16 Pumpkin Patches in Central Arkansas to Visit this Fall
Moms scrambling for a way to get kids out into the crisp autumn air, rejoice! Little Rock Family has put together a list of 16 pumpkin patches for the whole gang to enjoy. It’s a tradition to take home a pumpkin fresh from the field and carve it up into a jack-o’-lantern, but the fun doesn’t stop there. These mostly family-run businesses offer train rides, corn and hay mazes as well as petting zoos and more.
Note: We advise that you call ahead before your pumpkin patch visit; for many farms, opening dates and hours are dependent on the weather.
1. Arkansas Frontier in Quitman
Not only can your family pluck a pumpkin from the U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, they can also learn about the lives of early settlers and Native Americans on the living history farm. Tour a replica of a pioneer homestead, learn a lesson in the schoolhouse, see a covered wagon and meet the animals who live on the farm—pigs, miniature horses, sheep, rabbits and a llama. You can also participate in rubber duck races, sift for gem stones in the old-fashioned mining sluice, and dig for dinosaur eggs. In the Enchanted Forest, visitors stroll through a nature trail of storybook characters like Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
1625 Wesley Chapel Road, Quitman. Admission ranges from $8-$10 per person, pricing details are available here; pumpkins purchased separately.
Oct. 1-31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Available for groups by reservation Monday through Friday. For info: (501) 589-3122, ArkansasFrontier.com.
2. Asbury UMC Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock
Can’t make it all the way to a farm? You can still get the pumpkin patch experience at this convenient location in west Little Rock. Pick your perfect pumpkin and take pictures—and if you stop by on Oct. 15, take part in the free festivities. A children’s festival on the lawn will include bouncy houses, plus a chili cook-off and dessert bake-off.
1700 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock. Free admission. Pumpkins range in size and price, an average pumpkin is $10-$15.
Oct. 1-31: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 225-9231, Asbury-LR.org.
3. BoBrook Farms in Roland
This pumpkin patch is known for its proximity to Pinnacle Mountain. A charming sunflower maze and hayrides accentuate the fall spirit, and farm animals and a hay maze are also available. Plus, kids can climb on a hay mountain formed from 200-300 bales of hay and jump into the corn pit of 5,000 pounds of corn. To find a pumpkin, kids can look to the 12-row pumpkin patch, where some of the pumpkins are even left on the vine for families to cut themselves. Concessions and crafts are also available for purchase.
3810 Combee Lane, Roland. $6 admission includes all attractions, children under 2 are free; pumpkins sold separately and range from 50 cents-$12.
Sept. 30-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday For info: (501) 519-5666, BoBrookFarms.com.
4. Cox Berry Farm & Nursery in Clarksville
This family-owned farm, in business for almost 50 years, is a Clarksville institution, allowing families to choose from many pick-your-own experiences ending in late fall with pumpkins. In September and October, families can also collect apples from the orchard. And in autumn, younger children can walk and find photo opportunities along a trail lined with fun characters, decorations and a rope maze.
1081 Hwy. 818, Clarksville. Entry to the farm free; pumpkin prices vary by weight; pumpkin trail costs extra.
Oct. 1-31. Dates are approximate and based on weather conditions. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call ahead before visiting: (479) 754-3707, CoxBerryFarm.com.
5. Family Farm Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Patch in Malvern
This summer day camp destination transforms into an autumn wonderland. The farm is complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a John Deere train, pond fishing, farm animals for petting, zip-lining, slide mountain, hay tunnels and a climbing wall in October.
18448 Hwy. 67, Malvern. Admission is $5, children 2 and under are free. Admission includes all attractions except the zipline; pumpkins sold separately.
Oct. 1-29: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; available by reservation Monday-Friday for school field trips ($7 per student). For info: (501) 337-4171, FamilyFarm.org.
6. Garner Homestead Family Farm in Lonsdale near Hot Springs
Who has pumpkins and a piano-playing duck? That would be this family farm near Hot Springs, which also offers a hayride, cornfield trails, and an animal petting area. But the barnyard animal show is where you’ll see to musical duck, along with a rooster that can answer audience questions. Youngsters can find a play area with tire swings, tunnels and climbing poles, hunt for arrowheads or hike a woodland trail down to a creek bank where to pan for fool’s gold. You can also make a reservation for evenings. Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin, too!
