Beautiful Sunflower Fields in Maryland and Virginia

Sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia are truly one of the best parts about summer in living in Washington, DC, and makes the perfect day trip from the city. I love getting outside and seeing the beautiful fields and I’m sure you will too! I hope this list helps you find the perfect place.

I’ve become a bit obsessed with sunflowers! They’ve always been my favorite flower since my parents used to plant them every summer in our garden. As someone who has lived for years in the DMV, there’s a lot of great sunflower fields in Virginia and Maryland. Here are my favorites.

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About Sunflower Season in Virginia and Maryland

Sunflower season in Virginia and Maryland typically spans from late June to early September, with peak bloom usually occurring in July. The further north you go, the earlier they bloom, and vice versa. During this summer season, vast fields of sunflowers can be found all over the region with bursts of vibrant yellows and oranges, coupled with stunning landscapes; it’s beautiful!

In Virginia and Maryland, sunflower fields can be found in various locations, including farms and agricultural areas. Some farms even offer sunflower picking experiences, allowing visitors to choose their own blooms to take home.

It’s essential to check the specific bloom times and locations each year, as they can vary depending on weather conditions and planting schedules. I’ve given approximate times from years past. Additionally, many of the different places in this guide have specific guidelines or entry fees. Read about each carefully and decide what works best for you!

Tips for Visiting Sunflower Fields

Visiting sunflower fields is one of my favorite day trips from DC and can be a really fun experience. However, after visiting quite a few, I’ve got some tips to share to make your time at sunflower fields in Virginia and Maryland more enjoyable. 

  1. Bring Essentials to Beat the Heat: Be prepared for your visit by bringing essentials such as sunscreen, water, and a camera or smartphone for capturing photos.
  2. Remember, You are Visiting a Farm: Wear comfortable walking shoes and make sure you dress accordingly. I still wear dresses to sunflower fields (after all they are called sundresses!) but don’t bring your cutest shoes. They’ll probably get muddy and dirty.
  3. Check Bloom Times: Sunflower blooms are seasonal, so make sure to check the bloom times before planning your visit. Typically, peak bloom occurs in mid to late summer, but this can vary depending on the location and weather conditions.
  4. Respect Property and Regulations: If you’re visiting a farm or wildlife area, respect any posted signs and regulations. Stay on designated paths or areas, and avoid trampling or damaging the flowers. Don’t pick flowers if directed not to.
  5. Best Time of Day to Visit: For the best light for photography and avoiding the heat, consider visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Additionally, weekdays may be less crowded than weekends.
  6. Be Mindful of Wildlife: Sunflower fields often attract bees and other pollinators, so be mindful of their presence and avoid disturbing them. Also, keep an eye out for other wildlife that may inhabit the area.

Sunflower Fields in Maryland

Mckee Besher Wildlife Management Area – free

Sycamore Landing Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837

Here are the directions copied from the website: “From the Capital Beltway, take Exit 39 (River Road) west toward Potomac. Proceed for approximately 11 miles to the intersection of River Road and MD 112, Seneca Road. Turn left and continue on River Road for about 2 1/2 miles. McKee-Beshers will be on your left as you head west on River Road.”

There are multiple sunflower fields, so if the field you see isn’t in full bloom yet, drive down River Road towards DC. One of the other fields could be in full bloom already.

These are the tallest blooms I’ve seen! Bring a ladder if you want to see over them.

These fields get really muddy. Wear good shoes or prepare for lots of mud.

Flowers usually bloom early to mid-July, check their website for details.

Emily’s Produce

2214 Church Creek Rd.Cambridge, MD 21613

This is a family-owned farm that I automatically fell in love with. It has far more than flowers, but their sunflower and berry fields are my favorite!

Each year they’ve grown their farm a bit and you can now find a bunch of pick-your-own fields right on the Eastern Shore.

Their sunflowers usually bloom in July, check their website for more details.

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Butler’s Orchard

22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland, 20876

I first visited this farm in the fall a few years ago when I wanted to do some apple picking in the Fall. It’s a beautiful farm that operates year-round. In the summer though, they have fields of flowers and berries ready to be picked!

