North Carolina Corn Maze Fun and Education, Farmer's Markets and More

What could be more North Carolinian than a Fall Corn Maze!

Well, add Education to that and you've got the Gillis Hill Road Produce in Fayetville, NC! 

Gillis Hill Road Produce is putting on a corn maze, and they’ve got an interesting twist to the maze. An educator from the Gillis family, a prominent local farm family, put together the ABC’s of NC : An Educational Corn Maze. 

The maze offers three different levels of questions –from preschool to middle school. The correct answers take you down the correct path. Wrong answers lead to a dead end.  All of this offers good ole' Family Friendly "Edutainment!" :)   That's the best type of family outing in our book!  

Foliage, Farmer’s Markets and Family Fun in Fayetteville This FallCorn Mazes, Farmer’s Markets, river tours and more mark the season

Fayetteville, NC - Looking to pick the perfect pumpkin? Take a relaxing and educational tour of the Cape Fear River? Enjoy the challenges of corn mazes? Want to soak in the fall foliage? We’ve got that and more in the greater Fayetteville area this season.

Gillis Hill Road Produce produces “The ABC’s of NC” – an educational maze for children and adults. Questions about North Carolina are found throughout the 10-acre maze. Only the right answer takes you down the correct path. Wrong answers lead to a dead–end. The ABC’s of NC is open through October 31st. Hours are Monday through Friday from 1 pm – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 6 pm. Location: 2899 Gillis Hill Road in Fayetteville. More information: 910-308-9342.

After finding your way through the maze at Canady Farm in Grays Creek; visitors can relax on a wagon ride through the farm. Fresh produce, farm animals and an educational nature trail are located on site. Canady Farm is open through November 3rd. Hours are Monday through Thursday 3 pm – 7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. Location: 1426 John McMillan Road in Grays Creek. 910-624-2959

At the Sandhills Family Heritage Association’s (SFHA) Farmer’s Market in Spring Lake, visitors will hear stories about rural African-American farm heritage while purchasing some of the area’s highest quality fruits, vegetables, and specialty food items. The SFHA Market is open from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays through the end of October. It is located at 230 Chapel Hill Road in Spring Lake.

Located outside the Transportation and Local History Museum in downtown Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market offers fresh farm produce including vegetables, honey, meat and eggs. All products are grown and processed within a fifty (50) mile radius of downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market is open from 3 – 7 pm on Wednesdays and 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays through the end of October. It is located at 325 Franklin Street in Fayetteville.

 Cape Fear Riverboat Tour: On this two-hour guided tour, you’ll learn about Fayetteville’s early importance as a colonial port city and trade center, explore historic features along the river and enjoy the natural beauty of the river, flora, and animals. The tour meets at the parking lot at Campbellton Landing and departs at 7pm The tour costs $20 and pre-registration is required. For more information about the tours call (910) 433-1457.

Bird Walk: Bring your binoculars for a guided tour of Mazarick Park. You’ll see lots of species at the park as the birds make their way south. The walk starts at 3:30 pm. Meet in the park office. For more information: 910-433-1575
10/7/12 Heritage Festival: The Cape Fear Botanical Garden presents a slice of life at the turn of the 19th century. Activities are planned for all ages, including agricultural exhibits, old-fashioned demonstrations, traditional crafts, games and
10/20/12 Ole Mill Day: Join Hope Mills in celebrating the history of their community. The day promises lots shopping, food, rides, arts & crafts, games and family fun. The festival is free and runs from 11 am – 6 pm at Hope Mills Municipal Park. More information: 910-424-4500.
This is just a small sample of special events in Greater Fayetteville this fall. For a complete list of, go to

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Fayetteville/Cumberland County is the America's first military sanctuary. Through the Army's Army and other volunteer groups, our citizens and businesses are dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us ©.”

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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