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.

During the time of Covid-19 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

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
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
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
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
In 2017 the Pender County Arts Council and area officials commissioned international artist Danae Brissonnet to create a mural on the side of the Community Arts Center. “Pender Panorama” is a contemporary piece of artwork that interpret... 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
Known for our downtown antique stores, this downtown business sells blueberry themed décor among their wonderful treasures. They have blueberry paintings and home décor that showcases Pender’s love for Blueberries.  Freemont Antiques i... 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
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
Stop by the Old Farm Shed to purchase your 2020 NC Blueberry Festival T-Shirts, along with her own branded Burgaw t-shirts that describe Burgaw, Home to the NC Blueberry Festival!  For more information visit them at 111 W. Freemont St. or ... 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
This adorable boutique has a variety of items like candles, soaps, keychains, clothing, and home décor. Most items are completely handmade like wreaths and bows, painted home décor’, furniture, and more. Stop in at 115 W. Freemont St. a... Read more
A brand-new local boutique offering something new to our downtown, including women's apparel, gifts, jewelry and home accessories while selling their own Burgaw Blueberry T-Shirts.  Visit them at 110 W. Freemont St. and check out their Fac... 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
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


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