If you're looking for something fun to do this season, how about a day out at a corn maze? Corn mazes are like giant puzzles; pathways are cut into a field of corn and visitors must navigate the course, making decisions as to which way to go to find the way out. Since the corn is usually taller than the participants and mazes usually contain loops and dead ends, it's easy to get lost. Maps are often provided to help with navigation. Both children and adults will love the experience of navigating, getting lost, and finding their way again. It's a fun activity in the great outdoors and an exercise of the mind too!
Come prepared with good walking shoes, appropriate clothing, water, bug spray/sunscreen, and a flashlight for a bigger challenge if the maze is open after dark. It's also fun to time yourself to see how long it takes to get through the maze and two-way radios come in handy if you split up into smaller groups. Many corn mazes also offer additional fall activities like hayrides and pumpkin patches so check before going so you can come prepared. Make a day of it!
Here are some fantastic corn mazes that make for a fun day trip in and around our local area. It's always a good idea to call before you go, as operating dates and hours may change and be affected by weather conditions.
- Devine Farms
2675 St James Church Rd in Newton, (828) 461-2012
The 8-acre corn maze is just one of the fall activities that await at Devine Farms. There's also a pumpkin patch, farm animals, a play yard, games, live music on Saturdays, and more. The farm is open weekends Sept 28 - Nov 1 and admission is $6 (children under 2 are free). Read our review here.
- Johnny Wilson Farm
5163 Precious Memories Lane, (828) 217-1874
This year find TWO separate corn mazes as part of Johnny Wilson Farm's annual pumpkin patch. Additional activities include farm animals, an apple orchard, a tram ride, bounce house, corn crib, duck racing, and more. The season runs late September through the first weekend in November. The farm is open to the public Fridays-Sundays and admission is $8 per person (children under 2 are free).
- Saunders Family Farm
4128 South Hwy 127 in Hickory, (828) 855-8236
The 6 acre corn maze at Saunders Family Farm is set within a 15-acre field. The farm also offers a pumpkin patch and mums for sale. Bring your flashlights for evening hours Fridays-Sundays! The season runs late September through the end of October. Admission is $5 per person (children under 2 free). Read our review here.
- Red Wolf Farm
1900 HW Farm Rd in Maiden, (828) 428-1445
Enjoy a giant Adventure Maze along with hayrides, farm animals, playground, corn tubs, inflatables and bouncers, fun slide, and more! Open Saturdays and Sundays in October. Enjoy special admission this year at only $6 per person (under 2 is free).
- Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy in Statesville, (704) 768-0909
The 9 acre corn maze at Rescue Ranch is lighted for evening hours Friday and Saturday nights, with daytime hours on Sundays through the month of October. Admission is $8 for guests 13 and older and $5 for children ages 2-12.
- Alpha & Omega Corn Maze
1129 Cheek Road in Hamptonville, (336) 466-5402
The 5 acre corn maze is part of a 20-acre agri-tourism complex, featuring maze trails, hayrides, a bounce pillow, animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, and many more engaging activities. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays in September, and also on Fridays in October and November; the season runs early September through mid-November. Admission is $11, with children 3 and under admitted free.
- Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, (704) 875-3113
The 7-acre corn maze at Rural Hill features over 2 miles of interconnecting paths and is one of the largest in the Southeast. Fall fun includes hayrides, mini-mazes, games, a pumpkin patch, and more, at a historic site that dates back 250 years. The maze is open Fri-Sun mid-September through the first weekend in November and admission is $11 for ages 13+ or $8 ages 5-12, with slightly higher prices for the night maze.
- Shelby Corn Maze
120 Broadway Dr in Shelby, (704) 434-8187
The 8-acre maze has twists and turns, and some dead ends, and it's haunted Friday and Saturday nights in October! There's also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a cow train, a pipe slide, zipline, corn crib, cannons, a jumping pillow, and more. The farm is open Fridays-Sundays mid-September through the end of October. Admission is $10 (children under 2 are free) with additional fees for some games and activities and a higher price for the haunted maze.
- New River Corn Maze
660 Laurel Gap Ridge Rd in Boone, (828) 264-2986
Over a mile of twisting turning fun awaits at this corn maze located along the scenic New River. In addition to the maze enjoy a pumpkin patch and games. The farm is open Fridays-Sundays mid-September to late October. Corn Maze pricing is $7 for adults, $5 for students/kids (ages 5 and under free) with additional fees for tram ride and pumpkins.
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