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Nothing says summer like seeing fields of beautiful sunflowers! They make me smile. My Instagram and Facebook feed light up every July with glorious photos of these golden beauties. I see people stage their baby photos, engagement, wedding shoots (how do they time it?) and so much more. I even took a special photo class on sunflower selfies at the North Carolina Museum of Art last summer. There is something about the intricate center, the way the bees buzz in and out, how they all face in the same direction, that captivates us. So here is the list of the best sunflower fields in Maryland that you can visit.

This post will be updated regularly as more details are announced. Sunflowers generally bloom in July. Updated 9/22/23.

Sunflowers are more than just pretty to look at too. They can generate cooking oil and bio-diesel to power equipment. Their seeds are delicious, as humans and squirrels will attest. Bringing sunflowers into your home is like bringing the sunshine in.

Some of the sunflower fields allow visitors to stroll amongst the flowers while others restrict you to specific aisles. Some sunflower fields allow visitors to pick their own flowers to take home — a special memento of their visit. Other sunflower fields do not allow anyone to touch or remove the flowers. It is important to check the rules for each specific field to ensure that you have the best visit and that you leave happy with your experience. Please enjoy these great sunflower fields in Maryland!

Tickwood-Sunflowers-at-the-Oxford-Conservation-Park Maryland
Tickwood Sunflowers in Oxford Conservation Park, Maryland

When is the Best Time to Visit Sunflower Fields in Maryland?

Harvest season is from mid-June to September. The sunflowers peak in August in Maryland. Most sunflower fields will post on their Facebook pages their peak flower period, which depending on the rain and sun exposure, is two weeks in early to mid-July. Some farms stagger their planting period to provide flowers that last through August or later.

Sunflower Fields in Maryland 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 sunflower field’s website and Facebook page to avoid disappointment!

1) Clark’s Elioak Farm Sunflower Patch

10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (5:30 pm on weekends), April 1, 2023, to November 5, 2023!
Fees: $8.00 per person. No charge for infants under 1 year of age (under 12 months) for admission or Enchanted Express Train ride.
Parking: Allowed in designated parking areas
Picking: No
Pets: On a leash only
Facilities: No bathroom facilities, no benches, and no picnic tables. Please plan accordingly. Trails are unmanicured dirt or gravel that can be rough or muddy and may be unsuitable for strollers.

Clark’s Elioak Farm is a 540-acre farm on Maryland Route 108 in Howard County, Maryland. From April to November, you can enjoy animals, rides, pick-your-own crops, and more. But the best part is Sunflower Season!

You can take a cow trail ride, an Enchanted Express Train ride, a pony ride, or a family wagon ride. Plus, when the sunflowers are in bloom, your admission ticket gets you access to the sunflower fields too.

The farm stays open until 7 pm so you have time to appreciate the fields and take pictures. You need to get tickets in advance from the website.

2) Sunflowers of Lisbon

Maple Lawn: 11788 Route 216, Fulton, MD 20759
Lisbon: +1 443-864-2015

Hours: Woodbine: Projected October 1st, 2023
Lisbon: NOW OPEN till August 27th, 2023 ( will stay open until the flowers are out of bloom)
Fees: $15
Picking: $3
Pets: On a leash, people/dog friendly

With all this 60-degree weather, everyone should be very excited about the upcoming sunflower season! Sunflowers of Lisbon plans so far four different sunflower peak blooms this summer! The first one will be projected for mid-June at their Lisbon location then at maple lawn in July to start the summer sunflower season!

They have 15 acres of pure yellow sunflower bliss to walk through and cut and walk through and take pictures with a 3 acres patch of multicolored blooms as well to cut from. 18 total acres of sunflowers, making it the largest sunflower attraction in Maryland! Hayrides, food trucks, and ice cream trucks on the weekends with slides, a corn pit, and basketball games for kids and adults.

Check their website as well as their Facebook Page for updated information!

3) McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

16898-16500 River Rd, MD 20837
1-877-620-8DNR (8367). Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)

Hours: See you in 2024
Fees: FREE!
Parking: Allowed in designated parking areas
Picking: No
Pets: On a leash only
Facilities: No bathroom facilities, no benches, and no picnic tables. Please plan accordingly. Trails are unmanicured dirt or gravel that can be rough or muddy and may be unsuitable for strollers.

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area is 300 acres full of nature – woods, fields, and wetlands. In mid-June, it’s home to huge sunflower fields that make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. Two fields are specially grown for the mourning doves.

These fields are open for hunting in September on certain days and times.

You can also spot songbirds, mammals, and honeybees busy collecting pollen from the flowers. Remember, you can’t cut the sunflowers but you can enjoy the view by taking photos or carefully walking through the fields – they are for the wildlife to enjoy!

4) Lockbriar Farms

10051 Worton Rd, Chestertown
1-877-620-8DNR (8367). Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)

Hours: Seasonally from May to December! Weekdays, 9am to 5pm / Saturdays & Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Visiting Lockbriar Farms is a great way to make a special bouquet! When you arrive, you’ll get a mason jar that you can fill with as many different flowers as you’d like. There are lots to choose from, such as sunflowers, gladiolus, zinnias, strawflowers, eucalyptus, lavender, gomphrena, bachelor buttons, basil, coxcomb, lisianthus, and spearmint!

They excel in offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, as well as an incredible ice cream barn. But remember not to overlook the opportunity to explore their pick-your-own sunflowers during the late summer and early fall!


Make sure to bring your shears so that you can cut the flowers. Once your jar is full, you can pay for it and take your lovely bouquet home.

5) Emily’s Produce

2214 Church Creek Rd, Cambridge

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 am-6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm. Closed every Tuesday

Emily’s produce farm has grown delicious fruits and vegetables for seven generations. Visitors can enjoy a picnic in the beautiful outdoor setting.

Kindly check their website or their Instagram for updated information!

6) Goldpetal Farms

37254 Manor Rd, Chaptico

Hours: Re-opens in late September for a third and final sunflower maze
Fees: $60 per session, receive three images
Parking: Allowed within the grass lot
Photographer: $50 DAY PASS / $150 SEASON PASS. Please see this Facebook post about photographers
Pets: If well-behaved, leashed, and cleaned up after

Goldpetal Farms is a family-owned and operated farm that blends agriculture, horticulture, ecology, and the visual arts through its sunflower mazes. It is an interactive experience with hands-on and educational components, and visitors can experience the flowers, fun, pollinators, sunsets, fireflies, and smiles.

Open their mazes and pick-your-own flower fields during the summer, typically running June through October, depending on the weather and field conditions.

7) Sunflowers in Jarrettsville, MD

3867 Norrisville Rd MD Route 23, Jarrettsville, MD

Hours: Sunday, September 25, 2023 from 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $5.00 per person to walk thru the fields & take pictures
Parking: Lots of parking space
Photography: Yes

Come and celebrate the last day with the Sunflowers! From the flower market and the bake set table to the crafters and a wagon ride, there’s something for everyone.

Check their Facebook Page for more details.

8) Magnolia Meadows Farm

13001 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont

Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from September 23 – October 29, 2023
Fees: Sold both online and in-person upon arrival.
Pets: YES, on a leash!
Picking: $2.00/stem|$15.00/mason jar (mix & match with cut flowers & fill with as many as you can fit!)
YES, with specific written consent.
Photography: YES, All guests entering the farm, including the photographer, must pay admission. Sessions outside of our business hours are available on designated dates by appointment only and are subject to a $50/hour fee.

Stay tuned for 2023 events! https://linktr.ee/magnoliameadowfarms!

Get immersed and don’t miss this new farm adventure with over 20 activities for all ages + sunflowers, pumpkins, & Maryland’s Largest Corn Maze! A 3-acre sunflower field which is one of the best and most beautiful spots for photos & picking your perfect bouquet! Magnolia Meadows Farm planted multiple varieties and colors!

