WORTH THE TRIP
A-maze-ing corn mazes
For fall family fun, check out one of the dozens of corn mazes across Kentucky
The corn maze at the Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass (LACBG) in Versailles covers 16 acres and contains three separate mazes. This year the maze is accented by a Kentucky wildcat and a racing horse. There's also a child-size maze, 10 miles of marked trails for horses and hiking, a challenge course, concessions, and live bluegrass music on Fridays in October.
The first maze at LACBG opened in September 2010, attracting fewer than 2,000 attendees, but by last year attendance topped 12,000. The number of mazes and activities offered across the state has been growing as well.
For toddlers, teens, or adults
Families with small children will find activities designed just for the younger set.
First Day Farm in northern Casey County, served by Inter-County Energy, includes a petting zoo, hayrides, a pumpkin cannon, playground, duck pond, gift shop, concessions, walking trails, and pick-your-own pumpkins.
In western Kentucky, Trunnellï¿½s Farm Market has a straw pyramid and corn pit for kids. In northern Kentucky, Daniel's Petting Zoo has hayrides, pony rides, and farm animals. In Grayson, the Carter County Corn Maze located on the Carter County Fairgrounds has Hay Bale Mountain, movie nights, hayrides, and sorghum making.
For spooky fun for teens or adults, Brandenburg Scared & Cornfused presents The Field of Screams, coined as "Kentuckiana's largest Halloween attraction." There's a 7-acre corn maze, two-story haunted barn, and a trail through the woods. The Hayride to Hell is a 25-minute ride featuring creatures and sights along the way.
Most mazes do a different theme each year, so it's fun to return to many of the farms to see what's new. At A-Maize-Ing Farms in Mayfield the maze is 20 acres and this year's theme is "UK basketball champions. Go Cats!"
They also have added pedal car races, toy cars for children, and cars suitable for adults as well.
Plan your fun now with the listing of corn mazes and other fall fun, with most beginning in September.
Call before you go to check days/times!
Due to this year's drought, some farmers may not be able to grow a corn maze. Costs are not listed because fees vary. Many provide group pricing and school tours. Check Web site or contact destination directly.
Farms and orchards are magical places in the fall. Bales of hay become mazes and cornfields offer tasty food and haunted rides.
Tell us about mazes we missed and weï¿½ll add them to the online list. E-mail the name, address, phone number, and a bit about your favorite corn maze to email@example.com using subject line: More corn mazes. Type "corn mazes" in the Article Search at www.KentuckyLiving.com to locate the listing online.
Chaney's Dairy Barn
9191 Nashville Road, Bowling Green
Corn maze, restaurant, ice cream, "moovies," farm tours.
Sept. 1-Oct.31: Mon.-Thur. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat.,
10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 12-8 p.m.
Scared & Cornfused Maze: The Field of Screams
132 Darnall Avenue, Brandenburg
Haunted 7-acre corn maze, haunted barn and forest, "Hayride to Hell," a 25-minute ride. 2012 theme: presidential election.
Sept. 14-Oct. 27: Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Meadow Lake Equestrian Center
9863 Lexington Road, Bryantsville
Civil War and Underground Railroad 14-acre corn maze, playground, petting zoo, Three Little Pigs races, hay maze, pumpkin patch, concessions, or bring your own picnic for lakeside.
Sept. 29-Oct. 31: Thurs.-Sun. 10-6 p.m. (weekdays by appointment for groups or field trips). Sun. 2-4 p.m.
tour the authentic 1845 antebellum Ashley Inn mansion.
4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington
Corn maze 5 acres, barn animals, hayrides, bonfires, picnic shelter, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin patch, gift shop, concessions.
Fri. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-7 p.m.
19108 U.S. 23, Catlettsburg
First year, 8-acre corn maze, 3D-enhanced activities, pumpkin patch, kiddie maze.
Sept. 15-Nov. 3: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight. Weekends are flashlight nights. Closed Sunday.
