Hey parents - it's time to start planning for Fall Break!
No matter exactly how your fall break takes shape - one week, two weeks, a quick couple of days off work with the kids - we invite you to spend part of it here in Morgan County. Whether you're planning a couple of days away from home or a quick day trip or two, you'll find loads of family fun and seasonal fall activities to fill your Fall Break right here in Morgan County and we've highlighted some of our favorites for you right here. Embrace the season, complete with traditional autumn activities and the signature flavors of fall!
Horseback riding during the summer can be a pretty hot and sweaty event - for both you and the horse! Take advantage of cooler (but not cold) temperatures to experience Grandpa Jeff's Trail Rides in Morgantown. Grandpa Jeff provides a custom experience for your group. All riders are matched to the perfect horse for their experience level and ride times vary so you can create the best experience for your family. Other activities are available as well - hay rides, bonfires and more! We do recommend you call ahead to schedule your visit.
Pick Your Own
In this case, you'll know exactly where your food comes from because you'll pick it yourself! Anderson Orchard in Mooresville is a great experience for all ages. The orchard features you-pick options for apples and raspberries in the fall, and you can pick a pumpkin or two as well! Recover from all that work with a refreshing apple cider - hot, cold or frozen - and be sure to build plenty of time into your visit for a trip to the concession stand and play time on the playground and giant straw stack.
Each October, Greendell Landcape Solutions (a great location for all your gardening and landscaping needs) transforms into the ultimate fall destination with their annual Fall Festival. Kids of all ages will love the Harry Potter themed Marauder's Maze where magical questions guide you through the corn maze. Plus there's a four-acre pumpkin patch and loads of fun activities like a straw pyramid, tire climb and football toss. Don't miss all the great games as well, including life-sized Jenga, tick-tac-toe, checkers, corn hole and even sack races! Be sure to download the $1 off coupon from their website before you go.
Meet the Queen
The queen bee, we mean! Hunter's Honey Farm is a great family destination in all seasons, but it's particularly enjoyable in the fall when the scenic drive a bit more colorful. Call ahead and schedule a tour - they have several options to choose from. You can bottle your own "honey bear," make a beeswax candle and see exactly how that golden, tasty honey is processed from the hive to the bottle! Don't miss the demonstration hive in the gift shop and be sure to have a cool glass of honey lemonade or fruit punch before you go.
Take a Hike
We know, hiking trails are accessible all year around, but trust us - there's nothing like a fall walk in the woods! Choose from several options for your day on the trail - Three Lakes Trail at Morgan-Monroe Forest is one of our favorites! If you prefer a shorter route, don't forget about Burkhart Creek Park - there's paved and gravel surface trails, and bring your rain boots for a little creek stompin' if it's warm enough. (Burkhart Creek also ranks high on our list due to its close proximity to the cheesy goodness of Tomato Pie Pizza Joint.) Trails are also available at both Jimmy Nash Park in Martinsville and Pioneer Park in Mooresville.
Celebrate the Season
If your fall break coincides with the annual Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival, be sure to bring the kids out to experience Farmers Day at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on the opening day of the festival. Preschoolers in particular will love seeing how to churn butter, shell corn and more. Of course, even if your family isn't on Fall Break that week, you should still make plans to attend the festival during the weekend - you'll find carnival rides, live music and other activities, great food, exhibits and so much more! This year's event is October 6-9.
There are a number of seasonal events coming up in October, so be sure to visit our calendar of events to look for upcoming events scheduled during your specific fall break. There's almost always something fun going on and we're adding new events all the time, so be sure to check before your visit to see what's happening throughout the county!