Apples are in season, pumpkin spice (err...cold foam) is EVERYWHERE and the temps are starting to drop. 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 10 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.
Friendly and well-mannered pups are welcome at FT Valley Farm! Dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed near the fruit trees. Apples and other locally-sourced goods are sold at the farm including dog treats for your pup. Best part? It's BYOB!
Entry Fee: None
Hours: Wednesday- Sunday, 10AM to 5PM. Picking stops at 4:30.
Make it a day trip: The Schoolhouse Nine is a dog-friendly golf course (!!!) less than 10 minutes away! Your leashed and well-behaved dog is welcome to join you as conquer the nine holes and enjoy the beautiful views!
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 (unless they are a CERTIFIED SERVICE DOG) but are welcome on the rest of the property when on a leash. Provide cleanup when needed! Head to their website for more information on their annual Apple Harvest Festival (October 7th & 8th) and Pumpkin Festival (October 28th).
Entry Fee: None
Hours: M-F 9AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-5PM.
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 (on a short leash, please!), 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: Updated weekly - check the Pick-Your-Own Fruits & Vegetables page to get the latest hours.
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! Dogs are welcome on a leash at the farm. Fresh-pressed apple cider is usually available starting in October. Apple picking is $2 and first come, first serve! Stay in the know on which items are available for picking at any time here.
Entry Fee: Pick your own experience is $2 per person. Children who walk on their own are also $2. Shopping in the market, having lunch, or visiting the author on reading days, is free.
Hours: Updated weekly - check the This Week page to get the latest hours.
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 views at Great Country Farms, nestled in 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! Advance tickets are required for weekends, as Saturday and Sunday often sell out!
Entry Fee: $14 weekdays, $16 weekends
Get apple picking tix here.
Get pumpkin picking tix here (begins October 1st)
Hours: Daily 10AM-5PM.
Admission to Montpelier Farms includes access to a 7-acre dog-friendly corn maze, dog-friendly hayride, access to farm animals, pumpkin bowling, hill slides, and more! Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance for all weekends in October. Grab your tickets here.
Entry Fee: $14 on weekdays, $19 on weekends
Hours: Fall Festival from September 16th - November 5th. Farm Hours updated monthly - check the Fall Hours page for details.
September hours (beginning September 17th): Sat, 10AM-9PM Sun, 10AM-6PM.
October hours: Tues-Thurs, 10AM-3PM, Friday, 5PM-11PM, Sat, 10AM-11PM, Sun, 10AM-7PM
November hours: Sat, 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM
Dogs are allowed in the pumpkin patch and on hayrides at Showvaker's Pumpkin Patch, but not in the "Corn-fusion" corn maze; pick up after pets. Enjoy dozens of fall activities including an apple cannon, pony rides, paintball, and more!
Entry Fee: $18 daytime armband, $12 Night Maze armband
Hours: Daytime Sat/Sun 10AM-6PM September 16th - October 29th. Nighttime 7-10PM (night begins September 23rd)
Make it a day trip: Take the 15-minute drive to the nearby brewery and disc golf course, Ruhlman Brewery! The brewery offers a variety of small-batch beers and plenty of pretty walks. Head out 5 minutes farther and grab some Italian ice or custard for you & your dog at The Cow in Westminster!
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 from September to the end of October.
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, 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 7th Annual "Dog Days" which take place the weekend of October 28th and 29th from 10AM to 4PM. During Dog Days, dress your pup up in a costume and receive $1 off any pumpkin! Check out their special hound dog events as well - Saturday, September 30th and Saturday, October 7th from 10AM - 5PM!
Entry Fee: None
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 aesthetically pleasing farm we’ve ever come across. This family-owned and operated farm allows dogs on leash in the grass areas. 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 are available for purchase. Be sure to say hi to (but don't pet) 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 September 30th. Sinepuxent Brewing is just a mile away and open for outdoor seating.
We strongly recommend that you visit the website of any farm before visiting for the latest hours and policies. 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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