After one hot and humid summer, the cool, crisp air of fall will be more than welcomed this autumn. What better way to usher in the new season than by taking in the Montgomery County countryside on a local hayride or pumpkin picking excursion? Many area residents are not aware that picturesque farmlands can be found throughout the county, especially in the northern and western regions. Below are the county’s more popular hayride and pumpkin picking destinations. Let us know in the comment section if we missed any!
Varner Farms (Collegeville): Fall Harvest has begun at Varner Farms. Come out to pick your own apples any day from 9AM-6:30PM through mid October. A large corn maze is also open to the public during normal business hours. For those interested in wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, stop by 10AM-5PM on Saturdays or Monday through Friday 12-5PM. Varner Farms also offers educational apple and pumpkin tours during October. Children may be interested in visiting with the local farm animals which include sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and mini horses.
Merrymead Farm & Country Market (Lansdale): Merrymead Farm on Valley Forge Road in Lansdale puts on an impressive Fall Harvest celebration every year. The farm features a 5 acre cornfield maze open 12-4PM Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Feeling adventurous, tryout the maze at night! The Moonlight Maze is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8PM during October (reservations and flashlights needed). In addition to the maze, visitors can enjoy hayrides, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, and inflatables. A 700 ft. “cornstalk tunnel” has been constructed specifically for younger children.
Kohler Farms (Horsham): Located on Limekiln Pike, Kohler Farms encompasses 150 acres and has been in operation for over 70 years. Hayrides are offered throughout October from 4-5PM on Fridays and between 10AM-5PM on Saturdays and Sundays. As part of the 20 minute hayride, visitors have the option of stopping to pick their own pumpkins at the patch as well as to try out the corn maze, hay maze, and obstacle course.
Spring Mountain (Schwenksville): Montgomery County’s Spring Mountain, a popular ski resort, is transformed into “Scream Mountain” during the month of October. Haunted hayrides as well as haunted chair lift rides take place 6:30-10:30PM Fridays/Saturdays and 6:30-9:30PM on Sundays. For those with small children looking for non-scary Halloween fun, visit Spring Mountain on October 22nd between 1-5PM to explore the Kids Maze, Bounce House, and to go on a traditional hayride.
Freddy Hills Farms (Lansdale): Visit the 25th Annual Freddy’s Fall Fest from 12-5PM every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October. The event features $2.50 hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, cider, funnel cake, and pony rides. A highlight of the Fall Fest are the pig races held each weekend day at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30PM. Can’t say I’ve been to one of those lately .
Northern Star Farm (Trappe): Celebrate Northern Star Farm’s 4th Annual Fall Fest from 10AM-5PM Saturdays and Sundays throughout October this year. Highlights of the event include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, pony rides, and horse drawn wagon rides. We especially like the sound of the “apple launcher” which can also be found at the Fest.
Maple Acres Farm Market (Plymouth Meeting): Maple Acres Farm Market boasts a selection of pumpkins and gourds “that come in almost any shape, size, and color.” Open from 8AM-7PM daily, a variety of other fall crops have recently arrived, including squash, turnips, broccoli, and apples. Hayrides are tentatively scheduled for October 28th; check the website for further details.
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