Blueberry Trail

Pender County and Burgaw NC is home to everything Blueberry!

Blueberry Trail

Burgaw, North Carolina 28425, United States

Created By: Pender County Tourism

Tour Information

Although there may be debate of who was the first to develop domesticated Blueberries in Pender County, two individuals are historically relevant to the beginnings of Pender County’s Blueberry History. Each innovator has a significant influence on Blueberry production in Southeastern NC.

Pender County, home to many blueberry producers, is one of the largest growing locations. Blueberries flourish in our soil, producing an abundant variety of Blueberries. Annually, during the blueberry season, typically from May to July, Pender County produces millions of berries that are sold to businesses, residents, and visitors by the pints, pounds, or flats.

Pender County and the Town of Burgaw is also home to the North Carolina Blueberry Festival, founded in 2003 and held annually the third weekend in June. The festival is a premier event for Pender County and the Town of Burgaw, attracting more than 50,000 visitors. In addition to celebrating our Blueberry Heritage, the festival hosts the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast each February. We are also home to the NC Blueberry Scholarship Pageant and the Annual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop.

With locals and visitors calling it “Blueberry town,” you are sure to find a delicious variety of blueberry desserts, jams, and merchandise being sold at our local farms, markets, shops, and businesses at the peak of the season and throughout the year.

Pender County Tourism has created a Blueberry Trail that leads you to fresh blueberries, blueberry fields, shops, eateries, history, and more.


Please be aware that the length of our Blueberry season depends on the amount the fields produce.

Please remember that most businesses included on the trail are following CDC Guidelines. Call ahead to check what precautions they are taking.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Offering fresh pre-picked or you pick blueberries, blueberry plants and homemade Blueberry Ice Cream.  Available while in season. Visit them at ...
Even though this state facility isn't located directly in Pender County it's just a short drive down the road in Castle Hayne and is very important to the cultivation of Blueberries in North Carolina.  This facility features the #1 public... Read more
Sonny Rowe Produce sells locally grown blueberries to visitors. They also offer NC Made products like jams, jellies, sauces and more.  They have a selection of beautiful flowers in addition to seasonal produce.  Visit them at 13538 NC-210... Read more
Gregory Farms and Vineyards offers fresh-picked blueberries right from their farm and their own wine and wine slushies.  They invite their guests to come out and find a seat at the pond and enjoy a glass or bottle of wine while listening ... Read more
Ivanhoe Blueberry Farm is one of the oldest farms in the county resting on the Pender/Bladen county line.  During their fresh pack season blueberries are available from mid-May through July, depending on the season.  They have several var... Read more
Legends is one of Burgaw's old-fashioned General Stores that offers fresh seafood, ice cream, penny candy, North Carolina-made products, outdoor supplies and fresh produce including locally grown blueberries.  Stop by and pick up a pint of... Read more
The Pender County Museum, located at 200 West Bridgers Street, is filled with thousands of artifacts from life in Pender County, while also preserving items from the history of when commercial blueberry production was at its peak. Many resi... Read more
Old Carolina Eatery is not only a great place to grab lunch, but they also have some pretty fantastic desserts. The Owner Francis makes some great Blueberry Desserts like pound cake, muffins, cupcakes, and more.  Her tasty treats sell fast... Read more
Stop by the Old Farm Shed for Blueberry Magnets and your Burgaw Merchandise!  Be sure to check out the Blueberry Prints on display from local Artist Eden Mills and her blueberry earings.  For more information visit https://theoldfarmshed.... Read more
A local boutique offering clothing and gifts, including women's apparel, jewelry and home accessories while selling their own Blueberry Merchandise.  Visit them at 110 W. Freemont St. and check out their Facebook at Read more
Harvey's Deli and Tavern is a great place to get a meal and some tasty adult beverages.  Try their Blueberry Pecan Salad or try their Blueberry Lemonade or their Blueberry Martinis   Located at 108 W Fremont St, Burgaw, NC 28425 ...
Fat Daddy's Pizza is Burgaw's only Pizzeria.  Not only do they offer fantastic New York Style pizza, subs and stromboli but they have a dessert that is unique to Pender County and its Blueberry Culture.  Be sure to stop by and try their f... Read more
In addition to their fantastic coffee drinks, they also make blueberry drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes. Come try their new Frozen Blueberry Lemonade or give one of our other favorites a try like their Blueberry Lattes or the Blueberry God... Read more
The North Carolina Blueberry Festival has painted their logo on Freemont Street in downtown Burgaw. This is where the stage is set each year where some of the best bands from around NC perform during the NC Blueberry Festival.  Located on ... Read more
Scoops Ice Cream Shop not only serves over 30 different Ice Cream flavors but Milkshakes, Sundaes Specialized drinks, cakes and much more.  Come by and check out their Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream or try a Blueberry Sundae  For more in... Read more
At the main branch of the Pender County Library come see local artwork.  While there check out the local history and read about Blueberry Culture in Pender County.  For hours and more information visit ...
Here is where you can find NC Blueberry Festival merchandise available for purchase. From shirts to hats, umbrellas to bumper stickers, and syrups to salsa. Call ahead at 910-259-2007 or email to schedule your v... Read more
Stop by the tourism office to pick up a jar of the area’s famous Blueberry Jelly. While inside view renowned artist Ivey Hayes portrayal of blueberry paintings, created for the North Carolina Blueberry Festival.  Also, come meet Olivia D... Read more
Located in front of the Burgaw Community House, this blue blueberry shaped piece of artwork was donated by a local resident to the North Carolina Blueberry Festival to be placed on display.  The Burgaw Community House is also available for... Read more
"The Arts" at Burgaw Antiqueplace features local artists and crafters above Pender County's largest antique shop.  Stop in to visit with them and see what blueberry art is on display and available for purchase. Also, feel free to browse th... Read more
John Murphy, buried in the Burgaw Cemetery, was also a huge contributor to Blueberry farming and the first Pender County native to start a blueberry farm with varieties of Blueberries named after him and his family. John Murphy was an innov... Read more
A beautiful work of art placed on the Osgood Canal Walking Trail at the intersection of NC Hwy 53 and East Bridges Street, commissioned in 2018 by the North Carolina Blueberry Festival committee, the Town of Burgaw and The Pender Historical... Read more
Bandana's is a tasty restaurant that offers Blueberry themed food and adult beverages.  Stop by and enjoy a great meal and check out the Blueberry Artwork on their walls from local artists including the great Ivy Hayes.  They also have pr... Read more
At Bannerman Vineyard, they grow 6 different varieties of muscadine grapes native to NC.  All their flavors are amazingly crafted but their Blueberry wine is our favorite!  The sweetness of the blueberries pairs very well with the dry fla... Read more
A large blueberry farm with a great view of blueberry fields found outside of Burgaw, an eastern drive down NC Hwy 53, you will surely see the vast amount of land dedicated to the growing of Blueberries.  Feel free to safely take pictures ... Read more
Murray Turner Blueberry Farm located outside of Burgaw, owned and operated by Ivanhoe Blueberry Farm, has acres upon acres of fresh-picked Blueberries; also selling cakes, muffins, popsicles, jams, and pies has blueberries available from mi... Read more
Shaken Creek Farms is a family-owned Blueberry Farm in Pender county located just outside of Burgaw in Maple Hill.  The farm produces 4 varieties of Southern Highbush Blueberries as well as raw, local honey.  There are over 100 acres of S... Read more


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