The Ultimate Baltimore Area Pumpkin Picking Guide

Your perfect match is waiting at these local patches, parties, orchards, and farms.

Courtesy: Baltimore Magazine

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: Mon.-Thurs.: 3-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun.: 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: Mon.-Fri.: 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? Strongly recommended for the hayride.

To Oct 30: Butler’s Orchard
22222 Davis Mill Road. Germantown.
Hours: Wed.–Fri.: 1 p.m.– 6 p.m. (Last entry 4:30 p.m.)
Sat., Sun., and Columbus Day: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Last entry 4:30 PM)
How Far? About 33 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? You can make them online, here.
Harvest Highlights: Enjoy pick-your-own pumpkins (priced at 75 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.

To Oct 31: Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery
4356 Chapel Road. Perry Hall.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How Far? About 12 miles from Charm City.
Reservations? No
Harvest Highlights: Come for the pumpkins. Stay for the pony rides, kettle corn, fresh-baked goods, and Libby’s frozen treats.

To Nov. 6: Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike. Ellicott City.
Hours: Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends: 10 a.m.-5:30 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 cute  “kid-sized” pumpkin of their choice.  They can also take a pony ride, climb aboard the cow train, and visit furry friends at the beloved petting zoo.

To Oct 31: Gaver Farm
5501 Detrick Road. 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 30: Knightongale Farm
3924 Solomons Island Road. 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. Purchase tickets online here.
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.

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