Of all our yearly family traditions, driving to North Georgia is one of the most fun. Every fall, when the weather cools down, we drive through the Ellijay and Dawsonville area to explore. Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is a can’t miss stop and a family-favorite on our trip. If you’re looking for “all the fall feels,” then you’ve got to head to Burt’s and bring the whole family.
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North Georgia Pumpkin Picking: Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
The story of Burt’s Farm dates back to 1800’s and the property actually included the nearby Amicalola Falls State Park. Today, the farm is located across the state park area (and does not include that land). Since the 1970’s it’s been a family affair and they’ve been selling pumpkins. Each year, thousands of guests flock to see their diverse selection of pumpkins. The mountain backdrop and cool crisp air make it a unique experience. It’s 100% better than buying a pumpkin from your local grocery store – plus you’re supporting a small business.
Pumpkins Picking At Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
The family sells 50 – 70 acres of pumpkins every year. Families can shop the pumpkin yard to find the perfect gourd to take home. In total, they sell twenty varieties of pumpkins. They offer HUGE (150 pound) pumpkins that run up to $100, down to small pumpkins that average $5 – $7 each. Families can shop with the wheelbarrows that the farm offers, which makes it a bit easier to take home nice bounty of fall produce. I love to make my Layered Pumpkin Cake With Ganache Topping after our visit.
Family Hayrides At Burt’s
One of the attractions that makes Burt’s extraordinary are their hayrides. The kids absolutely love the hayrides. During peak season, in October, the line can be pretty long for hayrides. Guests need to purchase tickets, in a line, and then wait in line again for the hayride. When we’re visiting Burt’s Pumpkin Farm with toddlers, I let my Husband wait in the lines while the kids keep looking at the pumpkin yard.
On the hayride, the two mascots, Autumn and Gordy, tell the story of Burt’s. Guests can see the back of the pumpkin fields, sunflowers, a great view of Amicalola Falls and the tractor drives through a gorgeous covered bridge. Make sure you have your camera ready for some great shots.
Hayride Price: $6/person (children under two are free)
Other Produce Available At Burt’s
During the fall season, Burt’s also sells winter squash, gourds and Indian corn. The prices are so much better than the grocery stores as well. I always stock up on butternut squash and spaghetti squash to enjoy later in recipes. During the late summer season, you can shop for tomatoes, peaches, green beans, watermelon, strawberries and sweet corn. Their country store is open all year round with fresh produce selection – even when they’re not selling pumpkins yet.
Specialty Products & Baked Goods
There’s one thing that nobody can ignore when they visit Burt’s and that is the amazing smell of freshly baked pumpkin goods. Guests can purchase homemade pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, apple bread and even pumpkin doughnuts. I highly recommend the pumpkin pies and you can even freeze one for Thanksgiving dessert. Our kids always enjoy a popcorn ball as an afternoon treat when we go.
Burt’s also sells some homemade squash beauty products that you can only find on the farm. The squash juices are known for improving hair and skin quality. They sell shampoos, conditioner and lotions that smell amazing too.
Parking, Accessibility & Guest Policies At Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
The pumpkin farm is so popular during peak October season that traffic will back up on GA Highway 52. There are always a ton of cars trying to maneuver the highway between Burt’s and Amicalola Falls, so you have to be patient while driving. Of course both attractions are busier on the weekends too.
The farm offers handicap parking, but there’s limited availability and it’s hard to find a parking spot when the farm is busy. They have an offer flow parking lot, where guests have to walk through a covered bridge to get into the farm. I recommend bringing a portable wheelchair, or walker, if you can’t park near the front entrance.
If you’re bringing young kids to the farm, it is a stroller-friendly area. However, the strollers are hard to maneuver around the mulched pumpkin yard. I would opt for a baby carrier instead of a stroller to make things easier.
Pets are NOT allowed at Burt’s (dogs are allowed at Amicalola State Park though).
Photo Opportunities At Burt’s
One of the main reasons why we come back year after year are for the great family photos. The farm is a beautiful backdrop for photos. Seeing the cute little babies sitting around the huge pumpkins makes for an adorable photo (sitting on the pumpkins is prohibited). The hayride, pumpkin yard and the tractors are all cute photo spots. Definitely bring a camera for your visit and make some memories.
Hours vary monthly throughout the year, depending on the season. Check their website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.
May – August
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Open Daily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Weekend Hayrides until Mid-September
Open Daily 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Hayrides daily until 5pm
Open Til November 10th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Hayrides daily until 4pm
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