NOTE: This post was updated October 2020 to include current information for the fall season.
Fall is in full swing! It’s time for sweaters, crisp air, falling leaves, cider and pumpkin-themed everything. One of the best places to experience all of the above (and more!) is a local pumpkin patch.
We all know that the high desert climate in Central Oregon creates challenging conditions for local farmers. But that doesn’t stop a few hard-working farms in the region from growing crops — which of course includes pumpkins! Plus, there are several pumpkin patches and apple orchards worth making a trip to — situated a couple hours west or north of Bend. Consider a mini-road trip to these idyllic rural destinations for the ultimate fall experience!
Looking for some more pumpkin patches? Consider driving a tad further to the Portland area, where you’ll also find an abundance of pumpkins to pick from!
Pumpkin Patches Near Bend, Oregon
2020 Season: Opened September 26
Tuesday–Friday 12–6 p.m. + Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Driving Distance From Bend: 35 Minutes
Photo Courtesy of Smith Rock Ranch
Locals know that Smith Rock Ranch is an idyllic destination during the fall. This family-owned working farm in Terrebonne specializing in producing carrots, onions and blue grass seed. They also grow wheat, hay, pumpkins and squash, which are sold throughout the state of Oregon and beyond. During October, the farm opens to the public and offers a myriad of fall festivities, including a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, an animal house, barnyard golf, pumpkin cannons, train rides, a hay maze, a harvest market, pony rides, wagon rides, live music, a dog park, and much more. Keep in mind that Smith Rock Ranch is closed on Mondays and activity hours vary throughout the week. Purchase tickets in advance to be a part of the excitement happening at Smith Rock Ranch this fall!
COVID NOTE: Smith Rock Ranch has implemented all CDC and health department guidelines for social distancing and mask requirements. Additionally, all tickets will be sold online only and for designated time slots.
2020 Season: September 26–October 31
Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Driving Distance From Bend: 35 Minutes
All year long, DD Ranch raises 100 percent grass-fed/finished beef and lamb, heritage pork and eggs from free-range hens. And during the fall, the ranch is filled with activity for all ages, including a spectacular pumpkin patch and other fall activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, a kids corral, a hay maze, train rides, hayrides, a cowboy arcade, and much more. The pumpkin patch features a wide range of sizes and shapes to choose from and admission is free every day (except Mondays!) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of October. Pumpkins may be purchased in the barn on weekdays and at the “Pumpkin Booth” in the pumpkin patch on weekends.
There is no charge for admission to this pumpkin patch and parking is free! Tickets (for activities) are available for purchase onsite, and pumpkins, meat, honey and food purchase sales are separate.
COVID NOTE: Face coverings are required in the barn at all times and outdoors at any time that 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
Apple Orchards + Pumpkin Patches Within 3 Hours of Bend, Oregon
Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 25 Minutes
This quaint family-owned farm in the small town of Albany has been in operation since 1972, growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables along with some herbs and spices. The farm utilizes sustainable farming practices and low-impact herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, which means you can fully trust the integrity of the products you pick. Adair’s offers you-pick for most produce they grow, which includes apples and pumpkins during the fall! The farm is open Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (November–Mid-December 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 10 Minutes
Herrick Farms is a fresh market produce stand situated just east of Springfield on Highway 126. They employ a small crew during the busy season, but the majority of the work is done by Vernon and Paul Herrick and their son, J.R. The farm opens in May with flowers and offers other fruits and vegetables throughout the season, including pumpkin patch rides and field trips in October. Apples are offered as early as mid-August and are available through October.
Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Driving Distance From Bend: 2 Hours + 40 Minutes
Detering Orchards is a family-owned farm nestled in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. Visitors travel to this orchard from far and wide throughout the Pacific Northwest to taste their unbeatable produce. Detering grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers and much more. Most of the produce is offered both harvested and you-pick. In addition to you-pick, there are plenty of other fall activities and attractions at Detering Orchards, including a playground, animal corral, cow barrel rides, wagon rides, apple blaster, a corn maze, a hay maze, and more. Detering Orchards is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you-pick closes at 5 p.m.
Which pumpkin patches and apple orchards are you visiting this fall? We’d love to know which local farm gets your pick! Let us know in the comments below.