9) Butler’s Orchard Sunflowers

22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown

Hours: See you in 2024
Pets: YES, Service animals only
Fees:  Tuesday-Thursdays: $5 + fee/person online, $7/person at the gate / Friday-Sundays: $10 + fee/person online, $12/person at the gate
Facilities: A flushable toilet is located at the Farm Market.  There are portable restrooms in the Farm Park and in the fields.  A handicapped portable restroom is also located at the Farm Market.

Join the 2023 Sunflower Spectacular! Stroll through two football fields of sunflowers and stop at the props the field have set up along the way for perfect Insta-worthy photos!

While you’re here, stop at their picking fields for some fruits, veggies & flowers, and visit the Farm Park to see their barnyard buddies and play on their playground & slides!

10) Rocky Point Creamery

4323A Tuscarora Road, Tuscarora, MD 21790

Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM ( This is the LAST WEEKEND for sunflowers🌻)
Pets: YES, on a leash!
Picking: $1 each

During the months of July and August, the Rocky Point Creamery offers a sunflower field where visitors can pick their own sunflowers.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the sunflowers aren’t the main attraction here. Actually, you should definitely make a stop for some of their delicious ice cream! The Rocky Point Creamery is actually a part of the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, so you can be sure you’re in for some high-quality treats.

Check out their Facebook page for the most current information and updates.

11) Clear Meadow Farm

3134 Troyer Rd, White Hall

See you in 2024

Located in Harford County, one of Maryland’s esteemed agricultural regions, Clear Meadow Farm is a hidden gem. With a dedicated and highly skilled team of farmers, we take pride in offering a wide range of agricultural products and services.

The peak bloom for this sunflower field occurs considerably later than in other sunflower fields across Maryland and Virginia, typically taking place from early to mid-September.

13) Clarksville Sunflower Festival

4979 Sheppard Lane, Ellicott City, MD

Hours: September 1-4, 2023 (Final Bloom)
Fees: There is no fee for admission, but you do need to pay for the blooms at the store at Mary’s Land Farm ( Blooms are 10 for $10). Booking here

The 4th Annual Sunflower Market at Mary’s Land Farm ended August 31 but there are still hundreds of good blooms. No admission is required to enter, but please pay for the blooms at the farm store.

Anticipating the 2024 Sunflower Market, where you can expect an expanded selection of blossoms, including larger sizes and improved accessibility for those with mobility challenges. Mark your calendar for Mary’s Land Farm’s Sunflower Market, set to run from August 14 to September 4 next year.

Don’t miss out on the sunflower extravaganza. Book your experience here

14) Sunflower Garden

2390 Manchester Rd, Westminster, MD
44 20 7255 0717

Hours: throughout September
Fees: $12

Embrace the sunlit days of summer with us at our charming Pick-Your-Own flower farm. Nestled in a serene setting, we specialize in sunflowers, but our gardens boast a delightful array of 30 different types of wildflowers and cut varieties.

Usually, the peak bloom occurs around late August. Nevertheless, the gardens become accessible for picking starting from early July, and this picking window extends until mid-September, as long as there remain flowers available to be picked.

While visiting, you have the opportunity to feed chickens, interact with the bunny rabbit, and purchase fresh vegetables from the on-site veggie stand.

Check the website for more details.

15) Summers Farm

7503 Hollow Road, Middletown

Hours: September 2, 3, 4, 9, & 10th from 10 am to 7 pm.
Fees: $19.50 / per person online and $23.50 / per person at the gate
Pets: Service animals only are welcome
Facilities: Yes, there are portable restrooms on the farm

With 45+ activities – plus the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – there’s something for everyone at Summers Farm. Find things to do that will keep active toddlers happy, school-aged youngsters intrigued, and young adults amazed!

Check out their Facebook page for the most current information and updates.