8905 Highway 329, Crestwood
October: hay castle, U-pick, pumpkin patch as available. Farm store May-Nov. (call for closing date): Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., play area, farm tours. 5th annual Fall Festival Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Red Mill Farms
1442 Red Mill Road, Elizabethtown
Corn maze, child-sized hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, hive honey, bee observatory, eggs, concessions, covered picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, miniature horse and carriage rides.
Sept. 29-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-dark, Sat. 9 a.m.-dark, Sun. 9 a.m.-dark.
Evans Orchard and Cider Mill
180 Stone Road, Georgetown
Corn maze 3 acres, pumpkins, petting zoo, pony rides, cider mill, apple cider slider, duck races, hay castle, rope maze, pumpkins, apples, cafï¿½. Apple Festival September 8-9.
Through Oct. 31: Tues.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Sun. 12-6 p.m.
Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse
877 Cincinnati Road, Georgetown
Corn and bale maze, pumpkins, train rides, hayrides, haunted house, honey from hives, farm market, gift shop, concessions, petting zoo, Spooky Farmhouse, Pirate's Cove, Lost Pumpkin Mine, Barnyard Babies, Autumn Fest Express, Sky High Slide, people spinners, and paintball target shoots.
Sept. 15-Oct. 31: Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 12-7:30 p.m.
Carter County Corn Maze
U.S. 60 at Carter County Fairgrounds
Corn maze, haunted corn maze, night maze, pumpkins, hayrides, concessions, picnic area, petting zoo. On select weekends: sorghum making, movie nights, and Hay Bale Mountain.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28: Sat. 12-10 p.m. (night maze after dark), Sun. 2-6 p.m. Haunted maze Nov. 2-3 only.
Roberts Family Farm
125 Kennedy Road, Guston
Corn maze 5 acres, straw pyramid, grain bin slide, pumpkin patch, hayrides, honey from hives, produce, gift shop, concessions, restrooms, picnic area with fire pit, goats; horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends.
Sept. 15-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 5:30 p.m.-dark,
Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-dark.
Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
623 Talmage-Mayo Road, Harrodsburg
Corn maze, hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, fall festival, hayrides, farm market, concessions, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo.
Sept. 14-Oct. 31: Fri. 6-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Halloween weekend Oct. 26-27 corn maze turns into Field of Horror.
18354 KY Hwy 476, Hazard
Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, produce, concessions, pumpkin painting, farm animals, school tours, mums.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28: Sat.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. Other times by appointment only. Family Farm Days: Oct. 1-2 and 8-9.
Crawford Pumpkin Farm
59 Williams Cemetery Road, Hodgenville
Two corn mazes, 7-acre family-activity maze, 1-1/2-acre riddle maze that changes weekly. Pumpkin Palace: playground, petting zoo, hay mound, 20-foot Frankenslide, haunted silo, spider's lair, barrel trains, barnyard marketplace. Educational programs, field trips. Weekend hayrides.
Sept. 22-Oct. 30: weekdays 4 p.m.-dark,
Sat. 10 a.m.-dark, Sun. noon-dark.
Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market
8631 Campbellsville Road, Hodgenville
Corn maze, straw mound, pumpkin patch, hayrides, grain bin play area, child-sized tractor, concessions, picnic area.
Sept. 1-Nov. 3. Sept.-Oct. hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. Nov. hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wilmoth's Pumpkins and More
3521 Shepherdsville Road, Hodgenville
Corn maze 3 acres, fall crafts, 75+ varieties pumpkins, squash, gourds.
Sept. 29-Nov. 4: Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-dark, Fri.-Sun., daylight-dark.
Christian Way Farm
19590 Linville Road, Hopkinsville
Corn maze, pumpkins, wagon rides, play area, lawnmower train, gift shop, picnic area, farm animals, 18-hole miniature golf, antique farm equipment.
Sept.-October: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-dark. Harvest Praise Oct. 20: Christian music, food, hayrides.
22850 Coal Creek Road, Hopkinsville
Corn maze (weather permitting), hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, U-pick apples, honey from hives, cider mill, gift shop, refreshments, picnic table, farm animals. Open 7 days a week, June until November. Call for hours.
First Day Farm
938 Chelf Ridge Road, Hustonville
Located in northern Casey County
Corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkin cannon, playground, duck pond, gift shop, concessions, walking trails, pumpkin patch.
