Travel & Outdoors

The Ultimate Baltimore Area Pumpkin Picking Guide

Your perfect match is waiting at these local patches, parties, orchards, and farms.
Pumpkins and other local goods on display at Buppert's/Doran's Chance Farm in Marriottsville. —Courtesy of Buppert's/Doran's Chance Farm via Facebook

Sure, the sentiment is trite, but there’s just something about fall that makes us want to pick a pumpkin. Each year, in the days leading up to Halloween—and often, Thanksgiving Day—nearly everything we touch reflects the jovial gourds, from our chosen frothy sips to cozy porch decor. And, almost as if on cue, a plethora of picturesque orchards, farms, and pumpkin patches (near and far) have begun to embrace the seasonal fun. 

Below, you’ll find our master list of pumpkin-picking spots, which will help with everything from baking perfect pies to carving spooky jack-o-lanterns this season.  

To Oct 31: Baugher’s Orchards and Farms
1015 Baugher Rd. Westminster
Hours: Weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How Far? About 32 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? Call the Pick-Your-Own Hotline at 410-857-0111
Harvest Highlights: Pick-your-own pumpkins with a hayride to the patch, plus play zones, scarecrows, a petting zoo, and more. As always, sweets—including Baugher’s famous apple cider donuts—are a must.

To Oct 31: Brookfield Pumpkins
8302 Ramsburg Road. Thurmont
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 3-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.
How Far? About 44 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? No
Harvest Highlights: Pick your own pumpkins, gourds, and squash (priced from $1-20, based on size.)

To Oct 31: Buppert’s/ Doran’s Chance Farm
6914 Ridge Road, Marriotsville
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Weekends from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
How Far? About 18 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? Call for times and rates. Don’t forget to grab a hayride ticket here.
Harvest Highlights: Hitch a hayride to the “U-Pick Patch,” select your perfect pumpkin (any size,) and enjoy unlimited rounds of family corn maze fun.
Face Mask? You’ll need one for the hayride.

To Oct 31: Butler’s Orchard
22222 Davis Mill Rd. Germantown.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
How Far? About 33 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them online, here.
Harvest Highlights: Enjoy pick-your-own pumpkins (priced at 69 cents per pound,) hilltop jump pads, pedal tractors, corn hole games, and straw maze mischief. Also available: pony rides, face paint, giant slides, and pumpkin cannons.

Pumpkin cannon attraction at Butler's Orchard in Germantown. —Nicole Glass Photogrpahy/Shutterstock

To Oct 31: Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery
4356 Chapel Rd. Perry Hall.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Weekends from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
How Far? About 12 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? No
Harvest Highlights: Come for the pumpkins (priced at 59 cents per pound.) Stay for the pony rides, kettle corn, fresh-baked goods, and Leiby’s frozen treats.

To Oct 31: Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike. Ellicott City.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Also open Monday, Oct 11 (Columbus Day) from  10 a.m.-5 p.m.
How Far? About 15 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here.
Harvest Highlights: Kiddos get a hayride to the pumpkin patch and one“kid-sized” pumpkin of their choice for a $3 ticket add-on. They can also take a pony ride, climb aboard the cow train, and visit furry friends at the beloved petting zoo.
Face Mask? Unvaccinated visitors will need one (both indoors and outdoors.)

To Oct 31: Gaver Farm
5501 Detrick Rd. Mount Airy
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
How Far? About 34 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here.
Harvest Highlights: Gaver Farm visitors can pick their own sunflowers, apples, and pumpkins. Also worth mentioning are mini mazes, jumping pillows, pedal karts, animals, and farm fresh grub.

To Oct 31: Knightongale Farm
3924 Solomons Island Rd. Harwood.
Hours: Weekends from 10 a.m.-5p.m.
How Far? About 27 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? First come, first served admission until 4 p.m. daily.
Harvest Highlights: In addition to pumpkins (priced at 59 cents per pound,) be sure to take advantage of a moon bounce, pedal tractors, farm games, cow-milking, and petting zoo fun.

