It’s Pumpkin-Picking Time in Tennessee
There are plenty of things I love about Tennessee when it enters the autumnal months. The leaves begin to change, the air gets crisper, boots and scarves make their appearance and pumpkin muffins, scones, lattes and breads abound. One of my favorite fall traditions is walking through a field of beautiful orange pumpkins selecting the perfect one to bring home. Here are a few places you can score that big orange gourd, as well as navigate a corn maze or two.
Maple Lane Farms’ pumpkins are ready for purchase the first week of October. The 14th annual corn maze is open in Greenback, Tenn. and ready to be explored. Maryville College sponsored this year’s corn maze as it displays a tower in the center of the maze. You can check out their website if you’d like to attempt your escape route early. The maze is haunted from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31.
Ballinger Farm is nestled in Jefferson City, Tenn. Go out to the fields via hayride where you can pick your pumpkin. After you’re all pumpkin-ed out for the day, the fun continues as you can go through the corn maze or climb up to the observation tower, look out across the farm and then take a wild ride down the 80 foot tall barrel slides. The farm also has a petting zoo and a human-sized “hamster wheel.”
Bottom View Farm is a fully-operating farm in Portland, Tenn. October is their busiest month with the annual Fall Fest where there are five corn mazes spanning across four acres. Hay rides, pumpkin patches, haunted woods and a recreation of a western town will keep you and your family entertained for a great autumn day.
A pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a sorghum maze awaits you at Lucky Ladd Farm in Eagleville, Tenn. The tall grasses are grown thickly together so you can’t see between the stalks. Talk about getting lost! Besides the maze, Lucky Ladd Farm has over 100 farm animals, making it the largest petting zoo in Tennessee. A giant sling shot and corn cannon, as well as steer roping and pony rides will keep you entertained for hours.
Allardt, Tenn. is having their 21 Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off Saturday, Oct. 6. The weigh-off has broken local and states records in past years for the largest pumpkin, watermelon and green squash. The festival also features a parade, auto show and music.
Ride a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch at Falcon Ridge Farm in Toone, Tenn. After you pick your pumpkin, enjoy the rest of the day on the farm with your family doing various activities like going through the 6-acre corn maze, check out the hay fort or, if you want to experience that eerie feeling that comes with Halloween, go through the corn maze with a flashlight and take a ride on the haunted hayride.
Jones Orchard is a pick-your-own farm in Millington, Tenn. Peaches, strawberries and plums are harvestable throughout the year; but in October, you can pick your own pumpkins and crisp apples. They have 10 acres of two corn mazes this October and are hosting their Festival of Fear with Shadowlands: A Festival of Haunts starting Oct. 5. Scarecrow Theater, Shadowlands: A Twisted Journey of Terror and Hangman’s Hollow Hayride are some of the attractions the Jones’ has planned for this year.
Where are some of your favorite places to go pumpkin-picking?
About the blogger:
Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of Nashville. My family and I vacationed in East Tennessee every year when I was young. Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains, staying in cabins in Gatlinburg, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge instilled in me a love for this state at an early age. I now have the privilege of working and living in Tennessee. My blog posts will center on what’s happening around this great state. I’d love it if you joined me!