Spend a Day on the Farm
Fall is officially here! There’s a little bit of chill to the Bluegrass air, especially in the mornings.
All our seasons here in Kentucky have a magical wonder, but fall arrives with its own special kind of fun.
Autumn is a great time to create memories and enjoy some experiences you can only do this this time of year—venturing through a corn maze, carving scary jack-o-lanterns, or piling onto a wagon for a hayride.
Enjoy the pleasures of fall in Central Kentucky with a visit to one or more of the farms and orchards in the area serving up fun for everyone.
We’ve highlighted a few of the these agritourism spots below. While they all share much in common, each features attractions that may appeal to some guests more than others.
Visit the links below to get started planning hours of fun for you and your whole family.
Evans Orchard is a 5th generation family farm outside Georgetown in Scott County. The orchard features a huge 20-acre pumpkin patch where you’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin for jack o’ lantern carving.
For kids, they have a barnyard and petting zoo filled with goats, pigs, donkeys, and sheep. Plus, there’s a separate play area for children two and under.
Stop at Evans’ Farm Market to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables grown right on the farm. Or try some local honey made by their own bees.
Be sure to come hungry—you’ll want to try their Sweet Apple Cafe & Bakery. You can also buy whole pies from the bakery to take home with you.
Eckert’s – Boyd Orchard
Eckert’s – Boyd Orchard (formerly Boyd Orchard) just outside Versailles offers a variety of activities for kids and adults alike. Take a stroll through their orchard to pick out your own pumpkin, or choose from over 30 different varieties of apples to pick.
Their store offers a large selection of jams, jellies, preserves, and honey. Plus, you won’t want to miss their scrumptious apple cider donuts.
Kids will enjoy bouncing on their huge pumpkin jumping pad or screaming down a 90-foot slide. The farm also features a petting zoo, train rides, and wagon rides for both kids and adults to enjoy.
If you have a group, top off your day at the orchard by relaxing at one of their private bonfire sites. These are by reservation only, and are suitable for groups of up to 75. Bring your own food to enjoy around the bonfire or purchase food right there at the farm.
Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Mercer County’s Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch was voted #5 best corn maze in the nation in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
This family-owned farm has carved out three different corn mazes covering over 10 acres, each with differing levels of complexity.
And if that isn’t reason enough to plan a day at Devine’s, they feature a 600-foot zip line where you can reach speeds of up to 25 mph.
Or maybe you’d like to take a friend or two and battle it out on their new two-acre paintball field, dubbed Cornstalk Paintball Wars.
For younger children, Devine’s offers a play area with a petting zoo and hay maze they can try their hand at.
After an adventurous day, you can wind down at their nightly bonfire and marshmallow roast.
Reed Valley Orchard
Reed Valley Orchard, located halfway between Cynthiana and Paris, offers a more laid-back approach to enjoying autumn’s goodness.
The orchard features Country Harvest Trail Days each Saturday in October. Head into their fields and pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins. Or just sit and savor a fresh fruit slushie or some ice cream—made from their own fresh fruits and berries— while local musicians play.
If you’d like to get away from it all and enjoy nature for a while, take a stroll down the Reed family’s nature trail. Meandering through a wooded creek area, the trail was once used by stagecoaches and buggies.
After your nature walk, enjoy some homemade breads, muffins, or cookies made in the bakery from the Reeds’ own produce.
Just remember to take cash with you—Reed Valley doesn’t accept credit or debit cards.
You won’t want to miss the 20th anniversary celebration of Baldwin Farms’ Pumpkins & More Festival happening every day through October 31.
Search for just the right pumpkin in their huge patch, then attempt to find your way out of the Adventure Corn Maze.
Along with the farm’s pet dogs and cats, kids will enjoy seeing cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, and even a Llama named Coffee. Plus, kids can enjoy pony rides on weekends.
Visit the farm’s Kelly House Market where you can buy fresh produce from their fall harvest to take home with you. They offer winter squash, cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and—of course—pumpkins.
Plan on a trip to Scott County’s Bi-Water Farm for loads of fun designed for the entire family.
AutumnFestSM takes place every day until October 31, and offers pumpkin picking, a corn maze, (chosen to be the Culver’s Corn Maze for Kentucky), as well as structured activities like ziplining and paintball.
Kids will have a plethora of activities to entertain them. They’ll find the Enchanted Barnyard full of animals to pet and feed, the Trike Track for tricycling, Pirates Cove play area, and the Bird House that’s home to pheasants, peacocks, and fancy chickens. And that’s just a sampling of Bi-Water’s kid offerings.
At the end of the day, sit by the community bonfire, or plan ahead and reserve a private campfire site for your group.
The farm and orchard fun will only last for a few more weeks. Make plans now to visit and support these Central Kentucky farms. Most are owned by hard-working farm families who have been busy for months getting all their fall festivities ready for visitors.
Take an afternoon—or an entire day—and enjoy some fresh air, sunshine, and the Bluegrass’ bountiful fall harvest.