7 Fun Things to Do in Sampson County this Fall

Fall is here and it’s one of the best times of the year to explore Sampson County. Bring the family and explore our small towns and communities and enjoy our outdoors and festivals, history, and great food!


1.  Pick pumpkins and explore the Hubb’s Farm award-winning corn maze!

Come out to Southeastern North Carolina’s premier agritourism fun park!  Open seasonally throughout the year with various events. If you’d like to bring your family out to visit the 14th annual Hubb’s corn maze, sunflower patch, and pumpkin patch and fall season activities, tickets are sold online at hubbsfarmnc.com.

2.  Enjoy our fall festivals

We’ve got a great lineup of great family-friendly festivals this fall.  Savor some #NCBBQ at Clinton’s largest annual event, Clinton Square Fair and BBQ Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 9th.  Experience a part of the past and the tradition of sorghum cooking and syrup making at the Annual Old Sorghum Festival at McDaniels Crossroads on Saturday, 10/16.  Celebrate Eastern North Carolina and Sampson County’s roots in agriculture at the semi-annual Sampson County Ag Day on Saturday, Oct. 30.

3.  Eat some authentic NC BBQ at Southern Smoke BBQ or Southern Style BBQ & Fried Chicken

Lunchtime on Thursdays and Fridays is special in Garland. Stop to taste some of the finest BBQ and home cooking in North Carolina at Southern Smoke BBQ – you will be so glad you did!  If you’re in Clinton any day of the week – Monday thru Saturday, plan to eat at local family-owned favorite Southern Style BBQ and Fried Chicken. Watch their story covered by WRAL’s Scott Mason, North Carolina’s Tarheel Traveler.

4.  Play a round of golf

Enjoy a day out on one of our four semi-private courses – Timerblake Country Club or Coharie Country Club in Clinton, the Lakewood Country Club in Salemburg, or the Sandy Ridge Country Club in Dunn.

5.  Explore and learn about history at the Sampson County History Museum Village

The Sampson County History Museum has grown from a single house to a “village” of eleven buildings on a two-acre campus. It is the “Key to the Past”, highlighting the land and inhabitants of this area, since the 1700s.  Do not miss this Eastern North Carolina treasure!

6.  Take a Walk or Rides Bikes along the stretch of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail that runs through Newton Grove and Roseboro

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s state hiking trail.  It stretches 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks that crosses through two of Sampson County’s towns, Newton Grove and Roseboro.  Click on the link below to view the MST Rack Card to see Segment 12-B and learn more.  Stop for a bite to eat at Vinny’s or Railroad Street Steakhouse in Roseboro, or The Farm House or Eddie’s Cafe in Newton Grove!  Call ahead for hours and days of operation.


7.  Grab your fishing and camping gear and enjoy a family picnic at Taste of Heaven Campground

Taste of Heaven Pond and Campgrounds is a true hidden gem tucked away in our neck of the woods in Dunn near Newton Grove.  Make memories and enjoy a day of fishing, paddling as well as a picnic or overnight camping on their beautiful campgrounds.  A perfect family fun outdoor activity.  Give them a call to make your plans at 910.890.4472.

Do you want to know more about Sampson County and its small towns?  Discover History & Find Your Roots in Sampson County!

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