A toddler girl enjoys a bag of popcorn while in a corn maze field. Image via Getty Images.
A toddler girl enjoys a bag of popcorn while in a corn maze field. Image via Getty Images.

As we get ready for Halloween and fall, grab the family to check out one (or several) of these North Carolina corn mazes.

Fall’s here, and there’s no better time to get lost in one of the many corn mazes that have sprouted up on North Carolina’s farms. We’ve gathered up a list of some of our favorites and got some looks at the impressive designs for 2021. Take your kids, friends, or a date to check out all the Autumn fun that’s out there! 

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure, 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale 

Open Saturdays and Sundays, this farm has plenty for fall enthusiasts: a giant corn maze, jumping pillows, giant slide, a treehouse village, and more. This year’s design has a honeybee theme, and is one of the few in the state open to well-behaved dogs. Find out more here about cost and admissions. 

2021 design of Kersey Valley Maize Adventure.

Hubb’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, 10276 US 421 North, Clinton 

The 15-acre installation (technically a hybrid sorghum this year) has three separate mazes with miles of trails. This year boasts a fishing-themed maze with a scavenger hunt for experienced fans, a moderately-sized “Awesome Out Here” maze with fun facts about Eastern North Carolina, and a beginners maze with tidbits on the Top 10 agricultural products in North Carolina (spoiler alert: sweet potatoes and hogs factor prominently). For more thrills, come out on a Saturday night and  explore the maze by flashlight. You can bring your own or rent one. 

The farm, which features a pumpkin patch and plenty more to do, requires you to buy tickets online, which you can do here

2021 design (Image courtesy of Hubb’s Corn Maze)

Gallberry Corn Maze, 5991 Braxton Rd, Hope Mills 

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, this Cumberland County farm’s giant corn maze has a slide inside, plus hayrides, a jumping pillow, and more. Gallberry Corn Maze’s main attraction has a five-acre tribute to first responders, a one-acre storybook maze for younger kids, concessions, and a campfire pit for relaxing afterwards. As a bonus, the farm features pig racing this year. Important note: This is a cash-only operation, but they have an ATM on site. 

This year’s tribute to first responders at Gallberry Corn Maze.

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze, 3175 Benson Road, Garner 

Located south of Raleigh, Ken’s Korny Corn Maze opened up in 2000 and claims to be the first corn maze in North Carolina. The 4.5-acre maze allows for daytime fun, as well as flashlight or moonlight options after dark. In addition to the maze, young ones can climb on a wooden pirate ship, navigate a rope maze, play miniature golf, or watch rubber duck races. 

Eliada Corn Maze, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville

Here’s a corn maze with a mission — helping North Carolina’s most vulnerable children. Annual proceeds from the maze benefit Eliada, a non-profit focused on helping at-risk children succeed with a child-care center, mental health treatment program, foster care services and more. Founded as an orphanage 117 years ago, the center now offers residential care up to a year for children healing from trauma, and coordinates foster care. 

Unfortunately, this part of the state saw bad flooding late this summer, and that means the group has a smaller-than-usual corn maze and walking trail. Still, there’s more than enough attractions to make up for that, including a fall festival with face painting, corn cannons, jumping pillow, hay ride, slides, and lawn games every weekend in October. There will also be live music and storytellers. Get more information about the event here

Flooding prompted a change to a festival format for the Eliada’s annual fundraiser. (Image via Facebook.)

New River Corn Maze, 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Road, Boone 

Come and check out this historic farm in Deep Gap next to the always tranquil New River which, despite the name, is actually recognized as the second-oldest river in the world. You can trek the  corn maze on the Brown Family Farm, which is right next to the river, pick pumpkins or take a tram ride around the property. You’re bound to see some amazing fall foliage in the mountain-area farm.

This year’s maze in the mountain scenery at New River Corn Maze.

Shelby Corn Maze, 120 Broadway Drive, Shelby

You can check out the 8-acre corn maze at this family farm where the owners  raise poultry and beef cattle. Additionally, visitors can play games, jump on a giant pillow, play in a corn kernel sandbox, or even brave a haunted maze. Dogs are welcome if they stay on a leash and get along with others. FInd out more at https://shelbycornmaze.com/

Cows get the top billing at Sheby Corn Maze this year.

Country Days Corn Maze, 416 Joe Lee Helms Road, Indian Trail

Outside of the Charlotte area, this farm features two corn mazes: a complex 7-acre maze and a smaller maze for those under 10 that includes prompts to play an interactive game of Simon Says. Other activities on the farm include a petting zoo, corn cannon, tricycles to ride, cornhole boards, and swings. You can also reserve a bonfire and grill. FInd out more at https://countrydayscornmaze.com/.