Can You Conquer the Maze?

by Casey Higgins | Posted on September 16th, 2011

Cornfields across Virginia have been meticulously carved into elaborate labyrinths and many are now open. Do you have what it takes to meander the maze?

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze, 2011

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze, 2011. Photo by Bruce Southall

 Liberty Mills Farm in Somerset (70 miles northwest of Richmond and 95 miles southwest of Washington, DC) boasts a 20-acre, fun-filled maze. Actually, it’s three mazes in one, titled “Conceived in Liberty,” and featuring Mt. Rushmore, the Liberty Mills Farm logo, and the University of Virginia sabre logo. You can traverse the entire six-mile maze of three, or tackle just one. Along the way you’ll encounter puzzles, trivia, and even opportunities to win UVA football tickets. Once you’ve conquered the maze, take to the  8-acre pumpkin patch to choose your favorite pumpkin. Liberty Mills Farm is open Tuesday-Saturday through the end of October.

The Corn Maze in The Plains (105 miles northwest of Richmond and about 45 miles southwest of Washington, DC) is more than a maze. At five acres it may not take you as long to beat “Farm Scene Investigation” as it might the aforementioned “Conceived in Liberty,” but there’s loads to do once you have. The kids will love Barnyard of Fun with the petting zoo, haybale maze, tractor tire playland, pumpkin sling shot, and more. Plus, there will be face painting and craft workshops each weekend in October. Looking for a teen-sized thrill? Bring a flashlight and traverse the maze at night. The farm calls it “Moon Light Maze” and it’s available Friday and Saturday nights until 10 p.m. The Corn Maze in The Plains is open weekends, September 24 through November 6.

Corn Acoustics Corn Maze Days is an event hosted by Mountain Meadow Farm in Meadows of Dan (220 miles southwest of Richmond, 70 miles south of Roanoke, and about 300 miles southwest of Washington, DC). The draw? A musically-themed maze located just off  The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. This year’s corn maze is called “Staying in Tune,” and encompasses four acres. The farm also includes a children’s haybale maze, and a smaller version of the corn maze for little adventurers. Corn Acoustics Corn Maze Days occur weekends, September 17 through October 30.

The Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake (about 100 miles southeast of Richmond and 200 miles south of Washington, DC) continues to grow and is now in its third year of corn maze creations on five acres. Enjoy the hayrides, games, and delicious treats from the family-run bakery Friday through Saturday, September 16 through October 29, and Thursdays in October.

Explore to find more corn mazes at Virginia.org.

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