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Hill Ridge Farms: Big Entertainment in a Small Town

Updated on March 9, 2011
Entrance to Hill Ridge Farms
Entrance to Hill Ridge Farms

Hill Ridge Farms

Smack in the middle of pretty much nowhere, a mile or so from tiny Youngsville, NC you can find a gem of a family entertainment facility:  Hill Ridge Farms.  All through the year the farm is a place to find farm animals, antiques, old-fashioned toys and a country store that sells foods that take parents and grandparents down memory lane. There’s even an onsite food vendor, The Chuck Wagon Grill.


For family visits, Hill Ridge Farms also has a picnic ground, panning for gems, and antique farm equipment on display.  They even advertise that families can book birthday parties on the farm


A maze of fun
A maze of fun

A Place for Kids

Hill Ridge Farms is also a great place for school field trips.  They provide several play areas, including train and hayrides, a maze and other playground pieces for kids to play in and on, a giant slide and educational exhibits.


Hundreds of pumpkins beautifully displayed
Hundreds of pumpkins beautifully displayed

Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival

Each year in October, Hill Ridge Farms goes all out and celebrates the onset of fall with its Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival.  This is a major event attended by hundreds of visitors.  The cost varies depending on what you want to do, but for only $10.00 per person, a family can have a daylong adventure full of fun and education. If you take a hayride, your family can get a free pumpkin from the beautiful, huge pumpkin patch right there on the grounds.


Fall Mums and pumpkins on display
Fall Mums and pumpkins on display

Great Facilities: Well Attended

I attended the 2010 Fall Harvest and Pumpkin festival October 2 and was awed by the crowd, the exhibits, the play areas, and the assorted food vendors. The event was fully staffed, which made parking and movement from one event to another very easy. The festival celebrates fall by showcasing and selling fall mums, and it celebrates pumpkins by giving them away. Hill Ridge Farms seems a magnificent find, worth the admission fee regardless of when you visit.

To get to Hill Ridge Farms, travel from Raleigh via US 1N to a right onto Holden Rd at the Youngsville exit.  Travel 4 miles. The farm will be on the left.


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Oh. This is lovely - lots of fun for kids too and only $10 for the whole day. Thanks for the photos.

      Best Wishes.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I love Hillridge Farms! Plan to take my little great grand son for a visit soon. Good hub, Jackie.