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Friday, October 12, 2007; 12:00 AM

Fairfax County | Fauquier County | Frederick County | Loudoun County | Orange County | Prince William County | Rappahannock County | Shenandoah County | Spotsylvania County

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Fairfax County

BURKE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTRE 9401 Burke Rd., Burke. 703-323-1188. http://www.pumpkinplayground.com. Nursery open daily 9 to 9 year-round. The nursery holds its 13th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground daily 9 to 9, with additional weekend activities Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5, through Oct. 31. Admission ($11 on weekends $8 on weekdays, free for kids younger than 2) includes a softball-size pumpkin and a hayride on a wheelchair-accessible wagon. Other daily highlights include a fort reached by tunnels, pirate- and western-themed activities, mechanical rides, a tepee, several slides, tumbling tubes and a rope swing. Weekends offer additional activities; some require fees.

COX FARMS 15621 Braddock Rd., at Pleasant Valley and Braddock roads, midway between Routes 29 and 50, about five miles west of Centreville. 703-830-4121. http://www.coxfarms.com. Open daily 10 to 6 through Nov. 4. Weekend admission is $13, free for kids younger than 2. Weekday admission, which includes fewer activities, is $8, free for kids younger than 2. A new four-lane Dino-Slide joins the farm's lineup of giant slides, which also includes a smoking Volcano Rumble Slide and other mountain slides. Other Fall Festival weekend highlights, spread across more than 90 acres, include a hayride with abundant surprises, goats, baby animals, Farmer Jack's Milking Show, unlimited apples and cider, and rope swings over foam pits. Each visitor can choose a small pumpkin. Bring post-Halloween pumpkins to Cox on Nov. 3 and 4 for "Pumpkin Madness," when pumpkins get hurled, dropped, squished and smashed.

HEATHER HILL GARDENS 8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, a half-mile south of Lee Chapel Road. 703-690-6060. Open Monday-Friday 10 to 6, Saturdays 10 to 5:30 and Sundays 11 to 5:30 through October. Pony rides, $3, Saturdays 10 to 4 and Sundays 11 to 4. $4 per person, free for age 2 and younger. Admission includes a small pumpkin, a pumpkin fort play area, farm animals and assorted children's activities.

KROP'S CROPS 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-430-8955. Open daily 10 to 6 through October. Take a tractor-pulled hayride, $2, to the 21-year-old produce market's pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Features geared toward young children include farm animals and straw and corn play activities.

MEADOWS FARMS 10618 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. 703-759-3900. http://www.meadowsfarms.com. Hours vary seasonally and by location; open through Dec. 24. A free Fall Festival, held during the garden center's business hours through Oct. 31, includes slides, giant scarecrows and crawling pipes. A free moon bounce is available Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 20 and 21. Activities also at locations at 5043 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, 540-786-8171; 1360 E. Market St., Leesburg, 703-777-1900; 5074 Lee Hwy., Warrenton, 540-341-0020; and 5432 Old National Pike, Frederick, 301-473-5411.

MOUNT VERNON Southern end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. 703-780-2000. http://www.mountvernon.org. Each child 11 and younger receives a free pumpkin while supplies last during Fall Harvest Family Days Oct. 20 and 21 from 9 to 5 at the "George Washington: Pioneer Farmer" site at George Washington's home. Admission ($13 adults, $12 seniors, $6 ages 6 to 11 and free for age 5 and younger) includes entry into the estate and gardens. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price throughout the weekend. Visitors can take wagon rides, see a reenactor dressed as Washington, navigate a straw bale maze and try hands-on 18th-century activities. Colonial demonstrations focus on such skills as blacksmithing, cooking and wheat treading. Visitors also can see farm animals and, free with Mount Vernon admission, explore the nearby George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill.

NALLS PRODUCE 7310 Beulah St., Alexandria. 703-971-4068. Open Monday-Saturday 9 to 7, Sundays 9 to 6 in October. This month, children can visit a free pumpkin tunnel at this fruit and vegetable stand, which sells seasonal produce and specialty products.

Fauquier County

APPLE RIDGE RANCH 3549 Fiery Run Rd. (Route 726), Linden. Take Interstate 66 west to Markham, Exit 18, Route 688, and turn left under Interstate 66. Go right on Route 55 west and travel about 1.5 miles to left on Fiery Run Road (Route 726). Go about 1.5 miles to the top of the S-curve in the road; farm is on the left. 540-364-2079. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 to dark through Oct. 29. This family-oriented pick-your-own apple farm has a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and sells honey.

