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The sweet smell of lavender – you don’t need to travel to France to enjoy it! You can enjoy the beautiful fragrance by visiting these lavender farms in North Carolina. Whether you’re looking to get some fabulous photographs, enjoy the fragrant air, or cutting your own specimens, a visit to any of the lavender farms in NC is sure to lift your spirits. I couldn’t believe that these beautiful fields were located so close to Durham!
Best Time to Visit Lavender Farms in NC
Harvest season is from late April to August. The flowers peak in the middle of June in North Carolina. While guests often ask whether the lavender is in bloom, guests should ask instead whether the lavender is in full color.
Lavender Farms in NC Open to Visitors
Please note that all these hours are subject to change (weather, holidays, special events, etc). Before you drive out, double-check each lavender farm’s website and Facebook page to avoid disappointment!
3833 Millard Whitley Rd, Chapel Hill, NC
Hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs 10 am – 4 pm; Fri 10 am – 1 pm; Sun 1 pm – 4 pm; Closed Sat/Mon
Fees: $5 per person (8 and under free); active duty military and first responders are free
PLEASE NOTE THAT LAVENDER OAK FARMS IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SUMMER 2020 (OPEN FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS ONLY)
Located just a few miles from downtown Chapel Hill, Lavender Oak Farms offers a fragrant setting for special events and outings during the summer season. You can cut your own lavender stems at Lavender Oak Farms. A bunch of 25 stems that you cut costs $10. Bring your own scissors and bag.
188 Meek Rd, Gastonia, NC
Hours: Sunup to Sundown during Harvest Season (check Facebook for updated hours)
Fees: $12 per person which can be applied to same-day purchases in the store
This small farm located along the North-South Carolina border combines the talents of a chemist and a culinary artist. In addition to skincare products made from essential oils distilled from the plants, taste lavender honey or try lavender jalapeno jelly.
4104 Millstone Road, Hurdle Mills, NC
Hours: Private tours only!
Fees: $60 for walking tours (up to 10 people); $100 for 2 hours of R&R (up to 10 people)
This small farm located in Orange County hosts an annual open house weekend in June. Farm tours are given throughout the days. Craft projects and presentations involving lavender are offered. Visiting artists and other local businesses will be on hand as well.
1095 Joe Joyce Rd, Madison, NC
Hours: Thurs – Sat 10 am – 2 pm through May 30th; Daily 10 am – 5 pm June 1st to 13th (closed 6/7/20)
Fees: Professional Photographers (see website); pay $.10 per stem you pick or make your own wand ($6) or wreath ($45)
During the two weeks when the blooms are at their best, (June 1st-13th) come out and pick your own stems. Take a hands-on class to make your own wreath or wand. They make a unique fragrant gift. There’s even a special package available with a meal on the evening of June 6th.
937 Old Willis School Road, Dallas, NC
Hosting their First Annual Lavender Festival the weekend of June 6-7, 2020, starting at 9 am each day. Rumor has it that they also have baby goats!
225 Joe Hampton Rd, Lansing, NC
Hours: By appointment only during the season (late June to early August).
The farm will announce special u-pick events on their Facebook and Instagram pages. Sachets, soap, bundles, and culinary lavender will become available as the season unfolds.
Lavender Farm Etiquette
Each lavender farm in NC has its own set of rules. Please consider them carefully before you go out to each lavender farm to avoid any aggravation. Some general rules have been listed below:
- Do not go to any lavender farm in NC when the farm is not open.
- Driveways are made of dirt and gravel – drive SLOWLY!
- Do not smoke anywhere on the property, including parking lots.
- Do not bring your pet with you. They can’t be around the lavender and you don’t want to leave them in the car.
- Bring your own scissors and bag if you’ll be picking your own lavender.
- Only cut the stems above all the leaves.
- Leave the bees, butterflies, and other insects alone. They will fly away on their own.
- Walk between the lavender rows – don’t walk on the weed fabric.
- Wear sunscreen if you’ll be picking your own lavender.
- Don’t forget bug spray since there are often woods nearby.
- Wear flat shoes – you’ll be in fields, sometimes in muddy spots. Save your heels for another time.
Lavender Farms in NC Selling Products
These lavender farms are not open to the public, but their products are sold either online, in stores, or at farmers’ markets throughout the state. Support our local farmers by purchasing their products:
- Sixsmith & Sexton Lavender Farm
Sell their products online and at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville.
- Tryon Mountain Farms
Sell their products online and at various farmers markets. Try their simple syrups, lavender sugar, or lavender white wine salt!
Final Thoughts on the Best Lavender Farms in NC to Visit
You don’t need to escape to Provence to enjoy the relaxing fragrance of lavender. With plenty of lavender farms in North Carolina, we all have an opportunity to enjoy our own field of dreams right in our own home state!
Have you visited a lavender farm in NC or in your own state? What did you think? What did you enjoy the most?
There’s a great lavender farm in Pennsylvania, Hope Hill Lavender Farm, as well.
If you’re exploring our great state, check out these other options too:
- NC’s Sunflower Fields You Can Visit – Updated for 2020 Summer!
- NC’s 10 Best Wine Trails
- NC’s Best Donuts
- Veteran Owned Breweries in NC
- Top 5 Drive-In Movie Theaters in NC
Annick, The Common Traveler