Best Strawberry Picking in Virginia at U-Pick Farms Near DC

Updated on April 30, 2024 by Julie McCool

Enjoy strawberry picking in Virginia at u-pick farms near Washington DC plus fun Strawberry Festivals to celebrate the season. Picking strawberries is a great spring activity for families, couples, and outdoor lovers of all ages. Fruit farms in Virginia are perfect for a day trip from Washington DC.

You'll find 2024 Strawberry Festival dates below and we'll update more 2024 strawberry picking dates as they're announced. Our list includes the best strawberry picking in Northern Virginia plus other fruit and produce farms close to DC. Plan a full day outing or a longer getaway with the “Nearby fun” links.

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In the fall, return to the farm for Apple Picking in Northern Virginia and fun at Northern VA pumpkin patches. In winter, you can find the perfect Christmas tree at local farms.

Berries Ready for Picking at U-pick Strawberry Farms in Virginia
U-pick Strawberry Farms in Virginia

Strawberry Picking in Northern Virginia at U-Pick Farms

Strawberry picking in Northern Virginia is a favorite family activity. There are several u-pick strawberry farms to choose from, all within a couple of hours' drive from Washington DC. Some farms host extra activities and annual Strawberry Festivals.

Northern Virginia strawberry picking locations are listed below in order of distance from DC. Follow the links for additional details. Inclement weather can lead to unexpected closures, so always check the current status before you head out.

Wegmeyer Farms, Gilbert's Corner, Leesburg, Hamilton

With 3 locations, Wegmeyer Farms has extensive strawberry picking fields in Northern Virginia. You can also get pre-picked berries at all three locations.

New in 2024! The first Lincoln Strawberry Festival will feature strawberry picking, live entertainment, contests, and family fun. Tickets are $15 for admission May 18 or 19, 2024. 18451 Taylor Road, Lincon VA.

Reservations are required for the u-pick strawberry fields. Purchase your ticket online to reserve a timeslot. In 2023, a $29 ticket covered the family and included your first bucket of berries.

Choose your Wegmeyer u-pick strawberry field and plan a day trip:

Gilbert's Corner, at the intersection of Routes 50 and 15 in Aldie. Available for pre-picked berries.

Nearby fun: Take an easy Gilbert's Corner Park hike, enjoy a scenic drive on the Snickersville Turnpike, or plan a weekend getaway at one of these fantastic Wine Country vacation rentals and Airbnbs.

Oatlands, on Route 15 in Leesburg. Reservations are required for the u-pick strawberry field.

Nearby fun: Tour Oatland's historic mansion and beautiful grounds. Enjoy lunch at a tasty Leesburg restaurant and spend time exploring historic downtown Leesburg.

Hamilton, 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton. Make your reservation for Wegmeyer's largest u-pick strawberry field.

Nearby fun: Sip and relax at nearby wineries with spectacular views or at one of the many excellent craft breweries on the LoCo Ale Trail.

Great Country Farms, Bluemont

2024 strawberry picking at Great Country Farms is $4.99 per pound while supplies last. Arrive early because they are usually picked out by noon. 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont

You can also celebrate the season at the annual Strawberry Jubilee. Parades and contests plus jumping pillows, rope swings, mazes, a fish pond, farm animals, and more make this a family favorite. The 2024 Strawberry Jubilee will be on May 18 – 19, 25 – 26, and Jun 1 – 2, 2024. Festival admission is $10 – $16 with optional add-ons.

Nearby fun: Explore more Fantastic Fun Things to Do in Bluemont Virginia.

Yankey Farms, Bristow

2024 Strawberry picking open on April 30 and reservations are only required on Saturdays and Memorial Day. Check the Yankey Facebook page for daily updates as rain may close the fields for the day. The Yankey Farms u-pick strawberry field is at 11812 Bristow Road in Bristow VA.

Nearby fun: Enjoy a day of Hiking and History in Prince William County.

Hollins Farms, Delaplane

This beautiful u-pick farm is situated on a hill in Fauquier County with pretty views of the surrounding countryside. Return in July to enjoy the u-pick flower fields plus u-pick berries and other fresh produce. 1524 Snowden Road, Delaplane.

Nearby fun: Take a hike or picnic by the pond at Sky Meadows State Park.

Green Truck Farm, Markham

The u-pick strawberry field opened on April 28 2024 and will reopen on May 1. The farm also offers u-pick blueberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, blackberries, and veggies beginning in late June.

Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the entrance to Hartland Farms, Green Truck is a beautiful spot for fruit picking throughout the growing season. Containers are provided at the u-pick strawberry field. 3015 Hartland Lane, Markham.

Nearby fun: Take a scenic loop drive through Virginia Hunt Country. And be sure to come back in the fall for some of the best apple picking in Virginia.

Braehead Farm, Fredericksburg

Reservations are not required at this u-pick fruit farm in historic Fredericksburg and there are free playgrounds behind the market. The 2024 u-pick strawberry field opened on April 17. 1130 Tyler Street, Fredericksburg

Nearby fun: Extend your outing with these 8 Great Things to Do on a Fredericksburg Virginia Day Trip

Messick's Farm Market, Bealeton

Pick fresh strawberries, visit the animals at the petting zoo, and play on the bounce pillow, slides, swings, and more during Strawberry Festival weekends. 6025 Catlett Road, Bealeton. In 2024, the annual Strawberry Festival is held the last two weekends of April and the first two weekends of May (Saturday and Sunday, Apr 20 – May 12, 2024).

