If the crisp fall weather has you and your family yearning for the colors, flavors and activities of the wide open country look no further than Clarke County; a quick one-hour drive from the DC Metro area. Whether you are looking for pumpkin picking, corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit or delicious farm-fresh cuisine, Clarke County has it all. Tucked into the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Clarke County is one of the last true agricultural and open space counties in Virginia and the activities are endless.
From strawberries to pumpkins and everything in between, you will need to visit Mackintosh Fruit Farm more than once to enjoy all they have to offer. Make a reservation and enjoy a part of the orchard or picking fields to yourself. Once you work up an appetite picking fruit and vegetables, head over to their farm kitchen for a delicious lunch. What better place to have lunch than a farm that grows all their fruit for fresh picked flavor? Their menu features their own fruit and vegetables and often, additional items from fellow farmers in our area. Make sure you try a homemade cider donut when you visit!
Family owned and operated since 1995, Nalls Farm Market is the best place to pick up fresh produce, local foods and a HUGE selection of fresh pies baked daily onsite. Some of their specialty fall pie flavors include: Caramel Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Sweet Potato. The market also has a garden center with local plants, pumpkins, and garden/holiday décor.
Family-owned and operated for years, the Pumpkin Patch is a part of the full automated Edge-Wood Dairy Farm. This pumpkin patch is a wonderful place to bring the entire family – or just yourself – for your fall decorating. This farm produces over 30 varieties of pumpkins for decorating, baking, and yes, even making beer for all you brewers out there. They have a corn maze and scavenger hunt. For even more fun – try out their pumpkin slingshots! Their pumpkin patch is located on Harry Byrd Highway, right at the Frederick County line.
This family focused farm provides hours of entertainment and dozens of unique activities for kids of all ages. From pig races and goat walks to the barnyard ball zone and pumpkin smashing, this farms offers so many activities beyond the traditional pumpkin picking and hay rides. Challenge your navigation skills in their 10-acre corn maze or sit under a tree and play pumpkin checkers, Wayside Family Fun really has thought of it all.