Fall means it’s time to do cute seasonal things, like exploring a corn maze.
They’re a perfect date idea or fun for the whole family. Check out these eight corn mazes within an hour of Charlotte.
Of note: Pets aren’t allowed at the places we’ve highlighted.
Enter at your own risk. Aw Shucks Farm is now The 13th Acre, a multi-attraction haunted farm.
Location: 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, N.C.
Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Tickets: $25 for adults for all attractions; $10 to walk around but not participate in the attraction
Hours: Friday and Saturday 6-11pm; Last two Sundays in October (Oct. 22 and 29) and Oct. 31 6-10pm
Of note: The 13th Acre is recommended for middle school-age children and older. It is not recommended for those who are six or more months pregnant.
Head to Black’s Peaches for a festival for every season.
Location: 1800 Black Highway York, S.C.
Dates: Every Saturday in October
Tickets: Check their website for pricing as the season approaches.
Location: 1922 Oakdale Road Rock Hill, S.C.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in October
Tickets: $10 for everyone over age 2. Your ticket includes the corn maze, hayrides, popcorn and feed for the animals.
Hours: Saturdays 10am-6pm; Sundays 1-6pm
Bonus: Buy a carving-sized pumpkin for $9.
Here you get two corn mazes: the Big Ears Maze, which spans seven acres, and the Little Ears Maze, which is for kids age 10 and younger.
Dates: Sept. 29-Nov. 4
Tickets: $10 for the Big Ears Maze — an adult chaperone is required for people under age 14; $8 per person for groups of 20-plus; $6 Little Ears Maze — requires an adult chaperone; kids under age 3 get in free; a $26 all-inclusive ticket includes one-time entrance to the big maze and unlimited farm activities; a $24 all-inclusive ticket includes one-time entrance to the little maze and unlimited farm activities.
Hours: Fridays 5-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 2-8pm
- You must enter the maze at least 45 minutes before closing.
- Large groups can make a weekday reservation.
Bonus: They also offer bonfire reservations: $30 for two hours.
This year’s mazes are arcade game-themed: Donkey Kong for the large maze and Pac-Man for the kids’ maze. The small corn maze is stroller-friendly and takes around 15 minutes. The large corn maze is seven acres and takes 1-2 hours.
Location: 445 W. Rebound Road Lancaster, S.C.
Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31
Tickets: The small corn maze is $4; the large corn maze is $11; the small corn maze combo (small corn maze, fun pass and hayride) is $15; the fun pass large maze combo (large corn maze, fun pass and hayride) is $20; large corn maze combo (large corn maze and hayride) is $14
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 11am-6pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 9am-6pm
- The farm will also be open from 9am-6pm on the following Mondays: Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 16.
Bonus: Gather around a bonfire for four hours for $75. The farm will start and maintain the fire for you. The farm also includes several free activities, like duck racing and a bamboo maze.
Location: 10390 Caldwell Road Mount Ulla, N.C.
Dates: Sept. 23-Nov. 3.
Tickets: Admission is $17.99 for the weekday and $19.99 on weekends. Admission is for the entire farm, not just the maze. Children under 2 get in free.
Hours: Monday-Friday 12-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
7. Rural Hill
Context: The Amazing Maize Maze is on the historic site in Huntersville. It was the homestead site of Major John Davidson, who signed the Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence in 1775.
- Today it’s a nature preserve, cultural center, farm and wedding venue.
Location: 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 29
Tickets: $14 for ages 13 and up; $9 for ages $5-$12; plus fees for both.
Hours: Friday through Sunday 10am-5pm. You must enter the maze by 5pm. Night mazes begin in October and will be available Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm. You must enter the maze by 8pm.
Bonus: At least half a dozen food trucks will be onsite during the season. Find the full list here.
Come prepared to play as your roam through two corn mazes (one is for kids), go on a hayride, try pumpkin bowling, race on the pedals tractors, or let your kids play on the pirate ship, tractor, toy airplanes and wood train.
Location: 1900 HW Farm Road Maiden, N.C.
Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tickets: Admission is $8 per person. Kids age 2 and under get in free. Admission includes all farm activities.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pm
Of note: Red Wolf Farm accepts cash and card forms of payment.
Bonus: Snag a snack or a drink from The Thirsty Wolf, the farm’s concession stand.
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Editor’s note: This guide was originally published in 2016 and was last updated on Sept. 5, 2023.