Admission to the Strawberry Festival is $13/$8 advance for general/seniors and $15/$10 at the door (3 and under free). You'll also pay for the strawberries you pick. On weekdays, there is no admission for strawberry-picking.

Nearby fun: Quaint downtown Culpeper is packed with great restaurants and shops.

Berry Good Farm, Bealeton

You may have encountered this family farm offering its jams and jellies at NoVA garden and food festivals. Visit the farm in Bealeton for u-pick strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. 6062 Dwyer Lane, Bealton.

Mackintosh Fruit Farm, Berryville

Stop in the market (May – October) to enjoy breakfast or lunch from the kitchen. Later in May, head to the field for strawberry picking. Subscribe to the Mackintosh newsletter for updates on u-pick hours and status. 1608 Russell Road, Berryville.

Nearby fun: Spend the day exploring Winchester's walkable downtown.

Chiles Family Orchard, Crozet

Chiles Peach Orchard offers strawberry picking (plus peaches, veggies, and more) at a family farm just outside Charlottesville. Sister site Carter Mountain Orchard is one of our favorite places for apple picking. Allow time to snack on apple cider donuts with a spectacular view. 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.

Nearby fun: Explore Fun and Unique Things to Do in Charlottesville and 21 Favorite Local Restaurants in Charlottesville.

Gallmeyer Farms, Richmond VA

Make it a day trip and head to Gallmeyer Farms, a popular u-pick berry farm near Richmond. Beginning in mid-May, the farm offers free strawberry picking in the u-pick field at 3622 Darbytown Court. Admission, parking, and containers are all free and visitors can also enjoy a free hayride, play area, and picnic area.

Celebrate the 41st annual Ashland Strawberry Faire on June 1, 2024. The festival is held at Randolf-Macon College, just north of Richmond.

Nearby fun: Explore Unique Fun and Cool Things to Do in Richmond or visit the nearby Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Immanuel's Ground: The Shenandoah Valley Academy Farm, New Market

This u-pick farm is run by Shenandoah Valley Academy students and volunteers using organic methods. They expect the 2024 pick-your-own strawberry fields to be ready in June. 100 Bindery Road, New Market, VA

Nearby fun: The farm is close to some fantastic hikes including Big Schloss, about 30 miles north, and Shenandoah National Park, 25 miles east.

Buena Vista Agriculture, New Baltimore

Buena Vista did not open a u-pick strawberry field in 2023 and they haven't announced plans for one in 2024. This pick-your-own farm west of Gainesville in Fauquier County offered strawberry picking in spring and pumpkin picking in the fall. 4262 Lee Highway, New Baltimore

Nearby fun: Visit nearby Warrenton to eat, shop, and support local businesses.

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Maryland Strawberry Picking Farms Near Washington DC

Here are more places to go strawberry picking in Maryland, close to Washington DC.

Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Road, Germantown MD

Gorman Farms, 12570 Scaggsville Road, Highland MD

Miller Farms, 10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton MD

Shlagel Farms, 12850 Shlagel Road, Waldorf MD

Southern Comfort Berry Farm, 22410 Bushwood Wharf Rd, Bushwood MD

Baskets of Fresh Picked Strawberries in Northern VA
Fresh Picked Strawberries

Tips for Strawberry Picking in Virginia

Strawberry season in Virginia is usually in May and June. Of course, weather can have a huge impact on the timing and length of the strawberry u-pick season. In 2020 a Mother's Day freeze decimated the strawberry crop and canceled the u-pick season for many farms. Fortunately, the weather most years supports a strong strawberry crop.

Want to enjoy farm fresh strawberries without the effort? Happily, the farms on our list also offer pre-picked strawberries so you can still enjoy all that spring flavor. You'll also find fresh berries and local fruit and produce at over 50 Northern Virginia Farmers Markets.

Common Rules at Strawberry Farms

Every u-pick farm with strawberry picking in Virginia has rules to keep visitors and the crop safe and happy. Make sure everyone in your group understands and follows the rules at the farm you visit.

While u-pick farm rules vary, here are some guidelines that apply to almost any strawberry picking location.

  • Always check the farm website or social media page before you head out. Availability, hours, and crop conditions can change rapidly, especially when storms are in the forecast.
  • In 2023, some farms required reservations, especially on weekends. Capacity limits mean fewer spots for pickers, so plan ahead.
  • Dress for dirty and possibly muddy fun. Waterproof boots are a good idea, especially after rainy days.
  • Check in when you arrive to get picking buckets or to have your own container weighed. Some farms allow visitors to bring their own containers and some do not.
  • Pay before you eat. It's tempting to sample the fruit in the field, but farms depend on their earnings from the fruit they grow.
  • Check the rules before you bring your pet. Most farms on our list welcome well-behaved leashed dogs, but they may not be allowed in the fields.
  • Fresh strawberries spoil fast, so plan to eat, cook, or freeze your fruit soon after picking.
  • Bring a cooler to keep your berries fresh, especially if you are going to make other stops after your u-pick visit.
  • Farms with strawberry picking in Virginia are busiest on weekends. Visit on a weekday for a quieter experience.

Pick your own strawberries are one of the tastiest highlights of spring in Virginia. Many farms on our list also offer peach picking, cherry-picking, and other fruit-picking options. The strawberry picking season doesn't last long, so plan ahead and use our guide to find fun and tasty strawberry fields near you.

Whether this is your first time strawberry picking in Virginia or an annual event, we wish you a happy and fun-filled spring outing.

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