Just a few miles from historic downtown Cartersville, Pettit Creek Farms is home to a menagerie of animals to rival metropolitan zoos.
Unlike a traditional zoo however, owners Scott and June Allen have placed most of the animals from different parts of the globe in the same pastures on this 80 acre farm. A glance around any given pasture will show you heart-warming odd animal friends like a baby camel and her best friend, an old goat.
The farm is a place where you actually meet animals instead of just observing them. The farm has been in the Allen family since 1945 when Raymond and Fannie Mae Allen relocated from nearby land that had been flooded for Allatoona Lake to what is now referred to as “Pettit Creek Farms.” Generations of Allens have hand-raised many of the animals from birth and are experts in their field.
Pumpkin Fest and Holiday Lights at Pettit Creek Farms
September through November 1 is Autumn at the Pumpkin Fest. There are tractor-pulled hay ride tours through the farm, a petting zoo, a corn maze, camel rides, Euro-Bungy, moonwalks, concessions, music, campfires and a pumpkin patch. Admission includes everything except concessions, alfalfa biscuits to feed the animals on the hayride, the Euro-Bungy and camel rides. The pumpkins and ornamental squashes are organized by size and prices vary. We purchase our Halloween pumpkins here each year as it is one of their biggest fundraisers and they go through a lot of animal feed.
Not only is this one of my family’s favorite outings, but we love to share it with our friends and house guests whenever we get the chance. Our out-of-town guests are always thrilled they do not have to venture into Atlanta for such an experience and talk about their visit for months. Our family from all around Atlanta go to the Pumpkin Fest with us now or Christmas lights too.
For the Christmas light show you can either drive through in your own car, or go on a hayride. Both options include a visit with the farm’s live reindeer Comet and Cupid. On weekends, visit with Santa and experience the live nativity. You can even pick up your Christmas tree while you are there!
Tours, Birthday Parties and Fun Oh My
Throughout the year you can book birthday parties and special events with pony rides, a petting zoo or schedule a farm tour – even on camel-back! (for an additional fee) Being a family owned and operated business, you will probably speak directly with June Allen and do your tour with her.
My family and I have been visiting the farm for a few years and it always feels like going back to see old friends. The Allens are friendly and great with children. Kids of all ages have the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the farm and the animals. Even after all the visits we have made over the years I learn new things every time I go.
The farm is home to cattle from around the world, zebras, camels, tortoises, horses, donkeys, duck, peacocks, exotic birds, lemurs, sheep, pigs, alpacas, chickens, emus, goats and so many more.
The farm hosts festivals, special events and birthday parties at the picnic area, complete with a functioning blacksmith shop, pottery workshop, petting zoo, pavilions and streams to fish.
Tips for a Great Visit to Pettit Creek Farms
- When visiting I recommend boots or old tennis shoes. There are no paved sidewalks – you are on a real functioning farm and your footwear will show it. Anyway, it isn’t any fun if you just stick to the gravel.
- Bring along some hand sanitizer if you are adverse to camel slobber.
- You can view beautiful peacocks and go home with one of their dropped feathers as an inexpensive souvenir.
- Spring for the alfalfa biscuits to coax the animals in for a more personal conversation.
- If you book a regular farm tour, be sure to ask if you can come during baby camel feeding times.
- The farm boasts the largest camel herd in the state so there is usually at least one baby at any given time. You just have not lived until you’ve fed a six foot baby camel a bottle of milk. These will be memories you will treasure for a lifetime.
- Remember to bring the camera! I love all the possibilities for photo shoots. How many people do you know who can send out a Christmas card with an actual live nativity on the side?
Pettit Creek Farms on Facebook
Check out their Facebook page for event updates, wild hawk rescues by the staff and videos from the farm!
This post was contributed by Miranda Haley