1376 Hwy. 128/Hot Springs Village Cutoff, Lonsdale. $7, includes all attractions, children under 3 free; pumpkins sold separately and range from $2-$25.
Sept. 28-Nov. 4: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For info: (501) 463-0510, GarnerHomesteadFamilyFarm.com.
Evening hours for groups are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. By appointment. $7 per person ($100 minimum). Includes a Hayride, bonfire and your choice of a scavenger hunt.
7. Hicks Family Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Lonoke
Mosey through the corn maze with the kiddos before visiting the pumpkin patch. The maze features a new design each year and is accompanied by a barnyard brimming with animals. Pony rides and hayrides are also available.
184 Lasiter Road, Lonoke. $8, includes all attractions, children under 5 free with paying adult; pumpkins and food sold separately.
Sept. 30-Oct. 29: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Sundays; available by reservation Monday-Friday for school field trips. For info: (501) 941-2703, HicksFamilyFarms.com.
8. J&P Ranch, Inc. in Scott
Since 1999, this pumpkin patch has been bringing smiles to little ones. Kids can wind their way through a hay maze made of round bales, take a hayride in a tractor-pulled covered wagon, gaze at an aquarium filled with fish, and feed rabbits, goats and chickens in a petting zoo. Little ones can also hop on a horse for a quick, hand-led horseback ride or blow off steam on basketball and volleyball courts. A mobile pumpkin patch (complete with Frankenstein-esque monster) is available to visit to schools and churches, and brings along pumpkins, chicken and rabbits.
966 McCoy off of I-40 East, Scott. $5, includes all activities and a free pumpkin for each child under 12.
Oct. 1-Nov. 5: 1-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; field trips and groups welcome 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. by reservation only. For info: (501) 920-6537.
9. Mary’s Place Pumpkin Patch in Bryant
A train takes riders through Sherwood Forest, with a stop at a Western town setting offering plenty of picture opportunities. Kids can also can play in a wooden maze, a treehouse, a bounce house and a hay mountain with a tunnel. Playground equipment is also at hand.
3705 Hwy. 5 N., Bryant. $9 includes all attractions and pick-your-own pumpkin; $6 includes all attractions and no pumpkin.
Sept. 21-Nov. 4: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For info: (501) 847-3900, MarysPlaceInBryant.com.
10. Motley’s Pumpkin Patch in Little Rock
This Little Rock agritourism farm has been offering family fun each fall since 1982. A full day of entertainment includes a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, country store, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and a petting zoo full of goats, chickens and pigs. Kids can also climb on a hay bale mountain and take a slide back down to the ground. Or, pick an oinker to compete in the pig races. Concessions—hello, caramel apples!—are also available. And don’t forget to pick up homemade sweets in the Fudge Kitchen.
13724 Sandy Ann Drive, Little Rock. $8.95 basic admission, $11.95 do-it-all admission, children under 3 and seniors ages 55 and up free.
Sept. 30-Oct. 29: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays; available by reservation Tue.-Fri. for school field trips. For info: (501) 888-1129, MotleysPumpkinPatch.com.
11. Fall Festival at Mountain Home Berry Farm
If you’re in the northern part of the state during the harvest months, make a stop at this popular attraction. During its Fall Festival, families can go on an hour-long hayride tour that stops by the petting zoo (featuring an adorable miniature donkey), Mulch Mountain, kid’s corn maze and the pumpkin patch. A country store features homemade jams and jellies, apple cider, local honey and more.
693 County Road 57, Mountain Home. Entry to pumpkin patch free; $6.50 includes Fall Festival attractions; pumpkins sold separately.
Sept. 22-Nov. 5: noon-5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays; available to groups, birthday parties and field trips by reservation Wed.-Fri. For info: (870) 425-7028, MountainHomeBerryFarm.com.
