Westmoreland Berry Farm: Pick Fruit, See Goats Tightrope Walk

Westmoreland Berry Farm is a pick your own fruit & vegetable farm located the Northern Neck area of Virginia in Westmoreland County (near Colonial Beach). The farm is famous for it's high walking goats who walk overhead on a tiny tightrope style platform. WBF also has a farmer's market country store, playground, a baby animal petting zoo area, and they even serve hot lunch items. Here's all the info on this cool road stop.

The farm has several goats that roam around the entrance in a special fenced in area and they have machines where you can put a quarter in and get some food to feed the animals. You can also put food in a rope-pulley contraption that will cause a goat to walk across the raised platform for his meal. They also have a mini-baby goat section they call a petting zoo where the little ones practice walking across a mini platform.

The farm is a great place to go and pick your own (PYO) fruits and vegetables with this option available between May and October (mostly June-August). You can visit their website to see an approximate schedule of what is available. However they recommend that you call ahead before you go to ask about what options you have. Most days they also have a tractor hay ride to take people out to the fields.

Beyond Recommendation: Stay the night at Westmoreland State Park for a fun camping trip.

If you don't feel like walking out in the hot sun and doing the work you can always visit their country store and get the same quality produce with 0 effort required. The store also sells a variety of other homey items like jams and knick-knacks. They have pies seasonally as well.

Another great thing to do here is to grab a snack. Back in the day you could bring your own picnic, but now that is not allowed as they have their own full service kitchen where you can get lunch items like hot dogs, hamburgers, and pulled pork sandwiches. The food isn't amazing or anything, but it is inexpensive and they have a large pavilion with picnic tables as well as some in the sun so you can enjoy a nice picnicky feeling. Ice cream, lemonade, and sweet tea always hit the spot.

Westmoreland Berry Farm is a nice place to spend an hour at when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. On weekends it gets fairly crowded as it is a very popular attraction. The farm also has different special events like live music concerts which are also fun to attend.

How To Get There:

From DC you travel down 95 south to Fredericksburg (hopefully not between the hours of 3pm and 7pm) and get off at Route 3. 45 minutes later when you are in the Colonial Beach area you turn right on Claymont Rd then a right at the T section on Rappahannok Rd (637). Follow the signs and turn right on Berry Farm Road, which goes straight into the farm. (There is also an alternate route down 301 through Maryland that may be quicker depending on where you are).

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