By Regan Black
Fall: the season of apple picking, pumpkin carving, and coffee making. Alas, we live in the beautiful state of Tennessee, where it is swelteringly hot and practically a tropical rainforest during most of the year. Knowing the conundrum of our weather, traditional fall festivities seem impossible. However, there are some available to us in the area, such as pumpkin patches, historical events, and of course...scary mazes. However, I am focusing on pumpkin patches.
Good pumpkin patches that stand out near K-Town may not be close or as plentiful as they are in colder states, yet there are a handful that should be around an hour or so drive from Powell. That list includes:
Autumn Acres: 1096 Baier Rd Crossville, TN 38571
Opens September 15 to November 4- Open Mon-Thurs by appointment 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m.CST, Fri-public 1p.m.-10p.m. CST, Sat- 10 a.m.-10 p.m. CST, Sun- 1 p.m.-6 p.m. CST. Admission fees- General: $12 VIP: $17. Activities include (for general admission): various playground activities, corn mazes, and a wagon ride
Ballinger Farms:** all the information on the website was the 2017 information at the time this was written** 2738 Renfro Rd Jefferson City, TN 37760 $10 Admission, Activities include: corn mazes, wagon rides, and a really fun playground thing.
Deep Well Farm: **the website was super confusing the calendar did not match** 9567 U.S. 11 E, Lenoir City, TN, Open Weekends in Oct, $10/$16, Activities include: a corn maze package, a pumpkin patch package that includes: farm animal visits and a playground,
Oakes Farm: Oakes Farm 8240 Corryton Road Corryton, TN 37721 Opens Sept 22, General Admission- $11.95, ( if you want a pumpkin add $5.50), Activities include: different playground activities, corn mazes, and a hay maze.
The websites were not all that thorough with all the information needed if you wish to go.