THE CORN MAZE IN THE PLAINS Route 245 north, off Interstate 66 west, adjacent to the Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market, The Plains. 540-456-7339. http://www.cornmazeintheplains.com. Open Friday-Sunday 10 to 6 through Nov. 4. The maze also will open for moonlight visits Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3 from 6 to 10; last tickets sold at 8:30. $9, $7 ages 4 to 12, free for age 3 and younger. Carved in the shape of a jumping horse, the five-acre, organically grown corn maze offers 2 1/2 miles of trails and an educational map activity. Admission includes a hayride, barnyard play area and farm animals. The site has pumpkins, a country store and grill.

COWS-N-CORN 5225 Catlett Rd., Midland. 540-439-4806. http://www.cows-n-corn.com. Open Fridays 4 to 9, Saturdays 10 to 9 and Sundays 12:30 to 7 through Nov. 4. $8, free for age 3 and younger. The dairy farm's 10-acre maze has a cow theme. Admission includes a narrated hayride of the farm, pedal-powered go-karts for all ages, rubber duck racing, farm animals and a farm-themed play area with a corn-filled sandbox. Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees' Haunted Hayrides and Summer Camp Horrors Haunted Barn, $10 tickets available online, including nighttime maze walks and campfires, start at 7:30 Friday, Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 and Oct. 31. The farm also has pick-your-own pumpkins, a small gift shop and hand-dipped ice cream.

HARTLAND ORCHARD 3064 Hartland Lane, Markham. 540-364-2316. http://www.hartlandorchard.com. Open daily 8 to 6 through October. Free ongoing hayrides at this pick-your-own apple orchard run Saturdays and Sundays. The family-owned 1775 farm also features pick-your-own and select-your-own pumpkins, farm animals and honey.

SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. 540-592-3556. http://www.hollinfarms.com/pages/pumpkins.html. The park is open daily 8 to dusk. $3 per car weekdays, $4 weekends. The October Fall Farm Fest, Saturdays and Sundays 11 to 5 throughout October at the visitor center, features wine tasting, farm animals, a children's play area and pumpkins grown by neighboring Hollin Farms. Musical performances and educational programs some weekends. Tours of Mount Bleak House, built in 1843, weekends 1 to 4.

STRIBLING ORCHARD 11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, off Route 688 south, Markham. 540-364-3040. http://www.striblingorchard.com. Open weekends 9 to 6, with last orchard entry at 5:30, and weekdays 9 to 5, through mid-November. Pick apples and choose pumpkins at this six-generation family farm, which is more than 200 years old. Visitors can picnic at mountaintop tables and view farm animals.

Frederick County

HILL HIGH FARM 933 Barley Lane, Winchester. 540-667-7377. http://www.thepumpkin-patch.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 through Oct. 28. This farm, which has been in the same family for more than 100 years, has a 25-acre pick-your-own apple orchard and 30 acres of pumpkins. The free play area features a straw maze, farm animals and antique farm equipment. Hayrides, $6, free for age 2 and younger, start about every half-hour and feature an apple and small pumpkin for each passenger; moonlight hayrides Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 11. An eight-acre corn maze boasts about three miles of trails, open Fridays 7 to 11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 10 to 5. $7, free for age 5 and younger. A high-tech, walk-through haunted house of more than 4,500 square feet features intense scenes and is not recommended for children 7 and younger, people with heart conditions or pregnant women. Admission is $10. Open through October, Fridays 7 to 11 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 11, Sundays 1 to 5, Oct. 18 and 25 from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 7 until visitors have left. Kids 12 and younger can visit an inflatable haunted maze Saturdays and Sundays, $3; adults may accompany young children free.

MARKER-MILLER ORCHARDS 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester. 540-662-1980. http://www.markermillerorchards.com. Open through Dec. 23. Market open Monday-Friday 9 to 6, Saturdays 9 to 4 and Sundays noon to 4 during October; other hours vary seasonally. Wagon rides, $2, weekends at the 325-plus-acre pick-your-own apple orchards, which also offer pick-your-own pumpkins and a playground. Highlights include the barrel-train ride for kids, a bounce house (additional fee), apple-butter making, antique tractors and live music. A pumpkin festival Oct. 27 from 9 to 5 includes similar activities, plus a pumpkin toss game (additional fee).

RICHARD'S FRUIT MARKET 6410 Middle Rd., Middletown. 540-869-1455. http://www.valleymarkets.com/richards/index.html. Mondays-Saturdays 8:30 to 6, Sundays 10 to 6. This 54-year-old family apple orchard offers pick-your-own pumpkins and flowers and a country store. The 14th annual Apple Festival is Oct. 20 from 8:30 to 6 and Oct. 21 from 10 to 6, with live bluegrass, free hayrides, a petting zoo, crafts, food, children's games and pony rides, requiring fees. The orchard holds its sixth annual gourd festival, featuring gourd artisans, Nov. 3 from 8:30 to 5:30 and Nov. 4 from 10 to 5:30. Free, but fees for classes.

