Fall brings with it a plethora of traditions, one of which is searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Fortunately, Georgia is home to more than just an abundance of peaches; there are also dozens of pumpkin patches and local farms, perfect for a family outing this season.
If you're visiting Atlanta this fall and looking for a place to go for some quality family fun picking out a home-grown pumpkin, check out these farms and pumpkin patches within a few hours of the city. Along the way, be sure to take time to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage along the way.
Sponsored by the FloatAway Community, "Plenty O' Pumpkins" is a family-friendly spectacle featuring face-painting, bobbing for apples, corn hole, and barbeque sandwiches for sale from Pig & Chik. While donations to raise funds for Nickelbottom Garden and Zonolite Park are appreciated, this is a free event for all. Each family will even receive a free small pumpkin as part of the event, which takes place at Zonolite Park (1123 Zonolite Road, Atlanta 30306).
See the Yule Forest on Highway 155
Working in Henry County to provide Christmas trees (and now pumpkins!) across four generations, the Grant Family began their farm in 1983. Now, Yule Forest has wildlife trails, a hayride, a chicken coop, a petting zoo and a science center with live reptiles and a bee house.
Yule Forest grows their pumpkins right there on the farm, ranging from baseball-sized minis to pumpkins that are over half a foot in diameter. Because they grow their pumpkins on-site, you have the option to pick a pumpkin that has already been harvested or one still on the vine.
General admission is $10 and free for kids under the age of two, and you can search for your perfect pumpkin from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends during the month of October. Priced by size, the typical range for a Yule Forest pumpkin is anywhere from $1 to $30, with a decent pumpkin for a Jack-o-lantern costing around $15.
Since 1980, Atlantans have been flocking to Sleepy Hollow in Powder Springs. This family-friendly pumpkin and Christmas tree farm comes complete with classic fall activities like hayrides, a corn maze, and a farm animal petting zoo as well as a country store selling jams, honey and cider.
Open September 21 to November 3, the farm doubled in size in 2015, expanding to over 60 acres. Sleepy Hollow now has its own sunflower field, perfect for family photo opportunities (just in time for holiday card photos). They grow a majority of their pumpkins on-site, some weighing up to 65 pounds, and they range in price from two to 40 dollars. At Sleepy Hollow, you can find typical carving pumpkins, as well as novelties and pumpkins that are specifically grown for the perfect pie. And fans of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things can tour filming locations at the farm.
The Still Family Farm boasts a long history of producing quality harvests. In fact, it’s still owned and operated by the original landowners’ family, who first bought the property in 1837.
Located on an 11-acre farm in Cobb County, Still Family hosts “Corn on the Cobb” in September and October, where visitors can enjoy a corn maze, hayrides, and a pumpkin patch alongside unique events like rubber duck races, hay bale climbing and a popcorn maze.
The Still Family Farm's pumpkins specifically for carving are shipped in primarily from Michigan and Illinois—where 90 percent of America's pumpkins are grown—and range in price from $8 to $28. Still Family also has warty gourds, Cinderellas (those little white pumpkins), and pink and green pumpkins of all sizes.
You can head up to Stone Mountain Amusement Park for their annual Pumpkin Festival this fall. In 2019, the Pumpkin Festival features "Play by Day, Glow by Night," where thousands of carved jack-o-lanterns illuminate the park each Friday through Sunday night from late September though the end of October.
During the event, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” will be at the entrance to his maze to greet you before you boogie over to the dance party parade or head to a Trick-or-Treat scavenger hunt and a pie-eating contest. All of Stone Mountain’s attractions are open during the Festival, including SkyHike, the Summit Skyride, The Great Barn and the Mountainvision Lasershow, so be sure to check those out before you choose the perfect pumpkin to take home with you. Come in costume to save $10 off admission.
Scottsdale Farms is settled on an impressive 65 acres in Alpharetta and is home to not only an annual pumpkin patch but also a fully-functional nursery, Christmas tree farm and garden center. The farm also offers a mix of events to cover interests for all ages: a Halloween and Fall-themed barn, a café with harvest treats and even cooking and seasonal décor classes.
As a part of their Fall Harvest event, the farm includes a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and a petting zoo. With literally thousands of pumpkins to choose from, all shipped from North Carolina, the farm typically charges less than $1 per pound for their crop.
Whether you’re searching for big pumpkins, small pumpkins, red, white and green pumpkins, gourds or pie-making pumpkins, the Kinsey Family Farm has it all at their farm and nursery, which also specializes in landscape trees and Christmas trees. Make a day of it by partaking in their classic barn animal and catfish feeding, hayrides and a picnic area to snack on products from their Harvest Shop.
Offering a variety of themed “Fall Family Fun Days” each weekend in October and the first Saturday of November, The Rock Ranch provides a festive atmosphere to choose your pumpkin, whether you attend their seasonal Hot Air Balloon Rally or the Halloween Festival.
Alongside the pumpkins, you’ll find a locomotive train, zip lines, rock climbing, a petting zoo, pony ride, and more. Join The Rock Ranch is also celebrating on November 6 for National Pumpkin Destruction Day where you will have the chance to drop your pumpkin from a fifty-foot forklift.