FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - The four-week Fall Frolic offers outdoor family fun every October weekend at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, featuring horse and wagon rides, corn maze and popular pumpkin patch.
Beginning Saturday, visitors can kayak on Lake Haigler or mine for gems in Steele Creek. Amid vivid fall color, children can make their own fun climbing hay bales, cheering duck races, digging through a corn crib, and riding pedal carts or the Greenway's "cow train."
The 2,100-acre nature preserve also offers 40 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
"The Fall Frolic celebrates the season with all kinds of things to do in the great outdoors," said Mina McLean, events and volunteer coordinator. "You can play hard or simply stroll our wide-open grounds with your friends and family, and there's always food and music. It's a welcome escape from the routine."
Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Sponsored in part by Carolinas Healthcare System, the festival entry fee is $12, and $8 for Greenway members. Children age four and under get in free.
The Springmaid Trail Race, 5K and 10K dashes through the woods, kicks off the Frolic on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 a.m.
Minutes south of Charlotte, events are centered around the Greenway's Nature Center at 1604 U.S. Highway 21 Bypass, Fort Mill.
The Festival is among the Greenway's signature events. Opened in 1995, the Greenway has been preserved for community use by the Springs family, which operated the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years.