What do you think of when you think of the fall season – amber and yellow leaves, crisp cool mornings, and football? Well, these are some of the welcome signs of fall, but in North Georgia visitors can enjoy these along with several very traditional fall activities.
Do you have childhood memories of wandering through a pumpkin patch looking for that perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween or wandering through a corn maze that left you laughing from your farm puzzle exploits?
If so, then head to North Georgia and relive your childhood memories with your friends, your children or even your grandchildren at one of the following corn mazes and pumpkin patches. If not, head to North Georgia and make some new memories!
Jaemor Farm Market
Just north of Gainesville on Hwy 365, you’ll find Jaemor Farm Market, where of course you can always find the most delicious fried pies and fresh farm vegetables and fruits, but in the fall, they have a corn maze as well. The corn maze opens September 12th and lasts until November 8th.
Southern Tree Plantation
Little kids will find something a bit different at Southern Tree Plantation south of Blairsville off of U.S. 129. Not only will pumpkins dot the landscape but a wooden barnyard maze awaits the eager puzzle seekers. Hayrides, mini-train rides and roasting marshmallows round out this trip to North Georgia.
Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch
Dawsonville grown pumpkins are waiting for you at Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch! Bradley started the pumpkin farm when he was only 13 years old. The farm is open for the pumpkin picking season and pumpkin patch hours are posted on their website. Other times are by appointment. They have lots of freshly grown pumpkins grown right on their Dawsonville farm. Family visits are free and educational group tours are offered for a small fee. Visit the Country Store with lots of locally made items.
At Burt’s Farm, pumpkins are the “star” of the show. The only thing more beautiful than the fall leaf season is the sea of orange created by thousands of Burt’s pumpkins. You can wander through this vast array of pumpkins (make sure NOT to pick them up by the stem) picking out just the right one, take a two-mile hayride through the farm, and wander through the country store that is fully stocked with everything you’ll need for decorating your home for fall.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
If you haven’t visited Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze then you must put it on your list and start a new family tradition. Explore the corn maze, find your perfect pumpkin and shoot the Corn Cannon. When you are hungry they have food, fall decorations for making your house festive for the season and a Goat Walk (you’ll have to come and find out what that is!). In October on the weekends, see if you can make it through the Haunted Maze. If you are not into scary, then hang out by the bonfires after a hayride. Check out their website for info on special events for scout and school groups. Uncle Shuck’s is also a great birthday party option.
Buck’s Corn Maze
Buck’s Corn Maze is named after W.Z. “Buck” Samples, who farmed for 50 years on the land that now features this 12-acre maze in a 20-acre field next to Cochran Creek with a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains. Buck loved to have friends come visit and enjoy the beautiful views and peaceful country. Although Buck is gone, his family still welcomes everyone to come and enjoy the maze and the tranquil countryside. As much fun as the maze is in the daytime, it is double the fun at night: bring your flashlight and test your skills in the dark. After completing the maze, go on a relaxing hayride, which runs by the creek and through the cornfield.
Hillside Orchard Farms
Just north of Tallulah Gorge State Park and Interpretive Center on Old U.S. 441 is Hillside Orchard Farms. In addition to the corn maze, there is a playground and farm animals to pet. They have something new this year: Ol’ #3, a miniature of the Tallulah Falls Railroad Train, which will run every hour on the weekends.
Cheryl Smith is the Northeast Georgia Mountains regional travel expert. She’s worked in the region for the past 26 years and likes to say that if she doesn’t know what you are looking for, she knows someone who does! Cheryl spends her time paddling and riding her Harley 1200 Sportser.