16) Farm Heritage Conservancy Sunflowers

6960 Serenity Farms Rd, Hughesville

Hours: See you in 2024!
Fees: FESTIVAL WEEKEND TICKETS $15 ( Sunflower picking with the build-your-own bouquet station are included in the ticket price)
Pets: Yes on a leash

 Enjoy 6 acres of pick-your-own sunflowers, hay rides, photo opportunities, a local art show, vendors, a petting pen, and more!

Bring your own shears!  Food will be available for purchase.

selective focus photo of yellow sunflower
Photo by Zszen John on Pexels.com

17) Valley View Acres

4005 Valley View Rd, Middletown, MD

Hours: 10am-4pm
Pets: NO PETS are permitted.  Service dogs are welcome!
Fees: $10 per person (cash only) includes all the flowers you can pick! Bring your buckets and snips.
Photographers: Inquire about appointment times and fee schedules at info@valleyviewacresmd.com
Payment: CASH only
Handicapped: No

Valley View Acres is with 154 acres and a private residence and working farm. They will provide cutters but recommend you bring your own too as they may all be loaned out when you arrive.

In addition, they also cultivate wildflowers, and guests have the opportunity to gather flowers to bring back home. The upcoming year, 2023, will mark the fifth anniversary of their sunflower festival!

You can also follow along on their Facebook & Instagram for more updates.

18) Gaver Farm

5501 Detrick Rd Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Hours: Weekends in September and October
Fees: $2/bloom
Pets: Only service animals with valid certification paperwork 
Parking: Free
Handicap: Yes
Facilities: Portable restrooms are available in several locations around the farm.
Clothing: Comfortable clothing for walking or hiking

Stroll along the sunflower pathways and capture memorable photos with our range of photo props, including the bojo swing, piano, Farmall tractor, and exciting new additions for the year 2023! Pre-picked apples are available in the Farm Market daily. 

Pick your own apples at Gaver Farm! Pick apples from the farm’s beautifully trellised apple trees- grown so you can easily pick without the use of ladders.

Visit their Facebook Page for additional and updated details.

19) Stone View Farm

3201 Deths Ford Road, Darlington, MD
443 752-0561

Hours: Friday 4 pm-8 pm | Saturday and Sunday 10 am-8 pm

Sunflowers are also in full bloom!

Wander through an expanse of boundless rows of vibrant sunflowers, their towering presence exuding both strength and elegance. Immerse yourself in a vibrant sea of golden petals, crafting a picturesque vista that is bound to leave you awestruck.

During August, Stone View Farm typically offer a delightful pick-your-own sunflower field for visitors to enjoy as well!

More details are also on their Instagram for you to check out!

Sunflower Field Etiquette

Each sunflower field in MD has its own set of rules. Please consider them carefully before going out to each sunflower field to avoid aggravation. Some general rules have been listed below:

  • Do not go to any sunflower fields in MD when they are not open.
  • Driveways are made of dirt and gravel – drive SLOWLY!
  • Do not smoke anywhere on the property, including in parking lots.
  • Only bring your pet on a leash if permitted.
  • Bring your own pruning shears and bucket if you’ll be picking your own sunflowers.
  • Only cut the stems you plan to purchase.
  • Leave the bees, butterflies, and other insects alone. They will fly away on their own.
  • Walk between the sunflower rows – use the paths.
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Wear sunscreen if you’ll be picking your own sunflowers.
  • Don’t forget bug spray since there are often woods nearby.
  • Wear flat shoes – you’ll be in the fields, sometimes in muddy spots. Save your heels for another time.
Obligatory Sunflower Selfie! (I’m not very good at these – I never look at the right spot!)

Final Thoughts on the Best Sunflower Fields in MD:

Nothing changes your disposition and puts a smile on your face like walking through a field of these full-face sunshiny beauties! So while we have to keep our distance, enjoy going outside and admiring these sunny flowers. Don’t forget to look for sunflower fields in your own state – I’ve also visited sunflower fields in North Carolina!

Have you visited a great sunflower field in your state? What did you think? What did you enjoy the most?

Looking for more things to do out and about in Maryland? Check out these other options:

Happy travels!
Annick, The Common Traveler

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