There are festivals that happen at Butler’s Orchard throughout the year and they charge a small admission fee to enter.

They are reservation only at this time, and fields open around the second week of July. Find out details here.

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Lockbriar Farms

10051 Worton Rd Chestertown, MD 21620

This is a family-owned and operated u-pick fruit farm, committed to providing the highest quality of fresh, local products and outdoor fun since ’89.

They are a seasonal farm, but you can visit them on-site from May – October each year. They are free to visit, and you pay for each stem you pick.

The sunflowers are usually ready to pick late August. Check their website for details.

Valley View Acres

4005 Valley View Rd, Middletown, MD 21769

Valley View Acres has an annual Sunflower Festival that is tons of fun to visit! I went a few years ago and they had food, live music, and plenty of flowers for picking. Each year, they sell tickets on their Facebook and are cash only on-site.

They also offer private sessions in case you want any photos or private photography! Sessions start at $30 per hour.

Events and flower picking are usually held middle to end of July. Check their website for more.

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Rocky Point Creamery

4323A Tuscarora Road Tuscarora, MD 21790

Ice cream and sunflowers are honestly the perfect combo. Need I say more about this one? Honestly, this is such a cool place to visit for more than just this reason!

Each summer, Rocky Point Creamery plants two acres of sunflowers and donates all of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital!

They typically bloom in August and bloom for about two to three weeks. Their website gives further details.

Sunflower Fields in Virginia

Braehead Farm

1130 Tyler St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
 

Tucked away in a small industrial corridor right outside of Downtown Fredericksburg, Braehead Farm is a unique farm. Braehead’s family focus makes it a perfect spot for families looking to pick sunflowers, but also make a day of their time at a farm!

From a giant sand pit, to playground equipment, to an open hayloft with a swing, there’s a lot to keep you busy here; most notably, the treehouse especially is a wonder for children. 

They also have a pick your own produce and what you’re reading this article for – sunflowers! This produce is weighed and purchased at the market, all while using one of the pre-weighed ‘buskets.’ While at the market, grab a few picnic items for lunch too.

Flowers here bloom from August – first frost (usually mid-late September). They keep their website updated.

Burnside Farms – $8

Nokesville, VA, Exact address changes yearly, check here. 

This is in Virginia and honestly one of my favorite flower fields and not far away from Maryland! They have a wonderful pick your own flower option with many different flowers depending on the time of year. You’ll also find giant trampolines, local ice cream, and special events throughout the summer.

They plant over 30 varieties of “cutting” sunflowers on eight acres in successive crops to ensure at least six weeks of blooming flowers – through Labor day.

The middle of July is usually when their sunflower fields begin to bloom. 

Auburn Sunflower Patch

17736 Auburn Road, Brandy Station, Virginia 22714

Auburn Farm Sunflower Patch offers 15 acres of pick-your-own sunflowers, 4 acre corn maze, craft vendors, yard games for both kids and adults, plus food vendors! Admission is $10 per person 5 & under are free.

This is a family owned and operated farm that offers sunflowers through late summer. Parking here is easy and free; families especially enjoy these sunflower fields!

Festival happens in mid-September. Check their Facebook page for the latest!

Alvis Farms

1080 Seay Rd. Manakin-Sabot, VA 

This is a 4th generation farm located not farm from Richmond, VA. It’s a dairy farm year-round, but during the summer, they fill fields with sunflowers and offer different activities such as picking your own and a festival (usually happens the last week of August). 

While here, don’t miss petting the baby cows and photo opps they have set up during pick your own flowers! Wear good walking shoes here as the fields get muddy and you may end up having to walk a fair distance to pick fresh flowers.

The festival happens the last weekend of August, and the flowers bloom late July – August. Check their website for the latest.

sunflower fields in maryland
Discover the stunning sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia. Escape the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of these vibrant summer attractions.
Discover the stunning sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia. Escape the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of these vibrant summer attractions.
Discover the stunning sunflower fields in Maryland and Virginia. Escape the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of these vibrant summer attractions.

 

I hope these sunflower fields in Virginia and Maryland will help you find the perfect spot for some flower picking this summer! There are so many great options out there, and you won’t be disappointed.

Meghan

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