Middle Tennessee’s Favorite Fall Activities: Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More!

Every day closer to Halloween draws more ghoulish fiends and sprites looking for mischief. To keep your own sprites out of trouble, we’ve come up with a great selection of Fall farms for you to take them exploring. DSC_0882

See how quickly they can find their way out of a corn maze, test their skills with pumpkin catapults, take a family hayride, or fly through the trees on exciting ziplines. And, of course, select that perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch for your Halloween Jack-o-lantern. Most farms are open to reserved groups during the week, and to the general public Friday evenings through the weekend.

It’s so much fun being a kid again.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm, on Martin’s Chapel Church Road in Springfield, is a kid’s paradise of activities. You’d best plan a whole day here with the family to sample the endless choices. DSC_0908

Take a ride on the Cow Train or Pumpkin Train, mine for gems, watch the Hillbilly pig races, eat a picnic lunch in one of the pavilions, pet the farm animals, or learn how to milk a cow.

Up until Halloween, Honeysuckle Hill Farm is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays till 10 p.m. Once darkness falls, you can take a spooky walk through the Scream Creek Haunted Forest – if you dare!

The treetop canopy will take you zipping through the trees on eight ziplines, three skytowers and sky bridges for a bird’s eye view of all the fun.DSC_0854

Before you leave, make sure you take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to choose your carving pumpkin. The farm store is stocked with fall decorations, mums, and a huge variety of Tennessee home grown products.

Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, on 30 acres of fun on Lower Station Camp Road, Gallatin, is open through Nov. 4. 2013. Challenge your friends to a race through the corn maze, pose for family pictures in the pumpkin patch, zoom down the 40-foot super slide, ride the dot train, turn a cheek for face painting or test your skill at the Paintball Blast shooting gallery.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm

Gentry’s Farm in Franklin, a nearly 400-acre working farm that has been in the Gentry family for over 150 years, raises antibiotic and hormone-free Angus beef. It’s popular year-round for educational field trips. During October it is open to the public weekends and Mondays till Halloween, when kids can visit friendly farm animals, take a hayride, play games or find their way out of the cornfield maze.

Walden Farm, on Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna, offers kids a fun day on the farm visiting farm animals, taking a hayride or playing in the pumpkin patch. There are lots of finger-lickin’ country delights for sale and all kinds of fall decorations and gifts in the Ole Country Store. banana split with cherry

Come early for a hearty country breakfast at Bottom View Farm on Wilkerson Lane, Portland. Early on the farm is 6 a.m.!  Breakfast is served Monday-Saturday 6-11 a.m. Try one of their legendary banana splits in the ice cream parlor and you’re sure to come back. The fall festival on this working farm runs through October, featuring train rides, activities for kids, ziplines and a pumpkin patch.

Savor the beautiful fall days of October while they last!

What’s your favorite Tennessee farm to visit?

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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