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