Hickory Nut Gap Farm kicked off its fall season activities over the weekend (their fall season will run through November 2, 2014). The farm has a blanket admission ($7 a person or free for kids two and under) which includes access to the corn maze, tricycle race track, tire swings, culvert slides, and a whole slew of baby animals. Hay rides, horse rides, and kiddie carts are also available for $5 a person.
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to visit the farm with gorgeous weather and generally low crowds. Animals on display included goats (with a loft set up that you have to see for yourself), baby chicks, horses, and turkeys. The culvert slides were a hit with my girls (ages 3 and 4) and the tricycle track was a big hit with everyone involved.
It looked like we were some of the first people through the corn maze (which proved to be a little more challenging than it originally looked!). Farm trivia helps orient the wandering hoards through the maze, and a wrong answer will result in some back tracking. The girls had fun in the maze, but hitting it after several hours on the farm was a mistake on our part as exhaustion was starting to set in.
In addition to the featured attractions, Hickory Nut Gap Farm has several nice places to enjoy a picnic lunch (including picnic tables right by the creek). The Vieux Carre food truck was on hand to serve up cajun and creole cuisine while we were there and the farm store had fresh apples, ciders, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm meats available for purchase. There were also a number of other items available for other area food producers available at the farm store. The girls spent most of their time hanging out in the creek on the way to the farm maze, taking time to wade around and get some relief from the hot weather.
I’d definitely recommend the trip out to Hickory Nut Gap Farms, we had a blast and I also got to enjoy the solace that comes along with an exhausted three and four year old (i.e. nap time was a rare success). Schedule a couple of hours so that you’re not rushed while you’re there.