From 10-acre corn mazes that twist and turn, to hayrides that end with pumpkin patches, there are many places in Franklin County to help celebrate fall.
A 10-acre corn maze is the highlight of Country Creek Produce Farm in Chambersburg. This year, the maze has an aviation theme, and starting September 19, the corn maze and pumpkin patch will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open 10 a.m. to dusk on Fridays and Saturdays. The farm is open three Sundays this year, on October 11, 18, and 25.
There are many other fun things to do on site, including slides, duck races, games, barrel trains and, of course, don’t forget the pumpkin cannon. For an additional fee, visitors can load pumpkins into an air compressed cannon and try to hit targets. Pumpkins are available to be picked straight from the patch as well as other produce for the colder months.
Reynolds Pumpkin Farm in Waynesboro is another great place to stop. The farm originally started off as a working dairy farm in 1982 but they also grew vegetables such as sweet corn, peppers and tomatoes. In 1997, the owners sold the cows and started growing pumpkins, gourds and fall decorations.
The farm opens September 19 and runs Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the farm is open from noon to 6 p.m. The farm sells pumpkins, mums, decorations, honey and jams and is open for school tours.
For one admission price, the farm includes a viewing zoo, acres of playgrounds, mega slides, wagon rides, mazes and for an extra fee, gem mining, barrel train rides, face painting and the corn cannon are on the farm.
Season passes are available to purchase for admission for hayrides, the corn maze and the rest of the farm for $18, with last year season pass holders get a $1 off a pass for this year.
How about an experience on a working local dairy farm? Stoner’s Dairy Farm in Mercersburg will be opening up on August 29 and features a 5-acre corn maze, petting zoo, play area, hayride and delicious treats for sale. The grounds will be open through November 1 from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Need a pumpkin for Halloween? No problem. Stoner’s has mums, pumpkins and other fall decorative items available for purchase.
Speaking of dairy farms, try some delicious milk. With Franklin County as Pennsylvania’s second largest producer of milk, the area is filled with cheese, ice cream, delicious desserts and fresh, hormone-free milk.
For the adventurous one, try the corn cannon and shoot corn cobs to hit targets to get your name on the Wall of Fame! From cars to scarecrows, try your luck at hitting your targets in a nearby field on the property.
Don’t forget the Harvest Farm Festival at Stoner’s Farm on October 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission includes their famous 5-acre corn maze, live music, magic show, pony rides, hayrides, arena events, petting zoo, pumpkin judging, farm tours and pig race show. Homemade ice cream, kettle popcorn, soups, sandwiches, fresh-cut fries, unique snacks and baked goods will be available to munch on during the day.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more….plan your visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com , by contacting 866.646.8060 or 717.552.2977.