By Guest Blogger Jessica Sizemore
Hay rides, pumpkin picking, roasting hotdogs and smores, a pretty backdrop of Pilot Mountain for that perfect fall family photo … Sign me up! Yep, I am that mom that covets the perfectly orchestrated fall family outing where there is a balance of kids having fun, minimal whining and all things fall-related that I can document on my mantle with that perfectly cropped photo with all the fall colors. Add in a hot dog and a smore and I am sold.
My mother-in-law recently celebrated her birthday, and all she wanted was a family afternoon at Huckleberry Mountain Farm with her family and extra time with the grandkids. Yep, she is a saint and her love language is quality time for sure. Easy peasy. We made a plan to go on Sunday afternoon after church and when we pulled up to the farm we were greeted by Greg Pratt and Leeann Gallimore with the biggest smiles and all the Stokes County charm. Huckleberry Mountain farm is 98 acres of family owned farmland.
Command central is set up under a tobacco barn for check-in. The tractor and trailer for the hay ride were already set up and ready. We started with the hay ride. The kids were given a scavenger hunt page for items to look for along the way. The trailer is one of the nicest I have ever ridden in for a hay ride! There is actually no hay, which is great for me and at least one of my kids who happen to avoid all things that could hide spiders. No thank you. We rode through some wooded areas, through big fields, by a pond where a lovely scarecrow is out fishing, and headed into a clearing. Greg stopped the trailer and had us turn around to the most lovely view of Pilot Mountain. We stopped and took photos. The curve of the covered trailer provided the most adorable frame and Greg kindly offered to take pictures for us. We then continued on to another clearing where the whole family raced through a hay bale maze and my son smoked us all. The end prize for everyone is a small pumpkin hidden in a trailer covered by straw that you dig for. After that, each family can pick a larger pumpkin to take home. They are grown right on site.
After this we made our way back to the main clearing and were able to have some family photos taken in the most adorable set up with hay bales, mums and pumpkins with Pilot Mountain in the backdrop. The kids climbed up into several of the large tractors and even into the wheel wells for a picture. We roasted hot dogs and enjoyed a cold drink. They had soda and water for us in addition to all the smores and hotdog supplies we could need. The fire pit is surrounded by big logs that the owner split and sawed himself. Just down the hill are several simple games for the kids to play including pumpkin bowling, witch ping pong and horseshoes with pumpkins. My son and mother in law got into an epic race with stick horses and posed for pictures on a saddle.
It started to rain so our smores were packed up and sent home with us but that did not dampen our fun at all. We had a terrific time at Huckleberry Mountain Farm. It holds all the rustic charm of a pumpkin patch for a family friendly afternoon.
They are located at 1400 Perch Road in Pinnacle, NC about 25 minutes north of Winston. They are open in October on the weekends.
More information on prices and operating hours can be found on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/HuckleberryMtnFarm/
You can also email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have a group, call before for reservations. 336-971-3165
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