There are a few activities that really say fall to us; picking out the perfect pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch, cozying up in a thick blanket on a hay ride through the fields, planning a scenic drive to get a peek at some of Virginia’s famous fall foliage, and of course, taking on the challenge of a corn maze. Bring the entire family and wander through the spent husks left from the summer harvest at one of these uniquely challenging corn mazes.
HISTORIC CRAB ORCHARD CORN MAZE—TAZEWELL
Dates: September 16- October 29, 2017
Photo credit: Shawn McReynolds
An historic site that embraces the season is the Crab Orchard Museum in Southwest Virginia. Their annual three-acre corn maze depicts a new theme every fall, and in 2017, the corn maze design pays tribute to the history of mountain music. After you solve the maze, take a ride around the property on a hay wagon, then tour the museum to check out important artifacts that tell the story of Virginia’s history. On Friday and Saturday evenings, bring along your flashlights and solve the maze in the dark. But don’t worry, the maze is all about fun, not fear; there is nothing spooky or haunted about these after-dark tours!
BERKELEY PLANTATION CORN MAZE—CHARLES CITY
Dates: September 1-November 30, 2017
Just outside of Richmond, Berkeley Plantation offers year-round tours that teach the colonial history of the property and the surrounding region, but starting in September, the corn fields are transformed into a challenging and fun corn maze. Additionally, the property has pumpkin picking, historic exhibits, and guided tours of the home and property, and you’ll find stunning scenery in the autumn gardens and along the plantation’s river shores.
TEMPLE HALL FARM FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAIZE—LEESBURG
Dates: September 29-November 5 and November 7-8, 2017
The Temple Hall Farm Fall Festival spans six weeks during the fall and while they have pumpkin picking, pig races, hay forts, and more in the way of entertainment, the 24-acre Corn Maize is the crowning achievement. The maze is the biggest in Northern Virginia and features a different pattern and theme every year.
FARMER’S DAUGHTER MAZE—CEDAR BLUFF
Dates: September 2-October 29, 2017
You’ll find both fall fun for the entire family and nail-biting Halloween scares at The Farmer’s Daughter Maze. Visit with the kids and check out the 3.5-acre corn maze (always un-haunted!), get hands-on in the animal petting area, and grab a seat on the wagon ride for a trip around the fields. If a haunted experience is more your speed, visit on Saturdays between October 7 and October 28. During these dark nights, you’ll scream your way through a wagon ride and a walk along creepy trails past old grain silos, finally escaping from the haunted barn filled with circus freaks.
CORN MAZE AT LIBERTY MILLS FARM—SOMERSET
Dates: September 9-November 7, 2017
Virginia’s largest corn maze spread across 25 acres of Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset and includes four trails of varying difficulty for all ages. The time needed to get through the trails varies from 30 minutes for the easiest to three hours for the most difficult. On select dates, the corn maze stays open after dark, and guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight to make their way through the maze. In addition to the corn maze, there is an eight-acre pumpkin patch with 40 different pumpkin varietals.
YODER’S FARM CORN MAZE—RUSTBURG
Dates: September 23-November 5, 2017
Yoder’s Farm handcrafts their corn maze each year with a new unique theme and design. Take on the maze during the day, or for a more difficult challenge, visit in the evening for one of the popular after-dark maze tours. The property also has a pumpkin patch and hay rides, making it a family-friendly fall destination.
BACK HOME ON THE FARM ADVENTURES CORN MAZE—HARRISONBURG
Dates: August 28-November 1, 2017
Photo Credit: Lynne Hess
Harrisonburg’s Back Home on the Farm Corn Maze chooses a theme each year that relates to an important community focus. This year, they are using the theme of literacy to engage kids and increase interest in reading while also communicating the importance of literacy in long-term community success. Not only is the maze literacy-themed, but each weekend, the farm will host a story time at the maze for kids of all ages. The fall event has over 25 additional activities for the kids to enjoy during their visit, including a carousel (featuring horses that represent a unique part of Virginia history), a cow train, pumpkin patch, pig races, a farm animal petting area, putt-putt golf, and a 60-foot slide.
Need more corn maze challenges? Here are a few more located around the Commonwealth:
- Green Hand Farm Park & Corn Maze—Gloucester
- Doe Run Farm Corn Maze—Ararat
- Valley Star Farm Corn Maze—Luray
- Owen Farm Corn Maze—Danville
- Richlands Dairy Farm Corn Maze—Wilsons
- Sinkland Farms Corn Maze—Christiansburg
- Lloyd Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Experience—Rockville
- Pumpkinville Corn Maze—Toano
- Cox Farms Fall Festival—Centreville
- Parrish Pumpkin Patch—Kenbridge