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Where to Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins in Washington

Plus, where to find nearby hayrides, corn mazes, fall festivals, and more.
Where to Pick Your Own Apples and Pumpkins in Washington
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Baugher’s Orchards and Farms

1015 Baugher Rd., Westminster, MD; 410-857-0111

Distance from DC: About 70 miles.

Pumpkins: Take a two-dollar hay ride to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are 49-cents per pound.

Apples: A one-dollar wagon ride to the orchard will get you one step closer to Red and Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Empire, Jonagold, Shizuka, and Fuji apples for $1.29 per pound.

Added fun: Try their apple fritters, apple cider doughnuts, and apple cider slushies. The weekend Fall Harvest Festival has a free petting zoo, pit beef, ham, and burgers, face painting, music, funnel cake, and homemade fudge.

Picking hours: Weekends in October, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Butler’s Orchard

22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown, MD; 301-972-3299

Distance from DC: About 30 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 65-cents per pound.

Apples: Grab your Stayman apples for $1.89 per pound.

Added fun: Try the salted caramel apple roll, pecan bars, and sweet apple cider. Catch the Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October, 10 AM to 5 PM, for hayrides, a twisted corn maze, games, and live music. $11 admission.

Picking hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Gaver Tree Farm

5501 Detrick Rd., Mount Airy, MD; 301-865-3515

Distance from DC: About 50 miles.

Pumpkins: Take a free hayride at noon or 5 PM to the pumpkin patch, or opt for a brief walk instead.

Apples: Free hayrides to the orchards run continuously on weekends, when you can pick Fuji and Cameo apples. Purchase a picking bag ($20 per peck; $32 per half bushel) for up to four people.

Added fun: Try the homemade fudge, caramel apples, and kettle corn. Enjoy the daily Fall Fun Festival ($7 per person on weekdays; $9.50 on weekends) with activities that include a corn maze, petting zoo, photo centers, games, and rides. See the Fall Fun Nights lineup for s’mores and a moonlit corn maze.

Picking hours: Pumpkins: daily through November 2, 10 AM to 6 PM. Apples: weekends through October, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Great Country Farms

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont, VA; 540-554-2073

Distance from DC: About 60 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 59-cents per pound.

Apples: Apples are $1.99 per pound.

Added fun: Try the cider doughnuts, hand-dipped Virginia pumpkin ice cream, cider-pork barbecue sandwiches, and baked apple pie. Admission to the Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival ($10 on weekdays; $12 on weekends) includes pig races, a pumpkin-mashing dinosaur, a corn maze, and pumpkin CANNONS!

Picking hours: Daily, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Hartland Orchard

3064 Hartland Ln., Markham, VA; 540-364-2316

Distance from DC: About 60 miles.

Pumpkins: Two pumpkin patches are open on weekends.

Apples: Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Gala, and Jonagold apples are ready for picking at $12 per half-bushel.

Added fun: Try the corn maze, or stop by the cider press on weekends.

Picking hours: Open daily through November 1, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Homestead Farm

15604 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville, MD; 301-977-3761

Distance from DC: About 25 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 59-cents per pound.

Apples: Fuji, Suncrisp, Cameo, and Enterprise apples are $1.99 per pound.

Added fun: Look for apple cider, fall mums, and honey at the farm’s market. Three-dollar hayrides to the pumpkin patch run on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Picking hours: Open seven days a week, rain or shine, 9 AM to 5 PM through October 31.

Larriland Farm

2415 Woodbine Rd., Woodbine, MD; 410-442-2605 or 301-854-6110

Distance from DC: About 30 miles.

Pumpkins: Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch.

Apples: Stayman, Wine Crisp, and Cameo apples are available as of October 8.

Added fun: Shop for fresh apple cider, jams, jellies, and Flint corn at the farm’s store. A straw maze is open Tuesday through Sunday ($6.50 per person), or try the tractor-drawn hayride (weekends 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, $4 per person).

Picking hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus Day, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Mackintosh Fruit Farm

1608 Russell Rd., Berryville, VA; 540-955-6225

Distance from DC: About 70 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 59-cents per pound.

Apples: Pick from Golden Delicious, Jonagolds, Early Fuji, Crimson Crisp, and Criterion apples for $1.49 per pound, or Honey Crisp apples for $1.99 per pound.

Added fun: Visit the farm’s bakery for apple pie, apple cakes, and cookies.

Picking hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 8 AM to 6PM.

Milburn Orchards

1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, MD; 410-398-1349

Distance from DC: About 95 miles.

Pumpkins: Shop already picked pumpkins.

Apples: Enjoy a free wagon ride to the orchards, where you can pick Stayman Winesap, Cameo, and Mutzu apples for $1.55 per pound.

Added fun: Pies, apple cider doughnuts, and caramel apples are available for sale. A $10-admission ticket to the Fall Festival Weekends (10 AM to 5 PM) includes hayrides, corn mazes, a tractor tire tower, a farmyard playground, pony rides, and more.

Picking hours: Weekends only through October, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Rock Hill Orchard

28600 Ridge Rd., Mount Airy, MD; 301-831-7427 or 240-207-3732

Distance from DC: About 40 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 59-cents per pound.

Apples: Pick your own Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, and Jonagold apples for $1.39 per pound.

Added fun: Try the hot cider, apple doughnuts, ice cream, or Golden Guernsey milk from the onsite Woodbourne Creamery. Take a hayride to the nine-acre corn maze, or try pumpkin chunking on a cannon with a 3,700-foot range.

Picking hours: October: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. November: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM.

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm

4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, MD; 410-489-2572

Distance from DC: About 30 miles.

Pumpkins: Catch a free ride to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are 59-cents per pound.

Apples: Shop the store for apples; picking season has ended.

Added fun: Visit the country store for jams, jellies, preserves, and condiments. Browse the honey, cider, and baked good selection, as well. Plus, there’s a corn maze ($7 for adults, $5 for children).

Picking hours: Weekends through November 8, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Stribling Orchard

11587 Poverty Hollow Ln, Markham, VA; 540-364-3040

Distance from DC: About 60 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are $1.50 per pound.

Apples: Pick-your-own Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Gold Delicious, and Grimes Golden apples are $15 per peck, $25 per half-bushel.

Added fun: Visit the bakery during weekend hours for apple cinnamon raisin bread, apple cake, or pumpkin pie. Stop by the Harvest House for local cider, honey, jams, and more. The farm also has historic buildings, farm animals, and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Picking hours: Tuesday through Sunday through early November, 9 AM to 5 PM.

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