Its-The-Great-Pumpkin-Charlie-BrownI love Fall. With its warm sunny days and cool crisp nights, it’s a great time to experience all that Loudoun has to offer. The seeds of our agricultural heritage have provided a bounty of experiences that really make a visit to Loudoun memorable.

First stop: the pumpkin patch. And I’m not just talking about a field of pumpkins. I’m talking about a place where you can spend a day soaking up all that Fall has to offer. In Loudoun, you can get your pumpkin right at the source too! Visit Loudoun’s largest u-pick patch is just south of the village of Bluemont at Great Country Farms. Best of all, at GCF, they deliver you on on a wagon. Other fun at the farm in October is the Oinkintucky Derby Pig Races, the 2800 sq ft. Pumpkin Jumpin' Pillow,and  the Double Barrel 60' Slide. At the Leesburg Animal Park’s Pumpkinville, enjoy hay wagon rides, a 200 ft. kids zip line, a spider’s lair crawl thru, giant hill slides, rope swings, a spooky pirate ship, and all you can eat apples and fresh cider. Yum! There’s also a coupon! So, enjoy your visit to our pumpkin patches. Or, just head out to Wegmeyer Farms near Hamilton – they have more than 20 varieties of pumpkins! Oh, and keep an eye out for the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Loudoun is a great place to get lost too, where you can surround yourself with mazes of corn or hay. Loudoun’s signature corn maze is Temple Hall Farm’s 24 acre Corn Maize. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts, this year’s maze is in the shape of the Boy Scouts badge. Temple Hall also features corn cannons, pig races, a paintball shooting gallery, jumping pillows, the cow train. A coupon is available too. Other corn mazes can be found at Wegmeyer Farms, Great Country Farms, and Llayng’s Flower Farm. Or,  head to Leesburg Animal Park’s Pumpkinville and their haunted maze.

You can also plan your visit around one of our fall festivals. One of the best ways to experience Loudoun’s rural character this season is during the Loudoun County Farm Color Tour, held the weekend of October 16-17. This self guided driving tour features horses, sheep and alpacas in their natural environments. You can also pick-your-own apples and pumpkins,  tour a nursery, or visit a winery. Enjoy the colors, people and products of Loudoun during these two days of fun, education, and agritainment.

Two other great events are the Aldie Harvest Festival in the two-hundred year old village of Aldie, and the 6th Annual Autumn Apple Festival at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, where you can learn how to make cider and apple butter. Can I get another yum?

Have fun! And be sure to take lots of photos and video too. If you do, post them to our Facebook page.