Road trip, anyone?
Sunflowers are one of life’s little pleasures. The bright, cheery flowers evoke feelings of warmth and nostalgia, whether spotted at the farmers’ market or in a gorgeous centerpiece. When you visit a massive field with rows and rows of them on display, however, sunflowers become one of life’s pleasures. If you’ve never visited a sunflower field or sunflower farm, put it on your late summer and early fall bucket list. Witnessing acres of massive sunflowers lined up like sunny soldiers is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Luckily, we have some of the prettiest sunflower farms right here in the South. From down in Florida to the mountains of Georgia and over to Missouri, these are some of the South’s best sunflower fields and farms. These are in no particular order, and we’ll admit: There are tons of stunning sunflower fields not on this list. Drive down any highway in the South (we hear Allen, Texas and Autauga County in Alabama have a few), and you might run across one. These are some of our favorite family owned and run farms that offer up their sunflowers for visitors to see and (in many cases) buy. Many of these sunflower farms don’t just grow big yellow blooms, though. Check out their websites for family activities and events to enjoy while you marvel at the sunflower fields. So get lost in these gorgeous sunflower fields all over the South, and of course, don’t leave without some beautiful pictures.
McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Anderson Sunflower Farm
Bring home a souvenir for your table—Anderson Farm sells bunches of sunflowers at $8 per half dozen and $12 per dozen.
HarvestMoon has opportunities for family fun year round, from a petting zoo to pedal carts and playground games.
Not only can you admire the sunflower fields at Burnside Farms, you can take a trip through the sunflower maze.
The Sunflower Fields at Neuse River Greenway Trail
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh’s public utilities department began planting acres of sunflowers in 2010 to harvest biodiesel, which can serve as fuel for farm equipment like tractors. The tradition has become a beloved one for locals and visitors alike.
Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
This preserved area along Knoxville’s waterfront features multiple parks, cultural sites, and trails.
Wild Berry Farm
Grab breakfast or lunch at The Farm Cafe, and be sure to visit not only for the sunflowers but for the U-Pick berries.
From the corn maze to the tractor train and a huge pumpkin patch in the fall, you’ll never be bored at Peebles farm.
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
St. Louis, Missouri
This 4,318-acre conservation area has a view of the place where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet.
Copper Creek Farm
There are endless activities to do at Copper Creek Farm, and you can take home a full bucket of sunflowers for a few extra dollars.
Maryland Agricultural Resource Council
The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council’s farm is open year round for the public to use its trails and for many events, and it hosts a sunflower sale each year for the community.
Lady Luck Flower Farm
Leicester, North Carolina
This organic farm and floral studio just outside of Asheville is gorgeous for a visit any time of year, and you can even get married here. Check out the incredible wedding albums on their website and you’ll be booking in no time.
Sledd’s U-Pick Farm
This Florida farm creates intricate mazes for visitors to explore its sunflower fields.
If you live in the Charlottesville area, there’s no reason not to join Bellair’s Community Supported Agriculture program.
Fausett Farms Sunflowers
In the beautiful mountains of north Georgia, visit Fausett Farms Sunflowers and treat yourself to extras like wagon rides and barbecue sandwiches.