Scenes from Gaver Farm. —Courtesy of Gaver Farm via Facebook

To Oct 31: Mary’s A-Maze-Ing Pumpkins
Mary’s Land Farm. 4979 Sheppard Lane. Ellicott City.
Hours: Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How Far? About 18 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here
Harvest Highlights: As always, be sure to partake in some requisite corn maze fun. You can also take a trip through the pumpkin patch, enjoy live tunes, and feast on food truck bites.

To Nov 7: Montpelier Farms
1720 Crain Highway North. Upper Marlboro.
Hours: Find October and November hours here.
How Far? About 30 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? Admission to the pumpkin patch is free. Fall Festival tickets sold here.
Harvest Highlights: Traverse a pick-your-own pumpkin patch (selections five pounds and under priced $3; others 60 cents per pound) or purchase a Fall Festival ticket to enjoy hill slides, pumpkin bowling, and more.

To Nov: Rock Hill Orchard
28600 Ridge Road. Mount Airy
Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
How Far? About 31 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here.
Harvest Highlights: Pick pumpkins from the vine, pluck apples for your pies, and saunter through the sunflowers. Before heading home, traverse the corn maze—and say hello to Rock Hill’s friendly calves. 

Summers Farm
5620 Butterfly Lane. Frederick
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 1-7 p.m.; Friday: 1-9:30 p.m.
How Far? About 47 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here
Harvest Highlights: Catch a wagon to the pick-your-own patch. Plus, get the kiddos riled up with everything from farmer mini golf and tug of war to an obstacle course and giant tunnel slides.

The corn maze at Butler's Orchard in Germantown. —Nicole Glass Photography/Shutterstock

To Oct 30: Valley View Farms
11035 York Rd. Cockeysville.
Hours: 8 a.m.-7p.m.
How Far? About 14 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? No.
Harvest Highlights: Take your pick of pumpkins of all sizes—and guess how many seeds are in the biggest one. As always, WBAL’s Tom Tasselmyer makes the final count. Winners take home gift card prizes.

To Nov 7: Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
2526 Proctor Lane. Parkville.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
How Far? About 9 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here.
Face Mask? You’ll need one to enjoy the Boo Barn.
Harvest Highlights: Pick pumpkins, sip on cider, and partake in a host of wholesome barnyard fun. (Think: play structures, face painting, mini mazes, gem mining, hillside slides, tire climbing and more.)

To Oct 31: Winterbrook Farms
13001 Creagerstown Rd. Thurmont.
Hours: Friday: 1-6 p.m.; Weekends from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
How Far? About 46 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them here
Harvest Highlights: Pick your own pumpkins (priced at 59 cents per pound,) and enjoy more than 25 attractions including mini ziplines, giant corn boxes, five miles of corn maze, and an interactive farm.

MORE FALL FUN

To Oct 31: B&O’s Pumpkin Patch Express
B&O Railroad Museum. 901 W Pratt St.
Hours: 12-1:30 p.m.
Harvest Highlights: This roundtrip excursion to the B&O’s pumpkin patch and First Mile Stable wraps up at the museum with an afternoon of pumpkin decorating, snacks, festive games, and carnival rides.

Oct 20: 9th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Don’t Know Tavern
Don’t Know Tavern. 1453 Light St.
Hours: Starting at 5 p.m.
Reservations?  You can make one in-person, or email [email protected] in advance.
Harvest Highlights: Attendees can carve pumpkins, munch on roasted seeds, and toast the start of the season with a selection of sips. We can only expect plenty of fall beers, fruity ciders, and pumpkin meads to make their seasonal rounds.

Oct 24: Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Fest
Rash Field. 300 Key Highway.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harvest Highlights: Experience the country in the Inner Harbor with a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pony rides, and more. Plus, enjoy a trackless train ride, fall crafts, face painting, and cookie decorating.