A few months ago I saw an ad for a new petting farm in Appling. It looked cute but I really didn’t not expect it to be so serene! A few days ago a friend invited us out so we we made the short drive to Appling, turned right off the main road onto a dirt road. We passed the first split, drove on a little further, then saw the beautiful stone gate on the left. The dirt road almost runs right into a pond and then you see the most picturesque farm scene. Wind around the large pond in view of the beautiful farm house and barn set upon a hill.
We spent two and half hours at the small farm. This kids were able to brush the horses, spend time loving on the cow, sitting with the goats, (attempting to ) pet the pigs, take a 20 minute tractor ride, pet the rabbits, and do a craft. Everything was at our own pace. We didn’t feel rushed to get to the next animal or give another child a turn at all. There are also picnic tables and a play house for the kids play in while you each your lunch.
If you want to visit Dutch Creek you’ll need to make an appointment ahead of time. They are open from 10-1 then take a break and open again in the afternoon. They only allow a certain number of visitors at any given time, and you’ll have to sign a waiver. Masks are at your discretion and there a multiple sanitizing stations around the property.