Halloween Costumes

See our Guide to Local Kids Halloween Costume resources in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh area.

Find beautiful high quality silk costumes for children!


Pictured above are just a few of the beautiful SILK Sarah's Silks costumes and dress-ups; come and see the entire Sarah's Silks line!

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