Fall has officially arrived! And as the autumn decorations are beginning to pop up, so is one of our favorite fall activities — strolling through festive pumpkin patches. If you’re looking to get into the seasonal spirit, here’s a round-up of pumpkin patches and fall festivals that are perfect for a crisp fall adventure.
9 Pumpkin Patches to Check Out This Fall
Bottom View Farm
185 Wilkerson Ln, Portland, TN 37148 • (615) 325-7017
Hours through October 31: Daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the “World’s Longest Rolled-Hay Maze” at Bottom View Farm‘s annual October Fall Fest! Pick your perfect pumpkin out of the pumpkin patch and take a hayride to “Grandma’s house,” where guests can see how blackberries and peaches grow and how meat has been preserved for hundreds of years. General admission is $10, and student admission is $7, with discounts on weekdays for students and teachers. Don’t leave until you check out all of Bottom View’s new activities, including slides, a jumping pillow, pedal tractors, a gold mine, live animals and refreshments. Top the day off with their ice cream parlor and leave with your sweet tooth satisfied!
2900 Old Nashville Hwy, McMinnville, TN 37110 • (931) 939-3960
Hours through November 1: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday through Wednesday
Picking your pumpkin without having to walk? Yes, please! Cedarwood Farm offers a hay wagon that takes guests around the 100-acre farm so they can pick their own perfect pumpkins. The farm also offers a multitude of activities like pumpkin train rides, super slides, a hay maze and corn maze, petting zoos, a tire city complete with tire swings, weekend bonfires and much more. The fun doesn’t end there! Stop by the Country Store for fall-themed gifts, or grab a corndog, chicken strips, homemade desserts and more at the Country Kitchen. Tickets for adult entry are $13, and $11 for children 3 and older. All sales are cash or check only.
1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 356-8000
Hours through November 1: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Separate ticket required to access Cheekwood from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Chihuly Nights; Closed Monday.
Whether you’re taking a stroll alone or with friends and family, Cheekwood Harvest is the perfect spot. The peaceful grounds offer all things fall with their famous Mum Explosion, consisting of over 5,000 chrysanthemums, scarecrows, a pumpkin patch and the iconic pumpkin house. Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for students with ID, $17 for seniors, $12 for ages 3-17, and free for children 2 and under. Ticket prices increase by $5 to include mansion with indoor Chihuly. Parking is $5 on top of the initial ticket price. Please note that Cheekwood will be closing at 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Chihuly Nights. All guests will be asked to leave the property at that time, and separate ticket purchase is required to enter Chihuly Nights. Make sure to check the calendar when you go because Cheekwood often has special events like food trucks, beer gardens, and workshops in addition to their popular fall events. Visit Cafe 29, in the Cheekwood courtyard, for fresh coffee and a picnic to-go option at the pick-up window.
Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at Fiddle Dee Farms
7526 Swift Rd, Greenbrier, TN 37073 • (615) 669-6293
Hours through November 7: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.; Closed Monday through Friday.
Shuckles at Fiddle Dee Farms is way more than just a pumpkin patch. It is filled with endless activities at every corner — pumpkin picking and decorating, hayrides, a super slide, jumping pillows, paintball, bonfires and corn mazes! Stop by The Butterstick Bakery for baked goods and pumpkin coffee. If you’re craving something savory, The Fiddler’s Stop has everything from chili cheese dogs to Mexican corn dip. The cost is $12.76 for visitors ages 3 and older, and $11.85 for seniors.
1974 New Hwy 96 W, Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 794-4368
Hours through October 31: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Monday through Wednesday.
If you’re from Tennessee or have lived here for even a minute, you’ve likely heard of Gentry’s Farm. This seventh-generation family farm has been in operation for more than 165 years! Located in Franklin, the farm has become a long-standing fall tradition for families from all over Tennessee. Visitors can take a stroll through the pre-picked pumpkin selection. Admission is free, as is parking, but general admission is required for their famous activity area. Due to COVID-19, pre-purchased tickets will be required for the activity area. Cost is $8.25 and includes a four-acre cornfield maze, a wooden tractor playground, hands-on activity barn, mini-maze, inside maze, and farm animals.
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
6057, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Rd, Springfield, TN 37172 • (615) 382-7593
Hours through November 1: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.; Open to public on select Mondays through Thursdays, see dates and times for further details.
