Sinkland Farms: Everything You Need to Know

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Oooooh, rural Virginia, how I have a love-hate relationship with thee. I grew up in Southwest Virginia, but, like lots of teenagers, I made haste to leave as soon as I had a diploma in hand. While I love visiting the stunning scenery, I’m pretty claustrophobic by day four. This is more likely related to my parents living in a dense suburban-style neighborhood and my general distaste for seeing / hearing / smelling the neighbors. But you know what densely populated neighborhoods are awesome for? Trick or treating.

And that’s how I found myself back in Southwest Virginia in October. While country living in New England is beautiful, it isn’t a great place to trick or treat. And because it’s such a long drive for my crew to get to this particular neck of the woods, we have to make the trip worth it. This means we hunker down for seven or eight days and need to find something to fill our time. Besides walking the neighborhood, that is.

Last year, we ventured to Randolph Park in Dublin for their trick-or-treat trail. It was lots of fun and I remembered what I loved about small towns – the community. This is also what I hate about small towns, but I digress. For the blog’s sake, I decided we’d try something different this year. After some research, I decided to give Sinkland Farms’ pumpkin festival a try.

Address3060 Riner Rd, Christiansburg, VA 24073
Hours of OperationVaries by season
Admission: Kids/ Adults/ Seniors$15*/ $15/ $15
Stroller FriendlyOff-road capable strollers only
ParkingFree / Hilly Field / Some gravel areas
Picnic FriendlyYes
Clean Bathrooms / Changing AreasPorta-Potties / Changing Tent
Water Bottle FillerNo
Best AgesAny
Apparel RecommendationSeasonal gear minus a layer
Gear RecommendationBaby-wearing apparatus like ErgoBaby
Sunscreen / Bug Spray? Yes / No
Best Season to VisitFall
Breastfeeding FriendlinessNot so much.
*Children under 3 are free.


The layout of Sinkland Farms is a little bit hodge-podge. We parked in the field. Upon arrival, there was a small pig pen to the right, next to the corn maze and porta-potty alley. Straight ahead was a small barn, some bench seating, and pumpkins for sale. Beyond that was the children’s play area, and further down the hill was live music, barnyard animals, and food vendors. Behind the pumpkin area were tents and the ability to take a hayride to an actual pumpkin patch. The tents appear to have had artisans selling goodies, but I didn’t venture out that way.

Due to the hilly area, Sinkland Farms isn’t great for strollers, unless you have something like a BOB. If I had a baby in tow, I think I’d just opt for a baby-wearing apparatus, like an Ergo. I would; however, make sure that it’s comfortable in warmer weather, as there isn’t much shade. I absolutely recommend sunscreen (or sunshirt), sunglasses, and a hat.


From sensory tables and bubbles to climbing structures, swings, slides, and even a zipline (!), there is enough going on at Sinkland Farms to keep kids busy for a full afternoon.


Of all the activities, my favorite was the jumping pad. Normally, this wouldn’t be the case. I have written about jumping pads before, but this one was smaller and lower to the ground. In other words, If I needed to launch myself across the pad, I could do it easily, and I wasn’t worried about my toddler tumbling off the edge.


The sensory table. Sinkland Farms has a sensory table set up with trucks and dried corn. The kids can pick the corn kernels, and then play in them. It is super simple, but my kids spent a large quantity of time with this activity. My crew is quite overwhelmed by large crowds and the boisterous energy of other children, so this likely provided a bit of respite from that vibe.


Pig Sprints. My husband spent his first six years in Queens, NYC. The rest of his life has been spent in the Boston suburbs. He is, by definition, a city boy. The pig sprints were the highlight of his experience. Why? I’m not sure and he isn’t great at articulating things. My gut feeling is that it was his first time and the pigs were cute, even if the experience was a little sad.



The bathrooms at Sinkland Farms are adequate. There are two porta-potty alleys, a changing “tent” and an actual bathroom in a building next to the food truck area. I didn’t go into the built bathroom and can’t speak to it. The porta-potties; however, were…. fine. I’ve seen better, and I’ve certainly seen worse. They weren’t trashed or overflowing, but they could’ve used a bit more love. The changing “tent” seemed a bit rickety (and hot) to me, so I’d say it’s best to change your kiddo in the car or take your chances in the bathroom by the food trucks. I’d say these are probably in good condition as Sinkland Farm hosts weddings in this area of the farm.


There are a plethora of options to choose from at Sinkland Farms in regard to food. We chose barbeque, but I saw pizza, gyros, cupcakes, and an Oktoberfest tent. My crew of five (including the husband) enjoyed our food, but my mom complained about it being “dry.” I think she is accustomed to BBQ swimming in sauce, as opposed to selecting your own sauce and amounts (which was the case at the BBQ truck). I’m a bit of a foodie, so I definitely wouldn’t let her assessment of dry meat sway you away from the BBQ truck.


Breastfeeding can be a little tricky at Sinkland Farms. I’m a seasoned veteran in this department, having breastfed for seven years straight (different kids, but each overlapping the other). I don’t mind breastfeeding anywhere or any time and under any conditions, but I do enjoy a shady place to sit or stand. At Sinkland Farms, this is a bit hard to come by. There are benches near the barn, but they are largely unshaded. There is a small bench under a tree in the same location, but it seemed to attract an older population who appeared to settle in for a while. Additionally, a small shaded picnic area exists down the hill, but that might get dicey in the conservative neck of the woods that is the NRV. Personally, I’ll just go for it and tell anyone who has an issue to go eat their BBQ under a blanket, but everyone has their own comfort level.


Sinkland Farms offers a family package that includes two adult tickets with adult beverages, two kid tickets and beverages, unlimited passes on the fun slide (I don’t think anyone checks for this), and a pumpkin of your choosing. It’s $90 and felt worth it for us.


“This is like someone had backyard barbeque and invited strangers and charged them for it.” -Husband

There’s no better way to sum up the general vibe of Sinkland Farms’ Pumpkin Festival. That being said, Sinkland Farms is a really cool idea that’s been poorly executed. The climbing structures built on hills didn’t feel safe and the hodgepodge layout of the festivities made it hard to fully enjoy the experience. I’d love to see Sinkland Farms use their tractors to clear a flat space for all the childhood climbing structures. Intentionally planting a few shade trees in the area would be helpful for everyone. Lastly, parking the food trucks in a way that allows parents to grab a bite / drink while keeping an eye on their children would really bring it home.

Will we go back? I’m not sure. I hear from the locals at the beauty parlor (also a real thing) that they prefer Thornspring Pastures. This feels like it’ll be on my list for next year.

Happy adventuring!

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