Pull out your warmest Autumn sweater and gas up the car. It’s time for some serious apple pickin’. Pumpkin pickin’ too!
There are dozens of area farms and orchards – ready and waiting to help you celebrate the season. Some are close, some are not. Here are our TOP TEN Picks for Pickin’.
• Cox Farms – Centreville, VA
This place has just about everything. Not only are there plenty of pumpkins to choose from, but their Fall Festival includes music, animals, food and lots of Autumn and Halloween events for the kids. Check out ABC7's Pinterest page for some fun photos of last year's Fall Festival at Cox Farms.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 49 minutes
• Butler’s Orchard – Germantown, MD
After 60 years of growing all sorts of fruits and veggies, the Butler family knows how to celebrate Fall. Apples, pumpkins and lots of fun activities.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 52 minutes
• Homestead Farm – Poolesville, MD
You can start off with a hayride and end by checking out the apples and the pumpkin patch at Homestead Farm.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 55 minutes
• Stribling Orchard – Markham, VA
From Fuji to Granny Smith, Stribling has 30 acres of apple trees. And they have a bakery too!
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 13 minutes
• Hartland Orchard – Markham, VA
Apples, pumpkins and a corn maze. Plenty of fun for everyone.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 15 minutes
• Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Middletown, MD
Pumpkin picking is always a blast at this working farm, but the Fairy Tale Trails Corn Maze is a MUST for every family.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 16 minutes
• Belvedere Plantation - Fredericksburg, Virginia
It’s Belvedere’s 30th pumpkin season and their celebrating with gourds galore! They’ve got pumpkins in every size, shape and color.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 17 minutes
• Hollin Farms – Delaplane, VA
Just a little over an hour from D.C., this farm has apples, pumpkins and is located near Sky Meadows State Park.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 21 minutes
• High Hill Farm – Winchester, VA
A family farm set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, could it be any more perfect? Pumpkins, apples and a haunted house are all in store for the kids.
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 1 hour 47 minutes
• Carter Mountain Orchard – Charlottesville, VA
It’s a two-hour-plus trip from the D.C. area, but well-worth it, especially for those of you who like to gaze at the leaves. Carter Mountain Orchard has apples and pumpkins, hayrides, a country store and a winery. The apple cider donuts are worth the trip!
Estimated Drive Time from D.C. area: 2 hours 33 minutes
Remember, drive times are estimates! Back roads and leaf-peeping could add a few minutes to your road trip.