RINKER ORCHARDS 1156 Marlboro Rd., Stephens City. Take Interstate 66 west to Interstate 81 north to Exit 307 (Stephens City). Turn left, go 2 1/2 to three miles and look for the farm on the right. 540-869-1499. Open daily 10 to 6 through Monday; after that, hours vary with apple availability. This 108-year-old family apple orchard also features pick-your-own pumpkins. The orchard produces and sells its own flash-pasteurized apple cider.

VIRGINIA FARM MARKET 1881 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester. 540-665-8000. In October, open Monday-Thursday 8 to 7:30, Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pumpkinland features a pumpkin-lined path with red wagons and a large pumpkin-filled wagon designed as a photo backdrop. Other free kid-pleasing highlights include a small, decorated wire-mesh maze; a play area with a sandbox and a mini pumpkin checkers game; and a wooden train for climbing.

Loudoun County

CROOKED RUN ORCHARD 37883 E. Main St. (Business Route 7), Purcellville, 10 miles west of Leesburg. 540-338-6642. http://www.crookedrunorchard.com. The pick-your-own apple orchard, open for picking Friday-Sunday 9 to 6 during October, offers horse-drawn buggy rides Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 and free, interpretive hayrides at noon, 2 and 4 or as needed on Oct. 20-21 during the Loudoun Farm Color Tour. The farm also features pigs, select-your-own pumpkins and gourds, and a small store.

GREAT COUNTRY FARMS 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont. 540-554-2073. http://www.greatcountryfarms.com. Open daily 9 to 5 through Nov. 4; open Nov. 6 and 7 from 9 to 2. . $6 weekdays, $8 weekends, free for kids younger than 2. This 200-acre farm offers hayrides to the 20-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Activities include pedal carts, a giant corn box and a 2,800-square-foot Pumpkin Jumpin' Pillow for outdoor bouncing, five mazes, a twin 60-foot slide and a mountain made of tractor tires. The farm boasts numerous other children's features, including a two-acre play area, more than 75 farm animals and a catch-and-release fishing pond. Weekend admission also includes all-you-can-eat apples, cornhusk-doll making, pig racing and P-Rex, the Pumpkin Munchin' Dino. Check the Web site for details about weekend events, such as live music, and, on Oct. 27, Glow Night, featuring 1,600 jack-o'-lanterns carved by more than 3,000 schoolchildren. The final weekend features "Pumpkin Chunkin" activities.

LOUDOUN FARM COLOR TOUR Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-777-0426. http://www.loudounfarms.org. Oct. 20-21 from 10 to 4. Family-friendly attractions highlight this annual free, self-guided driving tour of 25 locations, including farms, vineyards, a museum and health food store, some of which are seldom open to the public. Some activities require fees.

LAYNG'S FLOWER FARM 23520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Aldie. 703-327-0872. http://www.layngsflowerfarm.com/fallfest.html#. This family farm, which grows flowers and plants, holds its annual Fall Fest daily 10 to 6 (last entry at 5:30) through Nov. 4. $5 weekdays, $7 Saturdays and Sundays, free for age 2 and younger. Highlights include hayrides, giant slides, tunnels, moon bounces, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, popcorn, tepees, a toddler play area and a fall country store.

PUMPKINVILLE Leesburg Animal Park, 19270 James Monroe Hwy. (Route 15 south), about 1 1/2 miles outside Leesburg. 703-433-0002. http://www.leesburganimalpark.com/pumpkinville.htm. Open daily 9 to 6 through Nov. 6; other hours vary seasonally. $11 Saturdays and Sundays; $7 weekdays (with fewer activities) and free (without a pumpkin) for children younger than 2. Admission covers numerous kids' activities, including a new sea monster moon bounce, spooky pirate ship, giant slides, a small hay maze, Fort Pumpkin and entry into Leesburg Animal Park. Other highlights include a market and, weekends only, all-you-can-eat apples and cider. Visit the Web site for details about free weekend entertainment and activities requiring additional fees.

THE MAIZE AT TEMPLE HALL FARM REGIONAL PARK 15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg. 703-779-9372. http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/themaize/index.php. Open Fridays 4 to 10, Saturdays 10 to 10 and Sundays 10 to 6 through Nov. 4. $10, $8 ages 6 to 11 and free for age 5 and younger. Night-time admission, Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 10, is $8, $6 for ages 6 to 11 and seniors. The 14-acre maze at Temple Hall Farm Park depicts farms scenes and offers educational activities to help visitors find their way. The park's free interpretive center, featuring farm animals, is open Tuesday-Sunday 9 to 5. A barnyard activity area, open until 6, includes hayrides and more, $5; free for seniors. Pick-your-own pumpkins are available.

