Category: At the Farm

Mills River Day 2015

Mills River Day 2015 was a wonderful success. We had even more visitors than last year–nearly a thousand people showed up to celebrate the river that connects us all. More than thirty booths decorated North River Farm, teaching about everything from soil and water conservation to fun summer camps to agriculture.

Huge thanks to everyone who made this day possible! The Mills River Partnership put on this event, and we’re so grateful that we were able to have it at North River Farms.  We enjoyed all of the booths, music, authors, vendors, and community members who came out to make Mills River Day 2015 the best one yet.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you next time!


The first 100 visitors received complimentary hanging baskets.



Harrison was one of the first to take the farm tour.



Many booths feature fun activities for kids.


We had quite a variety of farm animals this year!


If you like tractors, Mills River Day is the place to find them.


A volunteer with the Cradle of Forestry tunes her guitar.



Our state reptile, the Eastern Boxwood Turtle.


Live bees filled the glass hive at this booth.


We always enjoy the ice cream from Ken and Marilyn Cole!


Kids loved touching the live snakes. Well, some kids did.


Mountain True gathered samples from the river.


Big thanks to The Lonesome Road Band for returning this year!


Three huge inflatables kept all the kids happy and active.


Quite a crowd gathered to hear the raffle tickets be drawn.


Just a few of the booths that we were set up on Sunday.



Categories: At the Farm, Events

Fun at the Farm

You never forget your first time tubing. The cold water, the exciting currents, the sunny patches that warm you up–tubing is about as much fun as you can have on a river. If you were lucky enough to grow up with a proper Southern upbringing, floating down the river on a giant tube was probably one of the best parts of your childhood summers. North River Farms knows how much Southerners love tubing, so for the past few summers we’ve offered guided tube rides down the Mills River.

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If you’re looking to enjoy the river without actually having to get into it (We understand–the water can be cold!), maybe an afternoon spent on the banks is more your style. We have a fantastic picnic area, complete with tables, swings, and a campfire spot. While you’re picnicking, maybe you could get some fishing in, too. (You’ll have to bring your favorite fishing pole and your trout-stamped fishing license, of course, and catching the fish is up to you!)


For something truly unique, North River Farms also offers guided horseback rides around our property. If you’re an experienced rider or just want to spend a few hours on the back of a horse taking in some beautiful scenery, this is a great way to spend an afternoon.

And if you just can’t stand the thought of leaving the farm after the great day you’ve had, bring a tent and set up camp by the river. We have a primitive, all-natural campsite available! There is a fire ring, a great spot for a tent, and enough firewood to keep your marshmallows toasted all evening.

The best part about all these fun activities is that you don’t just have to pick one–call us up and we can work out a package that includes two, three, or more of these activities in one awesome day at the farm. All of our activities are by appointment only, so contact us today to schedule your full day of fun at the farm!

North River Farms Tours

There’s just something about a farm that gets people interested. Children are fascinated by farms as soon they can push toy tractors across the floor. Some of the most beloved children’s songs are about farmers–Old MacDonald, The Farmer in the Dell, and B-I-N-G-O all teach kids from an early age that farms are important and fun to learn about.

Perhaps what’s most interesting about farms is that we all, every one of us, depend on them. We might supplement with backyard gardens and homegrown veggies, but the truth of the matter is that we’d all go hungry without farmers growing the bulk of our food. Farms intrigue us because we know they are vital to our survival.

And while most of us would admit to having at least a passing interest in farming, few people are able to say that they truly understand what happens on an everyday basis at a working farm. Sure, we enjoy the produce from farms and the scenery of a field just before the hay is cut, but most people don’t have all the knowledge they’d like to have about farming practices.

For those of you who are curious about farming, and would like to better understand what goes into a successful operation, North River Farms offers farm tours at our Mills River property. Consisting of an hour-long, informative, guided hay-ride, the farm tour is an authentic, entertaining way to educate yourself about farming.


The farm tour is ideal for large groups. If you’re a member or leader of a club or social group, or just part of a group of friends who wants to learn about farming, contact us to make an appointment. 

We can’t promise that you’ll leave ready to start your own farm, but we can promise that you’ll leave with a lot more knowledge than you came in with. And the next time you overhear a conversation about farming, you’ll be able to join in with some insight from your authentic farm experience!

What parts of farming do you find especially interesting? Let us know in the comments!