Whoa. Look at that!
It was clearly the remnants of a pretty impressive field of sunflowers. And I say remnants because most of the flowers were past their prime and the color was sparse. But it was also obvious, at it’s peak, this place must have been impressive.
I made a mental note of the sign, ‘Fausett Farm Sunflowers’.
Fast forward to this year when I caught a glimpse of some sunflowers on Instagram. And then I rushed to check the Fausett’s facebook page to see if there were any updates on this year’s flowers.
They had just opened about five days prior. And the owner had mentioned on their page that they staggered the sunflower planting this year, planting half of the fields, then the other half two weeks later, in the hopes of extending sunflower season throughout the month of October.
Two days later we were pulling up to the sea of yellow blooms.
One of the friendly Fausetts pulled up on an ATV and collected the $10/carload admission fee and gave us an overview of which areas were in peak bloom. And then he turned us loose to explore.
It had been a fairly stressful week thus far, and so finding a little peace was just what we needed. All of us. We walked and talked, but mostly we each took the time to look for and capture what we thought was beautiful.
Easiest job ever, given our surroundings.
We explored for about an hour and a half before heading back to our car, since we had a bit of a drive ahead of us and a pup waiting at home. We did see several families who had packed picnic lunches and were enjoying the views from the hillside next to the blooms which is definitely a smart idea!
Our verdict: DEFINITELY worth the trip!
Know before you go:
Open hours: 8am – 7pm daily (until the blooms are gone!)
Cost – $10/car or $25 per session for professional photographers coming to use the fields
Location: 9847 Elliott Family Pkwy, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Misc: This location is a little bit out there, but definitely worth the drive (especially if you make a day of hitting up Burt’s Pumpkin Farm also, less than 5 minutes up the road!) Note that there aren’t any shops, restaurants, (or bathrooms!) very close, so plan ahead! I do believe that there are some small food offerings available at some times (sandwiches, funnel cakes maybe) but not during our weekday/daytime visit. Also, there ARE port-a-potty(s) onsite, so you’re not completely out of options 😉