Since the first corn maze was created in Pennsylvania nearly 15 years ago, the task of winding in and hopefully out of corn stalk walls has excited maze goers ever since. Each year, farmers carve out paths and decorative pictures, seen only from aerial shots, to delight and challenge their visitors. Try your hand at one or more of the nine mazes we feature here that are offered in and around Montgomery County.
2222 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
A five acre maze offering daytime or moonlight fun. Merrymead is a working dairy farm, and there is plenty to see while visiting. Little ones will enjoy a smaller corn stalk tunnel and plenty of farm activities. The daytime maze is open each weekend and moonlight maze happens Fri. and Sat. nights from 6 to 9 pm. Bring your own flashlight. See www.merrymead.com for details, hours and pricing.
Northern Star Farm
112 East Third Ave., Trappe PA 19426
Northern Star Farm features two 7 acre fields of corn mazes adding up to 14 acres of fun! Lots of activities for family daytime fun including a goat walk, giant apple slingshots and an air cannon. Moonlight fun can be arranged for groups of 20 or more, including hay rides and a bon fire. Plenty of other fall activities are available as well. See northernstarfarm.net for details.
315 Pughtown Rd., Spring City, PA 19475
This farm’s maze features a cow, a pumpkin and the banner “Farmers Feed the World!” Find your way through any weekend during the day or by flashlight on Friday or Saturday nights. Warm up around the public camp fire ring – BYO sticks and marshmallows and meet new friends while swapping your maze stories. Check the farm’s Facebook page for fees and hours at www.facebook.com/OlsFarm/.
R&J Farm Market
325 Allentown Rd., Souderton, PA 18964
“Trust the Process” in R&J’s six acre maze featuring a Philadelphia 76-ers theme. The maze will be open Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Reservations and flashlights are required for the moonlight mazes and children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Call or check the website for pricing, group rates and hours at www.randjfarmmarket.com.
746 S Trappe Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
Take Varner Farm’s honey bee challenge in this year’s 5 acre corn maze featuring two honey bees, a friendly bear, honey comb and a pumpkin. The farm is open every day and the last tickets are sold one hour before closing. Bring your flashlight for a moonlight experience on Fri. and Sat. nights, Oct. 20 & 21. For pricing and hours visit www.varnerfarms.net.
1134 Reading Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512
Enjoy a jungle safari at the area’s largest maze, featuring eight miles of trails spread over 25 acres. Several wild animals each make a smaller maze that fit together into one large experience. For younger ones not quite up to the challenge, a smaller dinosaur corn maze and a hay bale maze are also available. Flashlights are available to rent (or bring your own) for fun after dark. The mazes are open Fri. – Sun. through mid-November. Check out all the details at www.wilcoxfamilyfarm.com.
Winding Brook Farm
3014 Bristol Rd., Warrington, PA 18976
This dairy farm located just over the border in Bucks County offers a 5 acre corn maze professionally designed by a leading maze design company. A trivia question “passport” can help guide you through the maze, if answered correctly. The farm also offers the Cornwalk of Horror and the Haunted Hay Maze. You may find your way out quickly when you are being frightened by ghosts, screaming witches or zombies – or will you? Combo tickets are available online, but the horror events are not recommended for younger children. Check out the website for directions, pricing and hours at www.windingbrookfarm.com.
Abby’s Pumpkin Farm
2471 Little Rd., Perkiomenville, PA 1807
This is a fun maze that is reported to have stepped up its difficulty level from last year. This year’s theme is a witch flying on her broom through the night sky while a black cat keeps its eye on her. Open weekends in Oct. the maze takes about 25 minutes to complete. While there, enjoy a hayride, pick out some pumpkins or try the apple slingshot. The cost is $5 per activity. www.facebook.com/Abbys-Pumpkins.
Specially Designed for Younger Ones:
Freddy Hill Farms
1440 Sumneytown Pk., Lansdale, PA 19446
Train the younger ones in a corn maze designed to be little-kid friendly. This smaller corn stalk maze features a fun exit – climb the ladder and slide your way out! Freddy Hill has family weekends full of fall fun with hay rides, pumpkins and more through October. Enjoy a trip to the pumpkin patch, watch the pig races and enjoy the farm’s own ice cream. Visit www.freddyhill.com for more details.