Sunflower Fields You Should Visit in NC
When summer rolls along and the lavender fields in NC fade, I am ready to search for sunflowers! Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful sunflower fields in NC to choose from! I make it a personal mission to find flower fields, so in this guide, I am sharing some of the best sunflower fields to visit in NC!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Sunflower Fields You Should Visit in NC
- Hill Ridge Farms Sunflower Fields
- NC Museum of Art Sunflower Patch
- Dorothea Dix Park Sunflower Fields
- Dewberry Farms Sunflower Fields
- Dogwood Farms Sunflower Fields
- Best Time to Visit NC Sunflower Fields
- What to Know Before Visiting the Sunflower Fields
- How to get to the Sunflower Fields in North Carolina
- Fun Sunflower Facts
- Wrap-up: NC Sunflower Fields
Hill Ridge Farms Sunflower Fields
One of my favorite sunflower fields in NC has to be at Hill Ridge Farms. Not only do they have fields of different sunflowers that are U-pick, but also tons of other wildflowers too!
Walking through the fields at Hill Ridge Farms feels like you’re walking through a jungle of sunflowers. Located in Youngsville, NC, they are pretty close to the Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill area with over 50 acres.
Their Sunflower festival starts this year on July 17st, 2021, and goes through August 22nd, 2021. So far, they have had some of the most unique sunflower patches I’ve ever seen!
This year they will also have a food truck, music, and even a covered wagon ride to and from the sunflower fields.
If you want to U-Pick the flowers, make sure to bring shears! To stay up-to-date with the sunflower blooms at Hill Ridge farm, check out their Facebook Page.
Hours: Saturday 10 am – 8 pm Sunday 10 am – 8 pm; Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 8 pm.
Admission: $14 ages 2-64; Military and Seniors $13 – Tickets are purchased once you arrive.
Hill Ridge Farm Address: 703 Tarboro Road Youngsville, NC 27596
NC Museum of Art Sunflower Patch
Not only is the North Carolina Museum of art one of the best free things to do in Raleigh, they have also partnered with Dorothea Dix Park to bring us the City of Sunflowers in Raleigh, NC!
They first planted their 2.5-acre sunflower field in 2018 with an array of different sunflowers, cosmos, and zinnias!
The best part, the NC Museum of Art sunflower fields are completely free to visit and have a wonderful backdrop of the museums’ outdoor sculptures! This year the Museum is also offering a two-part outdoor workshop to teach nature photography in the sunflower field on July 20 and 27.
Even without their sunflower patches, the NCMA is a great place to visit with tons of photo-worthy spots!
The Park is open from Dawn – Dusk and the sunflower patch should be blooming around mid-July! Please note, these flowers are not to be picked.
North Carolina Museum of Art Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Dorothea Dix Park Sunflower Fields
You can’t have a list of Sunflower Fields in NC without including Dorothea Dix Park! Not only do they have beautiful daffodil fields bloom each year, but also a Sunflower Festival right in the heart of Raleigh! This year they are planning for their sunflower fields to bloom in mid-late July!
Enjoy epic Downtown Raleigh skyline views over a field of sunflowers. Their 4-acre sunflower patch is also free to visit and the park is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.
This is one of the most popular sunflower fields in Raleigh, so prepare for lots of people. You are encouraged to enjoy the fields and even set up a picnic (no alcohol), your dogs or kids, chairs, and your camera for those instagrammable photos.
When visiting, there are rules to where you should be parking. Weekday public parking for the sunflowers at Dix Park is available in the gravel lot off Hunt Drive and in the parking lot near the Magnolia Room. See the Dix Park sunflower field map here!
On weeknights and weekends, you can use any paved lot. Additionally, you can walk or bike to the park since they are conveniently located on the Rocky Branch Greenway.
Fun fact: In collaboration with the City of Raleigh Water, the sunflowers help them work towards sustainability by harvesting the sunflowers at Dix Park to process biodiesel for educational programs and demonstrations!
Address: 1987 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603
Dewberry Farms Sunflower Fields
After having the best time visiting Dewberry Farms tulip fields, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they also open their private 20 acre farm for sunflowers too!
This year they will have 17 different varieties of sunflowers, dahlia’s, and zinnia’s for U-pick. From opening day, they usually have their fields open to the public for about 2 weeks.
They also have a lovely farm, a stunning barn (think epic barn wedding), and farm animals (horses, chicks).
Admission: $5 for Adults; $3 for children (2 years old and under are free).
Dewberry Farm Address: 2585 Dewberry Farm Ln, Kernersville, NC 27284
Dogwood Farms Sunflower Fields
Located about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Raleigh or 1 hour and 30 minutes from Charlotte, Dogwood Farms has prepared 13 acres of sunflower fields for their 2021 Freedom Flower Festival event opening 7/3/2021!
Enjoy walking through their sunflower patches and even U-pick your own sunflowers to bring home. The father and son duo said they want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit. They will provide the buckets and shears, you just have to show up!
The hours are 9:00 am- 9:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 12:00 pm-9:00 pm on Sunday’s weather permitting.
Stay up-to-date with how the fields at Dogwood Farms look on their Facebook Page!
Admission: Adults $8; 65+ $5; Children 6 years or younger are free; Active military and veterans are free. They accept cash or card.
Dogwood Farms Address: 8096 Belews Creek Rd, Belews Creek, NC 27009
Best Time to Visit NC Sunflower Fields
Now that you know where some of the best sunflower fields in NC are, it’s important to know when to visit them! Sunflowers in NC generally bloom around Mid-late July and will last into August. The blooms are heavily dependent on the weather (rain), so this can change every year.
This is why it is always important to check with the farms before you go!
What to Know Before Visiting the Sunflower Fields
Never been to a sunflower field before? Here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the flower fields in North Carolina.
- It is best to wear close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The fields can get pretty muddy especially if it recently rained. My white shoes never looked the same after wearing them at Hill Ridge Farm.
- Please do not trample on the flowers or pick them if you are not supposed to. Following the rules of the farms and parks allows everyone to continue enjoying the flower fields in NC for years to come!
- Bring a hat, reusable water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen! Sunflowers grow best in direct sunlight, which means there might not be that much shade and I am sure you are already well aware of the North Carolina Summer heat!
- Don’t wear fragrant perfumes or cologne. This will help keep the bees away from you and focused on the sunflowers.
- Speaking of the bees, please do not swat at them. The bees are hard at work pollinating for us. They are interested in the flowers, not you!
- Please practice leaving no trace behind NC outdoor pledge. This means cleaning up after yourself and taking everything you brought with you.
How to get to the Sunflower Fields in North Carolina
If you are visiting North Carolina from out of state, the best way to get around NC is by car. Therefore, the best way to explore the sunflower fields around North Carolina will also be by car. Can you call an Uber or Lyft if you don’t plan on renting a car.
Fun Sunflower Facts
If you landed on this page, I can assume you are a sunflower lover, so here are some fun facts about sunflowers!
- Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were domesticated around 1000 B.C.
- The best time to pick sunflowers for your vase is early in the morning after the morning dew has dried.
- Sunflowers always face the sun. This means they actually follow it throughout the day. How cool?!
- There are over 70 different types of sunflowers!
- A Sunflower is actually made up of 1,000-2,000 mini flowers that make the full flower we pick.
- Sunflowers can grow over 16 ft tall! The tallest sunflower reached 30 FT!
- Not all sunflowers are yellow and they come in different shapes and sizes.
Wrap-up: NC Sunflower Fields
This covers some of the best sunflower fields to visit around NC! I hope you have the best time enjoying the beautiful blooms. Are there any other sunflower fields or farms I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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