By Carla Charter
With fall comes many chores including leaf raking, for those who need a break from the piles of leaves in their yards, here are six corn mazes which might be worth a visit.
FORT HILL FARMS CORN MAZE
260 Quaddick Rd.
This year’s Fort Hill’s Corn Maze, featuring a farmer on his tractor, celebrates American Farmers and is dedicated to Fort Hills Farmer, Peter Orr, who passed away in the spring. Visitors can complete a game sheet, by solving puzzles within the maze using clues to find dairy farming facts and picture rubbings of the farmer’s cow, and farmer’s favorite farming equipment. Corn Maze Flashlight Nights are also held. The farm also offers a shorter Ernie’s Jeep Mini maze, a tribute to Fort Hill Farm’s 1st generation farmer Ernie Leary who at 90 is still enjoying jeeping. The maze takes about an hour and a half to complete. For more information visit www.thefarmerscow.com/corn-maze/
TREWORGY FAMILY ORCHARD CORN MAZE
3876 Union Street
The Treworgy Farm Corn Maze, which this year is titled Corn Ships Ahoy, is the longest continually running corn maze in New England, beginning in 2001. The 4-acre maze includes a special map with riddles to figure out as you “visit stations,” inside the maze. When you complete the puzzle you can bring it to the café and receive a free kiddie, vanilla, chocolate or twist soft-serve ice cream cone. When you find the center of the maze you can sign your name on the Hall of Fame Board. The corn maze offers Night Mazes as well. The corn maze has been included in the USA Today 10 Best Corn Mazes in America Contest. A link to vote and for more information, visit their website at www.treworgyorchards.com
142 Redstone Hill
This year’s Mega-Maze, which can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours to complete, encompasses 8 acres of corn, almost 3 miles of puzzling pathways and 7 intensity levels. Maze Masters in the maze can direct visitors to the next adventure zone which can include hammer bells, the field goal kick, slingshots, end goal slide and a dozen other games. There are special features for “techies,” including Mobile Mazing and Geo Questing with your smart phone. There is also a half-way snack shack (if you can find it). Takes. More information on Davis’ Mega-Maze can be found at www.davismegafarmfestival.com
18 Quarry Rd.
Meredith, New Hampshire
The corn maze at Moulton Farm this year is designed to specifically designed to celebrate and honor Meredith’s 250th anniversary and has been enlarged 22,000 square feet over last years maze. The maze includes game picture stations, trivia and their popular giant aerial photo. The website encourages visitors to look at the photo before they go in, stating “even Wes, who designed our maze, got lost when he forgot to take his secret map with him.” More information can be found at www.moultonfarm.com
SALISBURY FARM CORN MAZE
11 Peck Hill Rd.
Johnston, Rhode Island
This maze, first of its kind in New England, opened in 1998. The theme of this year’s maze is “Get Lost to Give Hope,” in support of the New England Hemophilia Association which will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the corn maze. The farm also offers moonlight mazes. There is more than a mile of paths through five acres of corn. The site jokes “Thousands of people entered the maze last year, most of them got out.” More information can be found at their website, www.salisburyfarm.com
HATHAWAY FARMS CORN MAZE
741 Prospect Hill Rd.
This year’s maze theme is “Man’s Best Friend,” celebrating Dogs of all shapes and sizes. Visitors will be walking, a maze of 12 acres of corn and miles of paths in order to solve the maze. Early exits are also available for those who may need an escape. The maze has some clues scattered along the path of the maze, although the site adds “They’re not always as helpful as you might like.” The maze also offers 8 punch hole stations each with a different shape where visitors can punch their card while solving the maze and then can become eligible for a raffle drawing. Also offered are Smartphone games where you can access a site, choose from over 60 categories of trivia and “find digital checkpoints (similar to punches but recorded on your phone). Visitors can also pull up a map of the maze on the GPS function where visitors can “choose a character” option that lets them see exactly where you are lost in the maze. For more information visit their website at www.hathawayfarm.com