Hayrides + Haunted Houses For Maximum Fall Fun!

Updated: May 31

Fall is a lovely time of year to get the family out and do some fun and exciting things together. Going to haunted houses, hitting the corn mazes, and enjoying a stroll on a hayride are just a few of the fall-appropriate ideas that come to mind.

Plus, you can do all this among the ambiance of the fall leaves changing colors that paint your views—it is positively amazing!

It’s all about making some memories, and you will remember any of these fun events, trust me. I have compiled a list of the absolute best haunted houses, corn mazes and hayrides in the Lake Hartwell area.

Check this out and start planning all the fall festivities. Post updated 9/21/20

Pumpkin patch display

Corn Mazes & Hayrides Near Lake Hartwell

Grab the kids and visit any of these fantastic corn mazes and farms. There is so much to see and do, and I’d recommend you try to go to at least a couple of these places. You will have the best time trying everything out!

Denver Downs Farm

There is so much to experience and see at this heavenly fall adventure. Enjoy the musical pumpkin light show after dark, or navigate the corn maze with a flashlight. It’s slightly spooky yet impossible not to have a blast! They have a jumping jumbo pillow, zip line, tricycle races, pig races, and SO much more.

Washington Farms

It’s completely impossible to be bored when you’re visiting Washinton Farms! Choose from a wide plethora of activities such as duck racing, barnyard board games, hamster wheels, a pirate ship, inflatables, slides, pig races, and MORE! You really need to add this place to your agenda.

Little Cane Creek Farm 

Not only does Little Cane Creek Farm have an incredible 5-acre corn maze, but they also offer hayrides, a sunflower patch, pumpkin patch, and a play area. Plus, they have concessions too. You will need a nice snack after all your playing all day!

Hartwell Lakeside Campground

Enjoy a haunted woods and trail at the new Hartwell Lakeside Campground. After your haunted trail experience linger around the firepit and listen to music at the Cricket Amphitheater.

For a super family friendly fall treat, take a tour of the scarecrows in Hartwell.

Creepy Haunted Houses & Trails That Are Sure To Frighten You

These haunted houses and trails are close to Lake Hartwell, but they aren’t for the faint of heart. They are spooky, creepy, and perfect for people who love to feel the adrenaline rush of fear during the Halloween season. Check them out…if you dare. 🙂

Lake Hartwell haunted house

Sweet Dreams Scare House

Open September 18 – November 7 (Friday/Saturday only)

This gives you an idea of how scary this place is: you have to be at least 18 years old and sign a waiver to enter. The theme for 2020 is SDSH – Infected!

Expect to have to wear a mask this year…yeah, it’s annoying but otherwise, they can’t stay open. The R-rated tour is hands on so be prepared for the actors to touch or grab you. There’s a new haunted manor within the trail this year along with a gift shop and concessions. Fire shows and a live DJ keep the mood lively.

Plan a trip with your bravest friends, and remember, this haunted trail is not for the faint of heart. It’s a fun time for adults that you won’t soon forget. Tickets are $20+ and they recommend purchasing them online and in advance to make sure you get in.


250 Saco Lowell Rd

Easley, SC 29640


Fridays – Saturdays – 8:00 pm – until midnight

Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction

Open September 11 – November 7 (7 days a week)

Visiting this nightmare is just as terrifying as it sounds. Don’t go if you scare easily because it’s attendees report that this is a truly creepy attraction. If you love being scared to death, then you will have a blast here.

This attraction is also hands on, and they warn you that the actors may touch, grab, or even remove you from your group! This year’s theme is the true story of a family who bought a haunted house and were terrified by the creatures within.

The show goes on rain or shine as this haunted house is all indoors, and they don’t shut down till the crowd’s all done. Ticket sales are unlimited so buy online or in person till at least 11pm.


645 Old Anderson Rd

Greenville, SC 29611


Fridays – Saturdays – beginning at 8 pm

Haunted house in the woods near Lake Hartwell


Open September 11 – November 7 (Fridays/Saturdays in September, Friday – Sunday Oct and Nov)

Experience a variety of haunted attractions at Madworld. With several haunting themes, an escape room, and over a half mile of self guided terrifying trails, there’s plenty to see and do at this haunted house.

Madworld offers some family friendly features like a no-scare medallion so that actors will know not to push the little ones too far. And there’s space to enjoy the festivities while you wait for your braver friends to come through the other side.

It’s recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance as lines start forming as early as 7pm and get longer toward the end of the season.


147 Country Manor Road

Piedmont, SC 29673


Weekends 8pm to 12am – hours vary check their website for more information.

Paranoia Haunted House

Open October 2 – November 1 (Friday – Sunday)

This is the number 1 rated haunted house in Georgia. Hold on to your seats because you will be in for a wild and frightening ride during this visit!

The theme for 2020 is Quarantine Unleashed plus a bonus attraction in their haunted forest. Buy a VIP pass online and skip the lines – check out their ticket prices here.


2075 Marietta Highway

Canton, GA 30114


Fridays – Saturdays – 8:00 pm – varies until 11:00 pm or 12:00 pm

Whispering Woods Haunted House

Walk through this haunted trail in Royston, Ga and face your deepest, darkest fears. This trail will have you winding through a seemingly never ending frightful adventure.


1285 Otis Skelton Rd. – Royston, Ga


October 2-31, Fridays – Saturdays 7:30 pm to 11 pm

Fairview Haunted Trail

Closed for 2020

The haunted hollow is sure to leave you breathless and spooked! If you make it out of the haunted, heavily wooded trail, you are going to want to tell your friends all about this place. It’s that scary!


231 Griggs Road

Six Mile, SC 29682


Fridays & Saturdays – 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

What is your favorite fall family activity?

I hope you are as excited as I am about all these places to visit. Whether you want to be frightened out of your mind or you want some down-home family fun, you are sure to find plenty of activity around Lake Hartwell this fall.

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