Y’all, we have made it! It’s September and we don’t have to fool ourselves with preemptive PSLs and wandering down Hobby Lobby’s (year-round) seasonal aisles in our swimsuit coverups. Fall is finally here after the longest summer break ever!
Many of our favorite pumpkin patch haunts are closed or have suspended certain activities during the current pandemic climate, but pumpkins are still growing and there’s no ban against fresh air and the joy of picking the perfect pumpkin. Or all the pumpkins, cause it’s been that kind of year, folks.
Old McDonald’s Farm
Closed. We can’t wait for next year!
Blowing Springs Farm
Closed. See you in 2021!
Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
HOURS: Fridays and Saturdays 11am-7pm and Sundays 1pm-6pm (the last ticket is sold one hour before closing).
WHERE: 490 County Road 67, Riceville, TN 37370
PHONE: (423) 650-2939
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga: I-75 North take Exit 42. Turn right off the exit ramp. Travel 1 mile, take the first road on your right: County Rd. 67. The pumpkin farm is 2.6 miles on your right. All you need to do is follow the signs from there!
PRICE: $10 for adults ages 13 and up. $8 for children 3-12 years of age. Children under 2 are free. Groups of 20+ receive a $1 per person discount for corn maze with pre-registration.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Fun, fun, and more fun! When you make a trip to Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze, you can expect a day of laughs and smiles, since your ticket includes: a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, Tire Mountain, Super Slide, Calf Roping, Hill Climb, Petting Barn, Obstacle Course, Tricycles, Duck Races, Tractor Dig, Redneck Horseshoes, and much more!
The River Maze
WHEN: Opening Day is September 26th
HOURS: Fridays 5pm to 9pm; Saturdays 11am to 9pm; and Sundays 1pm to 9pm
WHERE: 1371 Hwy 64, Benton, TN 37307
PHONE: (423) 650-0710
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga: Get on I-24 E from Market St. Then, take I-75 N to US-74 E in Bradley County. Take exit 20 from I-75. Drive to US-64 E/US-74 E in Polk County.
PRICE: $11.90 for people ages 3 years of age and older. While group rates and special discounts are available, you need to call for more information. Payment methods accepted include cash, checks, and credit cards.
WHAT TO EXPECT: If you’re looking for an adventure, look no further than The River Maze on the Banks of the Ocoee. For 2020, the theme is” America, the Beautiful.” The folks at The River Maze are turning fun into an educational opportunity this year by including facts and figures about 10 major rivers and beautiful tourist attractions while you navigate through all 10 checkpoints in the corn maze.
Of course, the fun doesn’t end there. In addition to the corn maze, participants can experience the Pumpkin Patch, where you can find a variety of sizes and colors of pumpkins that you can choose to purchase right off the vine. You’ll also find a soybean maze; hay rides; corn cannons; a cow train; farm-friendly animals. There are five mazes in total. You will get to meet Spookley, the Square Pumpkin who is an advocate against bullying. The owners are finding some new attractions this year hoping to compensate for the changes that Covid has brought to the farm. It truly is a beautiful venue. They also have sunflowers this year!
Smith Perry Berries
WHEN: Late September-Halloween; follow on Facebook for updates!
HOURS: Check Facebook for daily hours as they update when pumpkins ripen!
WHERE: 9626 Ooltewah Georgetown Rd, Ooltewah TN 37363
PHONE: (423) 228-0774
PRICE: All pumpkins are sold individually, as well as corn stalks and hay bales for decorating. Pumpkins can be picked from the field or found at the farm stand.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Smith Perry farm is a working farm; there are not the pumpkin patch/corn maze activities of other places listed. But, it is a beautiful spot for picture taking and getting to see a farm in action! NOTE: Professional photography typically requires a fee here. Candid shots are always free!
Copper Creek Farm
WHEN: September 26- November 7
HOURS: Check here for daily hours
WHERE: 1514 Reeves Station Rd SW, Calhoun, GA 30701
DIRECTIONS: From Chattanooga: Take I-75 S Towards Atlanta; Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 312, toward Rom; Merge onto GA-53 toward Rome/TOURIST INFO BUS DIST; Turn right onto Reeves Station Rd SW
PHONE: (678) 986-5553
PRICE: $16.83 per person, under 36 months FREE, $2 off over 60 yrs. Group rates available. Certain weekdays have special pricing as well!
WHAT TO EXPECT: Wagon Hayride, Kids’ Zipline, Gem Mining, Pony Rides and…much, much more!