By Elizabeth Serrat & Jamie Walden

Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to get out and explore Gordon County, Georgia!  With everything from corn mazes and pumpkin patches to live music and a chili cook-off, there’s something for everyone this October!

Copper Creek Farm, a beautiful farm located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, hosts family fun every weekend.  Stop by in the evenings on Fridays for a haunted corn maze, hayrides, and bonfire with marshmallows, or during the day on Saturdays for a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and barnyard adventure.

Another option for some fall farm fun can be found at Payne Farm and Produce.  Starting Oct. 7, this family-run farm will be open on weekends until Oct. 29 with hayrides, corn cribs, petting barn, barrel trains, movies at night and much more, all for just $7 for all-day admission!  They even feature haunted hayrides from Oct. 14 – 29.

The Calhoun First Presbyterian Church’s pumpkin patch runs until Oct. 31.  Come see the 25 varieties of pumpkins, all of which come from the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.  The church will also sell wheat straw, mums, boiled peanuts, corn stalks, Ellijay fried apple and peach pies, and local honey.  Prices for the pumpkins depend on size and range from fifty cents to $50.  Support both the First Presbyterian Church and Navajo Nation!

The ROCK Garden, Gordon County’s “wee whimsical place” full of 50 miniature structures, gets even more magical as 400 candles illuminate the sights at the Lighting of the Garden on Oct. 2.  Located on the grounds of the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, this event also includes music and refreshments.

On Oct. 22, Ellie Lawrence of The Voice will light up the stage at Calhoun’s Harvest Fest! Now in its eleventh year, the festival will host its inaugural chili competition along with 60 to 75 craft and food vendors from 10am to 4pm. Be sure to take a break from all the festival treasures by sinking your teeth into some famous Farmer Fries, courtesy of Gordon County Young Farmers.  Tractor rides hosted by Gordon County’s Antique Tractor Club offer fun for all ages, and the hospitality is simply unbeatable at this one-of-a-kind experience.