A city boy with a country dream, Farmer Jeff had no idea that the farm he raised his family on would turn into a place where other families would gather as well. In 2003, Jeff had his first fall festival for church friends and neighbors, but quickly realized it could turn it into something much bigger. Now run by Jeff, his daughter, his son and 150 of the best farmhands in Middle Tennessee, Honeysuckle Hill has become one of the most famous pumpkin patches in Tennessee. There are three spots for delicious country foods and sweets at KK’s Sweet Shop, Back Forty Snack Shack and Corn Maze Concessions. For weekdays, admission is $13.95 at the gate and $11.95 online. For weekends, admission is $17.95 at the gate and $15.95 online. The farm offers 200 acres of activities including the seven-acre Music City corn maze, pumpkin cannon, zip line, hayride, pumpkin train, slides, petting zoo, pumpkin express light show and even a hillbilly pig race!
Lucky Ladd Farms
4374 Rocky Glade Rd, Eagleville, TN 37060 • (615) 274-3786
Hours through November 1 (not including Halloween): Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday through Wednesday. Halloween hours (October 31): 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Southern Living and Reader’s Digest voted Lucky Ladd Farms Tennessee’s number one pumpkin patch, so a visit to Eagleville, Tennessee sounds more than worth it! The Ladd family bought their farm in 2009 and opened it to the public with the goal of treating guests like family. Admission is $13.99 online, and $15.99 at the gate. Children under 2 have free admission. If you are visiting the farm to grab a pumpkin, Lucky Ladd offers a “Pumpkin Pass.” The pass covers the general admission cost, plus the choice of a pumpkin, with an added $5. Explore pumpkins of all different shapes and colors, navigate the corn maze, and enjoy a sweet treat of caramel apples and kettle corn. When you’re done looking for the perfect pumpkin, the On-Farm-Market offers fresh ice cream and baked goods. The kid-friendly farm also offers a Toddler Town playground, Hillbilly Range games and giant pipe swings for endless entertainment for the young ones!
861 Benders Ferry Rd, Mt Juliet, TN 37122
Hours October 12 – 27: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed to general public Monday through Wednesday.
Head to Mount Juliet for this 200-acre farm adventure! Gather your family, friends or school (by reservation) to enjoy all that Pumpkin Hill has to offer including jack-o-lanterns, hayrides, corn stalks, campfires, hay bales, gourds and, of course, a plentiful supply of pumpkins for purchase. Costs range from $2 to $8 for pumpkins and hayrides are $4. Night parties and evening hayrides after 4:30 p.m. are available upon advanced request. Pumpkin sales are cash or check only.
Walden Pumpkin Farm
8653 Rocky Fork Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167 • (615) 220-2918
Hours through October 31: Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; Closed Monday through Wednesday.
Shop ’til you drop for pumpkins at Walden Pumpkin Farm, then head right into the Walden Food Depot for a variety of foods unique to the farm! After you walk the grounds looking for the perfect pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, straw and other fall harvest items, you can indulge in pumpkin cheesecake, roasted pumpkin seeds, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and other country foods. While all activities other than the pumpkin patch, country store, and sweet shop will be closed due to COVID-19, there are many photo-ready spots to get that perfect fall picture! Admission is free, plus free parking at the farm.
More Local Options…
If you don’t have a lot of time and want to stop somewhere really local for your pumpkins this season, here are a couple of options:
12South Nashville Pumpkin Co.
2501 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37024
Stop by Nashville Pumpkin Co.‘s 12South location and peruse the wide selection of mums, pumpkins, gourds and all things fall, in one of Nashville’s favorite shopping and dining areas.
Green Door Gourmet
7007 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
Make sure to visit Green Door Gourment this fall for all your autumn necessities! Located on a 350-acre farm in West Nashville, Green Door Gourmet has various fall treats in their on-farm market including pumpkins, gourds and much more.
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
Among the hustle and bustle of the Nashville Farmers’ Market, enjoy the fall season with various vendor’s fall goodies, including pumpkins, mums and ornamental corn. Plus, stop in the market house to get a taste of fall or continue your autumn decoration shopping — there are more than 20 locally-owned shops and restaurants to choose from!
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