Even though the weather is still hot enough for summer fun, fall festivities are right around the corner in north Georgia, and several Dawson County fall staples will be celebrating their grand season openings.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze is celebrating its grand opening on Sept. 14 in its new location. Now located off Hwy. 9 near Rock Creek Park, Uncle Shuck’s will open at 10 a.m. Saturday with all the fun activities locals have enjoyed at the corn maze for the last 18 years.
Beyond the two corn mazes, Uncle Shuck’s offers a pumpkin patch, corn cannons, a jumping pad, a goat walk as well as food and fall decorations for sale.
The corn maze and pumpkin patch will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays during September. Uncle Shuck’s will be open until Nov. 17.
Tickets are $15 per person. Kids ages 4 and under are free. Admission includes access to the 13 acre corn maze, unlimited wagon rides, bon fire with marshmallows after dark, three shots on the corn cannon, jumping pad, tire mountain, the kiddie maze and the goat walk.
Uncle Shuck’s is at 125 Bannister Road in Dawsonville.
Fausett Farms’ sunflowers have been a hit in Dawson County since 2011 when it welcomed more than 30 acres of golden sunflowers, though the family farm has been operational since 1858.
Surrounded by mountain scenery, Fausett Farms boasts more than 900,000 sunflowers and offers miles of horse riding trails, mule-drawn wagon rides, barbecue and local honey.
Pets are welcome to enjoy the farm but must be on a leash.
Admission is $5 per person. Kids ages 5 and under are free. Professional photography is allowed at the farm for $35 per session.
The farm will opens for the 2019 on Sept. 14 and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Fausett Farms is at 11336 Hwy. 136 West in Dawsonville.
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm got an early jump on the fall season by welcoming fall enthusiasts on Sept. 1. The farm offers a pumpkin patch, country store and daily hayrides.
The pumpkin patch and store are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Tickets for the hayride are $6 per person. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Pets and firearms are not allowed at Burt’s Farm.
Burt’s Farm is located at 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Road in Dawsonville, just off Hwy. 52 near Amicalola Falls State Park.
Amicalola Falls State Park
For the adventurous fall explorers, Amicalola Falls State Park draws thousands of leaf lookers each year and offers hiking trails and a spectacular view of the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast.
Though the leaves won’t be changing just yet, the park offers plenty of hiking trails and adventures for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
Visitors can fly through the trees on a series of zip lines, partake in a GPS scavenger hunt, complete a survivalist camp and share stories around the fire pit.
Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is $5 per car.
The park is at 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road in Dawsonville.
Papa Pat’s Corn Maze
Papa Pat’s Corn Maze is set to celebrate its grand opening next week.
Right off of Hwy. 53 at Gober Hill, Papa Pat’s offers a pumpkin patch and hayride along with the corn maze fun.
Papa Pat’s will begin its first season at 10 a.m. and will be open until 10 p.m. Sept. 20.
Papa Pat’s is located at 4525 Hwy. 53 E in Dawsonville.