Strawberry Picking in Virginia and U-Pick Farms Near DC

Strawberry picking in Virginia is a fun spring activity for families, couples, and outdoor lovers of all ages. Fortunately, there are many u-pick strawberry farms in Virginia that make a perfect day trip from Washington DC.

Fruit picking is a chance to get outdoors and come away with delicious, seasonal, and local berries. Strawberries are one of the first treats of spring so read on to find fun Virginia strawberry farms near you.

Below is a listing of the best strawberry picking in Northern Virginia and other fruit and produce farms close to Washington DC. Plan a full day outing or a longer getaway with the “Nearby fun” links.

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.

Tips for Strawberry Picking in Virginia

Strawberry season in Virginia is 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 at some 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 2022, many farms require 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 of the farms listed below 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.

Fresh Strawberries

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 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 the most extensive strawberry picking fields in Northern Virginia. You can also get pre-picked berries at all three locations.

Reservations are required for the u-pick strawberry fields. Purchase your ticket online to reserve a timeslot. In 2022, a $29 ticket covers the family and includes 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 in 2022.

Nearby fun: Take 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.

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

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

Strawberry picking is just one of the fun activities included in your admission to Great Country Farms. Creative outdoor play spaces include jumping pillows, rope swings, mazes, a fish pond, farm animals, and more. Start your visit with a wagon ride to the u-pick fields. 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont

Celebrate the season at the annual Strawberry Jubilee, May 21 – 22, and 28 – 30, 2022.

Nearby fun: 15 Fantastic Fun Things to Do in Bluemont Virginia.

Yankey Farms, Bristow *NEW Location

Strawberry picking sessions are likely to be reservation only in 2022. Check the Yankey Facebook page for the official opening of this fun u-pick field. NEW Location: In 2022, the Yankey Farms u-pick strawberry field is at 11806 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

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. 1130 Tyler Street, Fredericksburg

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

Buena Vista Agriculture, New Baltimore

This pick-your-own farm west of Gainesville in Fauquier County offers 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.

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. Enjoy extra activities during the annual Strawberry Festival. 6025 Catlett Road, Bealeton.

Celebrate at the annual Strawberry Festival, weekends in May, beginning May 8, 2022.

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 Virginia 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 40th annual Ashland Strawberry Faire on June 11, 2022.

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

Take a free scenic drive through the Carter Mountain apple orchard.
Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

More Strawberry Picking Farms Near Washington DC

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

Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Road, Germantown MD

Champion U-Pick Strawberries, 100 Bindery Road, New Market, VA

Gorman Farms, 12570 Scaggsville Road, Highland MD

Miller Farms, 10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton MD

Shlagel Farms, 12850 Shlagel Road, Waldorf MD

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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  1. Where are the most affordable strawberries? With three hungry little pickers we can very quickly pick A LOT of berries.

    • That’s a great question, April! Policies vary by farm so pricing will partly depend on how much you pick. For example, Wegmeyer charges $29 but that ticket covers the whole family and your first bucket of berries. Other farms don’t charge an entry fee but you pay by the pound for whatever you pick. In general, you’re praying for the amount you pick and prices per pound are similar from farm to farm. You might want to compare a few of the farms closest to you.

      • Thanks! I found out Shlagel farm in Waldorf, MD is $3.79/lb and Breahead farm is $3.99/lb. Not sure exactly how much a bucket is at wegmeyer. Also, do you recommend great country farms strawberry festival even though they don’t have PYO berries this year? Hoping to go somewhere this week! Thanks!

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