Apples are in season, pumpkin spice is EVERYWHERE and the temps are dropping. It's Fall, ya'll! There is nothing that screams fall fun more than going apple picking and picking out the perfect pumpkin... with your dog. Read on for the inside scoop on eight dog-friendly farms around Maryland, DC, Northern Virginia and the Eastern Shore that offer everything from dog friendly corn mazes, apple picking, pumpkin patches, hot apple cider donuts, farm animals and fall flower picking.
With 325 acres of apples to pick, a pumpkin patch and drool-worthy Apple Cider donuts, Marker-Miller Orchards is a top spot for fall fun among dog owners! Dogs are not allowed inside the market but are welcome on the rest of the property. Head to their website for more information on their annual Apple Harvest Festival (October 10th & 11th) and Pumpkin Festival (October 24th).
Entry Fee: None
Hours: M-F 9AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM. Open Columbus Day 9AM-4PM.
Make it a day trip: There is lots to do and see in the town of Winchester about 15 minutes away. Check out Winchester Brew Works and Winchester Dog Park.
Enjoy gorgeous views of fall foliage at this picturesque, family-owned farm. Pick your own apples with your dog, or enjoy Hollin Farm's 10-acre dog-friendly pumpkin patch. You can also dig your own potatoes and peanuts here. Don't forget to grab some fresh apple cider, apple donuts, and apple turnovers on your way out!
Entry Fee: None
Hours: Wed-Fri 9AM-1PM, Sat/Sun 9AM-3:30PM. Closed on Columbus Day.
Make it a day trip: Check out Sky Meadows State Park if you're in the mood for hiking! If a glass of vino is more your speed, check out Barrel Oak Winery and Naked Mountain Winery. Both vineyards are dog-friendly and a short 10-15 minute drive from Hollin Farms.
Enjoy a variety of pick-your-own apples and other fruits and veggies at Mackintosh Fruit Farm. You'll find many walking trails here, so wear tennis shoes! Fresh-pressed apple cider is usually available starting in October. Apple picking is by appointment only for the 2020 season, so be sure to reserve a one-hour time slot before heading here. Only one reservation is needed for your group!
Entry Fee: None
Hours: Thurs-Sun 8AM to 6PM
Make it a day trip: Head to Chet Hobert Park or the State Arboretum of Virginia, both full of short hiking trails and walking paths.
Take in the panoramic views at Great Country Farms, nestled on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a wagon ride out to the apple orchards and pumpkin patch for pick-your-own, then get lost in their 1.5-acre corn maze with your dog. On Saturdays & Sundays, enjoy live music, marshmallow roasting, and cider pressing demonstrations. On your way out, stop by the Farm Market for seasonal produce, jams, and hot apple cider donuts! Advanced Tickets are required for Saturday and Sunday.
Entry Fee: $10 Weekdays, $16 Weekends
Hours: Daily 9AM to 5PM
Admission to Montpellier Farms includes access to a 7-acre dog-friendly corn maze, access to farm animals, pumpkin bowling, hill slides, and more! Admission MUST be purchased in advance!
Entry Fee: $8
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10AM-11PM, Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-7PM and Fridays 5PM-11PM (October only)
Dogs are allowed in the pumpkin patch and on hay-rides at Showvaker's Pumpkin Patch, but not in the "Corn-fusion" corn maze. Enjoy dozens of fall activities including a pumpkin slingshot, pedal race cars, corn cannons, straw jump, petting zoo and face painting.
Entry Fee: $14
Hours: Sat/Sun 10AM-6PM
Make it a day trip: Tire your pup out at Bennett Cerf Dog Park, a 1-acre off-leash public dog park located 20 minutes south of Showvaker's Farm off of Rt. 27
Visit Councell Farms' Pumpkin Patch, minutes outside of Easton, MD. Pick your own pumpkins straight off of the vine! While you're there, check out the Field of Fun and shop their fall decor, including gourds, Indian corn, mums, corn stalks, local apples, and fresh apple cider.
Entry Fee: $6
Hours: 7 Days a Week, 9:30AM-5:30PM
Make it a day trip: Relax and join the scenery at Triple Creek Winery, only 5 minutes away from Councell Farms.
Stroll through acres of pumpkin fields and pick out the perfect pumpkin, and hop on the hayride to ride back to the farm (dogs are allowed on!). While you're here, say hi to the farm animals, enjoy the on-site nature trail, and visit their fully stocked country store with local honey, apple cider, locally made pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter and fresh fall flowers. Dogs are welcome at all times, but mark your calendar for Sharp's 4th Annual "Dog Days" which takes place the weekend of October 24th and 25th. During Dog Days, dress your pup up in a costume and receive $1 off any pumpkin.
Weekend of Oct 17-18: The Brookeville Beer Farm will be on-site with locally brewed beer available for purchase on Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and the Waredaca Brewery will be on-site on Sunday, October 18th from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Entry Fee: None
Hours: Sat/Sun 10AM-5PM September 26th through November 1st. Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM beginning October 6th
Make it a day trip: Stop by Waredaca Brewing for a beer on their patio, located just 10 minutes north of Sharp's. Be sure to reserve a table on OpenTable ahead of time!
Situated between Ocean City and Assateague Island, Assateague Farm is easily THE most ascetically pleasing farm we’ve ever come across. This family-owned and operated farm allows dogs on leash. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and uber-cute Fall photo opp space in front of the farm airstream. Cut your own flowers or pick up a pre-made bouquet. Fall decor, beautiful rainbow-colored glass gem corn, succulents, fall arrangements, and local produce available for purchase. Be sure to say hi to the farm goats, Jasmine and Cosmo!
Entry Fee: None
Hours: 7 Days a Week 9AM-7PM
Make it a day trip: Dogs are allowed on the beach at Ocean City (about 10 minutes away) after October 1st. Sinepuxent Brewing is just a mile away and is open for outdoor seating.
We strongly recommend that you visit the website of any farm before visiting for the latest hours and policies. Many of the farms mentioned in this blog post recommend or require making a reservation and/or purchasing a ticket ahead of time due to social distancing measures as a result of COVID. Please remember to bring poo bags and pick up after your pet when nature calls. Let's be responsible pet owners so that we can continue visiting these beautiful farms with our dogs for years to come!
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