TICONDEROGA FARMS 26175 Ticonderoga Rd., South Riding. 703-327-4424. http://www.ticonderoga.com. Open daily 10 to 5 through Nov. 4. $6.95 weekdays, $9.95 Saturdays and Sundays, free for kids younger than 2. The Fall Pumpkin Festival at this 1,000-acre, fifth-generation family farm features such highlights as hayrides, slides, farm animals and equipment, educational activities, tepees, kid-size log cabins and a Noah's Ark play area. A pumpkin field includes some pumpkins grown on-site.

Orange County

DOUBLE B FARM 28200 Constitution Hwy. (Route 20), Rhoadesville, about 20 miles west of Fredericksburg. 540-854-4277. Store open Monday-Saturday 8 to 5, Sundays 10 to 5 through October. Hours change seasonally. Free activities offered through Oct. 28 include hayrides to the four-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch Saturdays 10 to 5 and Sundays 11 to 5, a petting zoo and a play area featuring a straw fort and haunted school bus geared toward children.

ROUND HILL FARM 6347 Everona Rd., off Route 522, 12 miles south of Culpeper. 540-854-7398. http://www.round-hill-farm.com. Open weekdays 3 to 6, Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 5 through Oct. 31. $2.50, free for age 3 and younger and 65 and older. The beef cattle and grain farm's 11th annual Harvest Festival activities include hayrides to the two- to three-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a playground, hay bale mazes and a petting zoo. Pony rides and face painting, weekends only, require additional fees.

Prince William County

BROADLANDS FARM 9473 Broadlands Ct., Nokesville. 443-415-8572. http://www.broadlandsfarm.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 to 6 through Oct. 28. The farm features a five-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a small hay maze and additional children's activities. Free.

OLD MINE RANCH 17504 Mine Rd., Dumfries, near Potomac Mills mall. 703-441-1382. http://www.oldmineranch.net. Open daily 10 to 5 through Nov. 10. Pumpkin Patch and Spookfest (Monday-Saturday 7 to 9) run through Oct. 31. Admission ($6, free for kids younger than 2) to the rustic, 40-acre pony ranch includes an inflatable haunted mansion, along with a little pumpkin, hayride, barn moon bounce, petting farm, ghost town, pumpkin and cookie decorating, and tunnel slides. Pony rides are $2.

PLANTLAND 8548 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-369-1821. Store open daily 9 to 8 through Oct. 31; other hours vary seasonally. Plantland Playground, a fall play area open daily 9 to 7:30 through Oct. 31 (closing at 6 on Halloween), includes a basketball hoop bounce and other activities, including moon bounces and ride-on toys geared toward young children. $10 ages 1-12 Friday-Sunday, $8 Monday-Thursday, adults free; admission includes a pumpkin per child.

Rappahannock County

MUSKRAT HAVEN FARM 20 Cedarbreak Lane, on Route 211, four miles west of Amissville, 15 miles west of Warrenton. 540-937-5892 or 540-937-5191. Open daily 9 to 5 through October. The farm has pick-your-own pumpkins and sells fresh quail and rabbit.

Shenandoah County

MAIZE QUEST AT BRIDGEMONT FARM Route 720, four-tenths of a mile off Route 11, Mount Jackson. 540-477-4200. http://www.cornmaze.com/mq_location.asp?ID=5. Open Fridays 4 to 10, Saturdays 11 to 10, Sundays 1 to 7 through Nov. 11; call for weekday hours. $7, $5 for ages 5 to 12, free for age 4 and younger. This farm, adjacent to the historic Meems Bottom covered bridge, features Maize Quest's 14-acre "Space Exploration" corn maze with secret decoders to help maze-goers solve a puzzle. Other attractions include a rope maze and pedal carts.

Spotsylvania County

BELVEDERE PLANTATION Route 17 south, seven miles southeast of Fredericksburg. 540-371-8494 or 800-641-1212. http://www.belvedereplantation.com. Through Oct. 28, the maze and Great Pumpkin Patch activities area are open Fridays 5 to 10, Saturdays 10 to 10 and Sundays 10 to 5. Admission for the maze and Great Pumpkin Patch is $14, $12 for seniors and military personnel, free for kids younger than 2. New this year, a Fall Finale on Nov. 2 from 5 to 10 and Nov. 3 from 10 to 10; $10 includes the maze and other attractions. The historic 1,000-acre farm celebrates Virginia's 400th birthday with a three-in-one maze cut to resemble a Colonial tricorn hat. The nearly eight-acre maze features bridges and sound stations. The farm includes a track with an overpass and corkscrew descent, which visitors age 8 through young adults weighing up to 220 pounds can navigate on large pedal tractors. Other highlights include hayrides to large pick-your-own pumpkin patches, a straw-filled barn with rope swings, a double 100-foot slide, antique corn grinders, pygmy goats, pig races and more.


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