Wind through miles of socially distanced trails and disconnect from 2020 this fall.

By Susan B. Barnes
October 15, 2020
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Entrance to corn maze under clear blue sky
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It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fall weather, and a favorite way for many to do that is to go to a corn maze. The idea of getting lost in a maze is nothing new. Mazes (and labyrinths) date back at least 4,000 years to Greek myths, and in Roman times, the winding patterns were found in artwork, and in floor designs in homes, public buildings and even the streets. 

The patterns were also found in relics from the Bronze Age in Spain, to Ireland and India; from North Africa to the American Southwest. In fact, Plato (philosopher, 427-347 B.C.E.) once said, “It is a confusing path, hard to follow without a thread, but, provided [you are] not devoured at the midpoint, it leads surely, despite twists and turns, back to the beginning.” In England, The Maze at Hampton Court Palace was commissioned around 1700 by William III, and is still enjoyed by visitors today. 

Speaking of today, the first “modern day” corn maze in the U.S. was designed by Don Frantz and the American Maze Company in 1993. The “Amazing Maize Maze” was planted at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, and has inspired corn mazes as we now know them.

Here we take a look at over a dozen corn mazes you can still enjoy this fall:

Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze with Peter Pan design
Credit: Uncle Shuck's

Southeast

It’s Anchors Aweigh at Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset, Virginia (about two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. and an hour and a half from Richmond) this fall. It's the largest corn maze east of the Mississippi River, spans 34 acres, and has 12 miles of trails to explore across four paths, ranging from 30 minutes to two or three hours to complete, depending on “your strategy, sense of adventure, and size of your group.” The maze is open through November 11, with a “Procrastinator’s Weekend” November 14 and 15.

Four miles of trails wind through 15 acres at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze in Dawsonville, Georgia (roughly an hour north of Atlanta). This year’s design features Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell, and while the maze is challenging, if it becomes overwhelming guests can exit at any time. You can spend as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours winding through the mazes; the choice is yours. If you’re seeking a haunting good time, The Dark Trails is a haunted maze lit only by the light of the moon. The maze is open through November 15; The Dark Trails is held Friday and Saturday nights through October 31. 

It’s back to basics at Southern Pumpkin Company in Autaugaville, Alabama (about 30 minutes west of Montgomery and an hour and a half south of Birmingham). The 10-acre corn maze features a big pumpkin in its center, a nod to the farm’s first pumpkin patch. You have until November 1 to see if you can wind your way through the maze.

Northeast

A corn maze in New York City? Yes! Find the three-acre Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum in Queens. Wind your way through the maze to find your way to Victory Bridge. The prize for your efforts? A view of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' masterpiece. The maze is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30.

Richardson Farm Corn Maze with an Earth Day design
Credit: Richardson Farm

Midwest

The 200th anniversary of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is the inspiration behind the the Conner Prairie Corn Maze in Fishers, Indiana. Straight from a story book, the maze’s design is that of the Headless Horseman rearing up on his horse. Three adventure paths wind through the maze: the Puzzle Maze, full of family-friendly fun; the Kids’ Maze, a shorter maze for younger wanderers; and the Haunted Maze to roam after dark, if you dare. You may really be frightened if you encounter the actual Headless Horseman roaming the haunted grounds! The maze is open through October 31.

The World’s Largest Corn Maze is the Richardson Adventure Farm Corn Maze in Spring Grove, Illinois (about an hour north of Chicago). This year’s maze is themed “Earth Day - 50 Years” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and encompasses 28 acres of live corn with 9 to 10 miles of trails winding through. Four smaller mazes make up the larger maze, and you won’t find a dead-end anywhere. Depending on which maze you choose, it could take anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours to find your way out. The maze is open through November 8.

Brookdale Farms in Eureka, Missouri boasts the largest corn maze in St. Louis with its 17-acre maze. While the corn maze is full of family-friendly fun, those who are more daring may want to subject themselves to Red’s Corn Maze Massacre on Friday and Saturday nights. The maze and haunted maze are open through October 31.

Southwest

Colorado’s longest-running corn maze is found at Anderson Farms in Erie, Colorado (roughly 30 minutes north of Denver). Open day and night, the 25-acre maze with a Bee Kind design and more than eight miles of trails is never haunted. Search for checkpoints along the way, or wander as you’d like — it’s all about choices in the maze. The maze is open through October 31.

This year, Fantozzi Farms in Patterson, California (about an hour and a half east of San Jose), is hosting a drive-thru haunted attraction in the neighboring old airport hangars Friday and Saturday nights through October. If hauntings are not your thing, wind through the dragon-designed maze during daylight. If you take your time and find all 12 checkpoints throughout the maze, you’ll receive a free pumpkin! The maze and haunted attraction are open through October 31.

Wild Adventure Corn Maze_courtesy of Wild Adventure Corn Maze with a Wild West Design
Credit: Wild Adventure Corn Maze

Northwest

More than three miles of trails are found in the 10-acre Wild Adventure Corn Maze in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Wild West design contains three different mazes: a half-mile kids’ maze; a 2.1-mile medium-sized maze; and a large maze with 3.2 miles of trails. Each maze has its own game to play whilst winding through. The maze is open through October 31.

A few more corn mazes across the U.S. are Sauchuk’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Plympton, Massachusetts (about an hour east of Providence, Rhode Island, and an hour south of Boston); Gross Farms Corn Maze in Sanford, North Carolina (roughly 50 minutes southwest of Raleigh); Corn Maze Orlando; Hall’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas; and Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Kent, Washington (about 30 minutes south of Seattle).To find a corn maze near you, do a simple Google search, or visit MazePlay.com. Then, get ready to get lost!

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