Find the Perfect Pumpkin at These Local Patches
The Birmingham area plays host to all kinds of pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, and much more.
By Stephanie Gibson Lepore
From Homewood to Hoover, Cullman to Calera, and many points in between, there’s likely a pumpkin patch within a half-hour road trip from your driveway.
Most spots offer activities to entertain toddlers all the way up to the older kiddos (corn maze confusion, anyone?), so don’t get tricked into thinking these destinations are just for the littles. Pumpkin patches are basically a one-day mini theme park visit, with all the food, fun, and family memories you can make!
Bonus: Your kids won’t have any trouble falling asleep after a day at the farm.
Where: 7182 County Rd. 703 in Cullman
What: Barnyard coaster, duck races, hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, pumpkin patch, and more
When: Thursdays-Sundays through October
How Much: Day passes start at $15.95; purchase online to save on gate prices
Don’t Miss: The all-new Goblin Glow beginning at dusk on Friday and Saturday nights
Where: 1073 County Rd. 13 in Heflin
What: The annual Pumpkin Patch with farm animals, a hay maze, a wildflower field, pipe slides, concessions, and a wagon train; the Country Store sells handmade soaps, pottery, and more
When: Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays through October
How Much: $12 admission plus extra for pumpkins and activities
Don’t Miss: The two-mile corn maze
Where: 260 Winnataska Dr. in Pell City
What: Annual Pumpkin Patch with games and hayrides
When: October 14-15
How Much: $15 includes a pumpkin, wagon ride, and inflatables; bring money for extras
Don’t Miss: Roasting marshmallows with chocolate and graham crackers…need we say s’more?
Where: Homewood Central Park
What: 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival benefitting Grace House Ministries
When: October 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
How Much: $10 for children (includes a pumpkin and goodie bag), adults are free
Don’t Miss: The inflatable spider climb
Where: 826 Griffin Rd. in West Blocton
What: Corn maze, hayride, hamster wheel, bouncy barn, pumpkin patch, and tractor trikes
When: Saturdays-Sundays in October
How Much: $10 admission for ages 2 and up
Don’t Miss: King-size corn bed and food trucks for a family picnic
Where: Tannehill State Park in McCalla
What: 200 campsites with trick-or-treating, moonwalks, face painting, and a bungee jump
When: October 28; festival (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and trick-or-treating (5-9 p.m.)
How Much: Gate admission is $3 for kids 6-11, $5 for ages 12-adult (some attractions cost extra); bring money for a festival T-shirt
Don’t Miss: Extensive campsite decorations and lights
Pugs & Pumpkins
Where: Oak Mountain State Park Fishing Center
What: A fundraiser for Alabama Pug Rescue and Adoption Inc., all well-behaved dogs of any breed and owners are welcome for a silent auction, lunch, games, and pie-eating and costume contests
When: October 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
How Much: Oak Mountain entrance fee and money for the bake sale
Don’t Miss: Pug pictures with Santa!
Where: Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera
What: A short train ride through the woods to the patch for pumpkins, hayrides, and pallet maze
When: Saturdays-Sundays October 7-22
How Much: Tickets start at $18 for children and adults
Don’t Miss: The train whistle! Listen out for the boarding signal about 45 minutes after you arrive
Where: 6027 Hwy. 17 in Helena
What: More than 25 activities on 10 acres, including a hay run, tire climb, and pipe slides
When: Fridays-Sundays through October 31
How Much: $10.95 (Fridays); $12.95 (Saturdays and Sundays); some activities are extra
Don’t Miss: Any of it! Helena Hollow was named the best patch in the state; also try your luck on the mechanical bull
Where: Veterans Park on Valleydale Rd. in Hoover
What: Hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, and more (costumes encouraged!)
When: October 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
How Much: Free
Don’t Miss: Shuttle service from Spain Park High School!
Where: 913 Irving Rd. in Homewood
What: Pumpkin and mum sale at the only Over-the-Mountain pumpkin patch, family photo ops, scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts
When: Daily through October
How Much: Free admission plus the cost of pumpkins and mums
Don’t Miss: The scarecrow contest! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 184 Furrow Ln. in Harpersville
What: U-pick pumpkin farm, corn maze, petting farm, and train rides
When: Daily through October
How Much: $13 (includes a pumpkin); $1 cash discount
Don’t Miss: Cowboy Day October 14-15, with live-action shootouts and a bluegrass band; Festival Weekend October 27-28, featuring vendors, live music, and an 1800s-style carnival
Where: 3595 County Rd. 59 in Verbena
What: Patch, corn pit, corn maze, hay mountain, slides, and wagon rides
When: Daily except Sundays through October 31
How Much: $12 (includes most activities and a pumpkin)
Don’t Miss: The cow train ($3 per person); bring cash for the Snack Shack
Where: 288 Hwy. 45 in Hayden
What: The renovated patch includes a new inflatable park and slides, The Great Pumpkin Patch Train, wagons, and a petting zoo. Also enjoy costume contests, live entertainment, and goodies from the Pie House.
When: Daily through November 5 How Much: $10 adults; $13 kids (weekdays) and $20 (weekends)
Don’t Miss: Bungee jumping ($10) on weekends and $5 pony rides