Aw Shucks! The 7 BEST Corn Mazes to Get Lost In

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Corn mazes are a great fall tradition and if you haven’t experienced one yet, it’s time to get lost in a field as a family! From a toddler-friendly straw bale maze at Greenstreet Gardens to a hard-core, no map maze at Liberty Mills Farm, there is a corn maze to meet most family’s skill level on this list. Scroll down for our favorite corn fields to explore near Washington, DC.

Wayside Farm

Located directly off Route 7, this year's corn maze has a SpongeBob SquarePants theme. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this farm also offers hayrides, pig races, slides, and playgrounds. In addition to offering its fair share of entertainment, this working farm grows the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area on their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch.

Editor's Note: This farm is taking reservations to help mitigate the spread of COVID. 

Where: 5273 Harry Byrd Hwy., Berryville, VA
Cost: $12/person 3 & up
Open:  10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Mon. 
Online: waysidefarmfun.com

photo: iStock

Summers Farm

At the time of publishing, the theme of this year's maze has not yet been revealed, but we're betting its epic. Billed as one of the largest corn mazes in the country, this farm attraction includes 2.5 miles of paths and secret challenges. You'll also find a  pumpkin patch, giant slides, hayrides and more at this MD farm. From Oct.1-Oct 23, weekends feature firework displays starting at 7 p.m. Make the night complete with a campfire rental (Fri.-Sun. only). 

Where: 5620 Butterfly Ln., Frederick, MD
Cost: $12.50/person weekdays, $17.50/person weekends, kids 2 and under free
Open: Mon.-Thurs., 1-7 p.m.; Fri. 1-9:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. 
Online: summersfarm.com

Liberty Mills Farm

For the most dedicated of puzzle people, the largest corn maze in the country—a whopping 33 acres—is two hours outside of DC in Somerset, VA.  And for hard core sleuths, the most challenging trail has no map! Sound daunting? There are 3 other trails to choose from, ranging from a 30 min. to complete to two hours! After all that walking (and perhaps getting lost) take some time to pick a pumpkin and check out the antique tractor collection.

Where: 9166 Liberty Mills Rd., Somerset, VA
Cost: $10/weekdays, $15/weekends, $20/all-day pass
Open: check website for dates and times
Online: libertymillsfarm.com

photo: Laura Green

Greenstreet Gardens' Fall Festival

At only five acres, this “cozy” corn maze is one of the smallest around, making it a winner for families with little ones barely taller than a stalk of corn. Think of it as “maze lite”—perfect for those prone to meltdowns. There’s also a Straw Bale Maze for those who like to see over the hedge. While you’re visiting, check out the rest of the 55-acre Lothian farm (east of Upper Marlboro), with lots of fall festival activities involving pumpkins, an underground slide, a jumping pillow and more.

Where: 391 West Bay Front Rd., Lothian, MD
Cost: $14.50; free for kids under 2
Open: Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: greenstreetgardens.com

Winterbrook Farms

Come check out MD's largest corn maze! This year's a-mazing adventure features 3 corn mazes with a combined total of 5 miles of fun! Zip through trails covering over 12 acres with a "Save the Family Farm" theme. You could spend hours getting lost here, and then–if there is time–check out some of the farm’s 20 other fam-friendly features, including an apple cannon, mini zipline,  a pedal-cart speedway and more.

Insider tip: Stretch your adventure into the evening hours with a campfire rental. Reserve your space here

Where: 13001 Creagerstown Rd., Thurmont, MD
Cost: $12; free for kids under 2
Open: Fri., 1- 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Online: winterbrookfarms.com

Belvedere Plantation's Fall Festival

Here you’ll find 8 acres of twists and turns and even a few bridges to keep you disoriented in the Maize Maze. There’s also plenty more to do at Belvedere’s Fall Festival, including hay rides, pedal tractors and pig races.

Where: 1410 Belvedere Dr., Fredericksburg, VA
Cost: $10/Fri., $12/Sat.-Sun. Kids 2 & under are free. 
Open: check website for dates and times
Online: belvedereplantation.com

Montpelier Farms

This 7-acre corn maze is free with admission, but only open on weekends. For a less crowded, tot-friendly experience, check out “Spookley The Square Pumpkin” maze on a weekday (this mini maze is also open on weekends). Afterwards, attend a scarecrow making workshop (additional fee), duck races, painting pumpkins, hay rides, and more.

Where: 1720 Crain Hwy. North, Upper Marlboro, MD
Cost: $12; free for kids under 2
Open: check website for dates and times 
Online: montpelierfarms.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers with Jamy Bond and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

featured photo: Laura Green

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