Fall is upon us and now is a great time for a special seasonal activity before the weather becomes too bone-chillingly cold. Now is the time to conquer a corn maze!
A cornfield of trails carved in a themed or artistic design, a corn maze is a work of art, and is essentially a giant puzzle through which you walk from one end to the other.
This calculated risk might sound simple, but part of the fun in this kind of experience is in seeing how fast you can make it from entrance to exit -- and in how you do it, from start to finish.
The following is just a short list of farms with corn mazes -- all within 50 miles of Macon.
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Each maze is open through the end of October and there are other activities (hay rides, petting zoos, fireworks, concessions, movies, scavenger hunts, face painting, etc.), so be prepared to make it a day trip.
Lane Southern Orchards (www.lanesouth ernorchards.com) in Fort Valley dedicates seven of its thousands of acres of peaches, pecan and berries to its corn maze. Everyone age 4 and older can venture through the maze, which is open daily. This year’s design features the Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk. (By the way, the Middle Georgia Down Syndrome Society’s 10th annual Buddy Walk fundraiser takes place Oct. 17.) Call 800-27PEACH.
Located two miles north of Dublin, TroupCorn Maze Adventure (www.troup corn.com) offers its corn maze as a fun and affordable entertainment experience for families. The 10-acre adventure has several checkpoints with facts about soil and includes a way to pinpoint your exact location using your mobile devices. This year’s corn maze, which is open to the public on Saturdays only or by appointment, features Mr. Peanut (you can download an aerial photo from their website). Call 478-697-3402.
Daisy Adams Farm (www.daisyadamsfarm.com) in Cochran also is focused on providing a fun and educational experience for its visitors. The corn maze is open to the public only on Saturdays, during daylight and at night, when there is a special twilight adventure (bring a flashlight because it’s the only light you’ll see). A spooky treat is being planned in this four acre maze -- and a nighttime haunted hayride -- on the final night of the season, Halloween. Call 478-298-2560.
FYI, thanks to modern technology, you might just get a glimpse of these and other corn mazes with Google Maps. Happy trails!
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