Nothing says summer like seeing fields of beautiful sunflowers! They make me smile. My Instagram and Facebook feeds 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 NC that you can visit.

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 North Carolina!

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Sunflower fields at Dogwood Farms

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

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

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

Dogwood Farms

8096 Belews Creek Road, Belews Creek, Forsyth County

Hours: 9 am to Sundown
Fees: $5 per 8 and older, discounts available for multiple groups (state employees, first responders, etc). Veterans and active duty are FREE. Cash or card accepted for all fees.
Parking: Free
Professional Photographers: $25 per hour (includes admission) – clients must still pay admission
Picking: Yes! Sunflowers $1/stem; wildflowers $3/6; $5/12.
Pets: On a leash only
Facilities: No

Located about half-an-hour outside of Greensboro, Dogwood Farms is the largest U-Pick sunflower field in the state! Dogwood Farms provides visitors with pruning shears and a bucket so you can pick your own flowers. It makes a beautiful setting for professional photos too, with various fields including multiple wildflower fields and sunflower fields. Two barns provide backgrounds as well. Plus they’re open at other times of year to pick various types of flowers and pumpkins.

A special Freedom Flower Event will take place over the July 4th weekend, featuring local vendors and craftsmen. Come celebrate Independence Day and receive $1 off admission if you show up wearing anything with an American flag.

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North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh
919-839-6262

Hours: dawn to dusk daily
Fees: FREE!
Parking: Free
Photographers: Need prior authorization
Picking: No
Pets: On a leash only
Facilities: Yes

While the NCMA is closed at this time, the beautiful Museum Park is still open! The sunflowers were planted a little later and are expected to bloom in August, so we’ll have to wait patiently a little longer to see those sunny faces!

Odom Farming Company

1426 Claridge Nursery Rd, Goldsboro
919-738-2905

Hours: 4-8 pm daily
Fees: $5 per person (2 and under free), includes 3 stems
Parking: Free
Photographers: $30 per day
Picking: Yes! $1per stem
Pets: No
Facilities: Yes

This small family-owned farm features a sunflower maze! Whether visitors choose to visit to see the flowers and the animals, schedule a picnic or laid back family gatherings here, this is a great place for the kids to run around.

Hill Ridge Farms

703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville
919-556-1771

Hours: 6:30am-12:00pm, closed noon to 4:30pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm — July 30th – August 14th, 2020
Fees: $20 per vehicle (regardless of the number of people)
Parking: Included in the fee
Photographers: no restrictions indicated
Picking: Yes! 1/2 dozen stems for $5, 1 dozen for $10; increments of 6 stems only for $5
Pets: No
Facilities: Portable potties

Located near Wake Forest, a short drive from Raleigh and Durham, expect to find about 50,000 blooms from 10 varieties of sunflowers! While the fields are open, the rest of the facilities will be closed, so bring your own shears and bags to carry your flowers. Find all the details on the farm’s Facebook page.

Raised in a Barn

2100 NC Hwy 33 E, Chocowinity
252-495-3398

Hours: variable – see their Facebook page
Fees: $5 per person
Parking: Free
Photographers: need an appointment, contact directly
Picking: Yes! $1per stem or a dozen for $10
Pets: No
Facilities: Yes

Located near Washington, and about 20 minutes from Greenville, Raised in a Barn hosted the NC Sunflower Festival in years past. The farm reassesses their hours each week, so check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Dewberry Farm

2585 Dewberry Farm Lane, Kernersville
336-971-4684

Hours: 9am-7pm on special U-pick days (announced on Facebook)
Fees: $5 per adult, $3 for 13-3 years old
Parking: Free
Photographers: $25 fee
Picking: Yes! $1.50 per sunflower, $0.50 per zinnia
Pets: No
Facilities: Yes

This private residence typically serves as an outdoor venue for weddings and special events but opens to the public for UPick events in the Spring for tulips and Summer for sunflowers and zinnias. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and are scheduled for a two-hour time frame but guests may stay as long as they like. Bring a blanket and have a picnic!

Pace Family Farms

12701 Buffalo Road, Clayton
919-398-2698

Hours: Tuesday/Thursday, 10am-2pm; Wednesday/Friday, 2-7pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm; closed Sunday
Fees: FREE!
Parking: Free
Photographers: $150 per two-hour sessions reserved in advance for posed portraits, see their policy
Picking: During Sunflower Day(s) only – $1/stem
Pets: No
Facilities: No

This small farm located in Johnston County hosts Sunflower Day(s). Expected to be during the first week or two in July 2020, visitors will be able to take self-portraits in the fields with these beauties. For $1 per stem, they can take them home as well.

Lady Luck Gardens

55 Lanzi Ledge Road, Leicester

About 35 minutes outside of Asheville, you’ll find this lovely field of wild and cultivated plants coming together. Truly heaven on earth. This beautiful facility hosts Community U-Pick Days on July 18 and August 29. Expect to see much more than sunflowers, including all kinds of wildflowers. Currently transitioning from a wedding venue to a more medicinal herb focused and relaxation getaway, expect nothing but awesome from this place!

Waxhaw Sunflower Fields

Corner of Providence Road and Ennis Road, Waxhaw

While Charlotte has other sunflower fields in nearby South Carolina, this is the only one in North Carolina. Located off Highway 16, local farmers have planted sunflower fields to bring smiles and good cheer for the last two years. These have traditionally bloomed in August. No word yet whether these are being planted this year.

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Cutting my own sunflowers with pruning shears

Sunflower Field Etiquette

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

  • Do not go to any sunflower field in NC when they are not open.
  • Driveways are made of dirt and gravel – drive SLOWLY!
  • Do not smoke anywhere on the property, including 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 fields, sometimes in muddy spots. Save your heels for another time.

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Raleigh Sunflower Fields

NC Sunflower Fields Closed for 2020

Several fields have opted to close this season. We can’t wait to see them in 2021!

Sunflower Fields at Dorothea Dix Park

75 Hunt Drive, Raleigh
919-996-6688

Hours: Sunup to Sundown
Fees: FREE!
Parking: Off Hunt Drive near the soccer fields on weekdays
Professional Photographers: Annual City of Raleigh Park permit required
Picking: No
Pets: On a leash only
Facilities: Port-a-johns

Photos of these sunflowers fill my Instagram every year! The city of Raleigh plants these fields every year in the Dorothea Dix Park so they can be enjoyed by everyone. The best part is that once they have wilted, the city repurposes the flowers into biofuel to power some of the city’s equipment.

Old River Farms

8711 Old River Road, Burgaw, NC
910-616-5884

While they are not open to the public for the 2020 sunflower season, this farm frequently posts specials on their Facebook page for fresh products and garden plants available for contact-less order.

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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 NC:

Nothing changes your disposition and puts a smile on your face like taking a walk 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.

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

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

Happy travels!
Annick, The Common Traveler

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