12. Peebles Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Augusta
Pumpkins take over 60 acres of Peebles Farm, with 10 acres set aside for visitors to pick their own. Plus, visitors can hop on horse and wagon rides, explore the you-pick cotton field, fire up the corn cannon, snap photos in the three-acre sunflower field, visit the barnyard and more. Adventurous tykes can stumble through a 20-acre corn maze—the aerial view of the labyrinth forms the outline of the state of Arkansas with a farm scene in the middle. Fearless families can even try and navigate the maze with flashlights after dark on Friday and Saturday evenings, but be prepared for some extra thrills and frights!
Hwy. 64 between Augusta and McCrory, Augusta. $8, includes most attractions, such as barnyard, corn maze, cotton patch and admission to pumpkin patch; children ages 2 and under free; hayrides $3; horse and wagon rides $3; pumpkins sold separately.
Sept. 22-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays; available for field trips by reservation. For info: (870) 919-6162, PeeblesFarm.com.
13. Pumpkin Hollow in Piggott
When in Piggott, enjoy a pig scramble. In fact, spend a full autumn day enjoying the fun at Pumpkin Hollow, including corn mazes, hayrides, pony rides. The pig scrambles, events where kids try to catch a slippery pig, are reserved for weekends. But everyday events includ farm animals, an interactive Kids’ Barn, the Pumpkin Hollow Express barrel train, a pond levee slide, and shopping. If that’s not enough, try tasty treats, haunted attractions and much more. The Friendly Forest is designed just for children and the faint of heart. Two separate corn mazes with different difficulty levels are also available; if the 6-acre maze sounds daunting, families can practice in the children’s maze. If you dare, bring a flashlight and brave the mazes on Fright Nights, when other hair-raising attractions are also open, such as the Frightmare Farmhouse, Bubba’s Butcher Barn and Zombie Paintball Patrol.
671 County Road 336, Piggott. $10 for standard package, $15 for Kids’ Daytime Armbands (Saturday and Sunday only).
Sept. 16-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Corn Maze open additional evening hours on Fright Nights; see website for details. For info: (870) 598-3568, PumpkinHollow.com.
14. Roseberry Farms in Benton
A short drive from Little Rock, Benton or Hot Springs reveals a pumpkin patch operated by three brothers on a 56-acre farm. Offerings include homegrown pumpkins in the 3-acre, a pick-your-own patch; farm animal visits with chickens, goats and rabbits; hayrides and thrills on the tractor-pulled barrel ride; a hay fort; tricycle races, face painting, potato sack races and lots of photo opportunities. Treats at a small concession stand will also be available.
12223 Hwy. 9, Benton. $7, children under 2 free; pumpkin prices vary.
Sept. 30-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; available by reservation Monday-Friday for field trips. For info: (501) 722-8545, Roseberry-Farms.com.
15. Schaefers and Collins Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at Lollie in Mayflower
A hayride takes kids to the patch to pick out a pumpkin. Then they can meet the barnyard animals and tumble around a play area with hay tunnels, cut-outs for pictures, a large sandbox, swings and extras. On weekends, delight in train and pony rides, bounce houses and face painting. Later in the month, families can go on a spooky haunted nighttime hayride. Next stop is the corn maze next door (a separate business) that sports a different design each year.
Pumpkin patch: 864 Lollie Road, Mayflower. $6 (cash or check only) includes play area, barnyard animals, hayride and a pumpkin; other attractions and concessions available for additional fees.
Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 23-Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday. For info: (501) 470-3127, SchaefersPumpkinPatch.com.
Corn maze: $7, seniors ages 60 and up $6, children ages 3-12 $5, children under 3 free; mini corn maze, hayride and train ride $3 each.
The maze will be open late Sept.-Nov.; check website for updates. Noon-10:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 1-7 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 269-7903, CornMazeAtLollie.com.
16. Arkansas Portable Pumpkin Patch
Schools, churches, daycares and families can summon the fun of the pumpkin patch to them through the Arkansas Portable Pumpkin Patch, which is based outside Conway. On-farm pick your-own pumpkins are available as well, for kids who really enjoy trudging through the patch.
50 Daughtery Hill Road, Conway
Call for reservations: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Call ahead. For info: (501) 703-8147.