Sept. 29-Oct. 27: Sat. 11 a.m.-dark, Sun. 1-6 p.m.
12478 Madison Pike, Independence
Haybale maze for kids, pumpkins, hayrides, concessions, petting zoo, face painting.
October: Sat. 11-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Kelley Farms Giant Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
6483 Old Richmond Road, Lexington
Corn maze 10 acres, this year features Coach John Calipari, pumpkin patch, hayrides, Billy Goat Skywalk, apple cider, tasty treats.
Sept. 15-Oct. 27. Wed-Fri. 6-10 p.m., last entry 9 p.m.
1574 Rough Creek Road, London
Corn maze, haunted corn maze, pumpkins, mule train, miniature donkeys, hayrides, concessions, picnic area, farm animals.
Sept. 17-Oct. 31: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. schools, 2-6 p.m. public. Weekends: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Haunted corn maze, October only: Fri-Sat. 8-12 p.m.
Hillview Stables LLC
804 Westerfield Road, London
Corn maze 2 acres, pumpkin patch, train rides, horse rides, petting zoo, hayrides, and 40 Tennessee Walkers.
Sept. 22-Sun. Nov. 4: Sat 11 a.m.-dark, Sun .1 p.m.-dark. Weekdays by appointment only.
Sunny Acres Farm
6516 Echo Trail, Louisville
Cobbï¿½s Haunt 11-acre haunted corn maze, pumpkins. October: Fri.-Sat. nights, 8 p.m.-midnight. Pumpkin Festival Oct. 20.
715 East Broadway, Mayfield
Corn maze 20 acres: kids, intermediate, expert; pedal car races, corn cannon, concessions, pumpkins, fall decorations, inflatables, hayrides.
Sept. 7-Oct. 28, Sept. hours: Fri. 5-10 p.m.,
Sat. 12-10 p.m.; October hours: Wed. 5-10 p.m.,
Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.
ï¿½Rï¿½ Farm Pumpkins & More, LLC
7172 Strodes Run Road, Maysville
Corn maze for children; U-pick pumpkins, gourds, greased pig contest, hayrides, crafts, 26 species of animals.
ï¿½Rï¿½ Farm Pumpkinfest Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7, Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m.
Open weekends, Oct. 1-31, same hours.
Neltner's Farm and Greenhouse
6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne
Corn maze 2 acres, horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, refreshments, music, fall decorations, produce, festival.
October: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bramble Ridge Orchard
2726 Osborne Road, Mt. Sterling
Rope maze, 13 varieties of apples, produce, apple slingshot, observation beehive, wagon rides.
Sept.-Oct.: Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
477 Rimmel Cemetery Road, Mt. Vernon
Corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, live music, produce, farm animals, traderï¿½s tent, tractor-pulled and horse-drawn hayrides by prior arrangement.
June-Nov.: Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pumpkin Days: October 13-14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bear Wallow Farm
1225 Piney Grove Road, Nancy
West of Somerset
Corn maze 4 acres in bear shape, hayrides, animals, restored cabin, concessions, live bluegrass music, pumpkin chucker, gemstone mining, pumpkin weigh-in.
Sept. 15-Nov. 1: Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.
Wurth Farms LLC
1720 South Friendship Road, Paducah
Child-size straw bale maze, live music, concessions, inflatables, petting zoo, and horseback rides on weekends only. School tours weekdays. Pumpkins, squash, straw, mums, fall dï¿½cor.
October: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun, 12-5 p.m. weather permitting.
Robert Mason's Pumpkin Patch
8067 Highway 190, Pineville
Corn maze, sunflower patch. Sept. 29 Festival includes petting zoo, food, crafts, live music.
Sept. 29-Oct. 31: daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1113 Tates Creek Road, Richmond
Corn and hay maze 2 acres, pumpkin patch, produce, live music, petting zoo, weekend pony rides and bouncy castle, gift shop with local honey, salsa, jams, sorghum, fall decorations, mums, cedar picnic tables for sale.
Sept. 27-Oct. 31: daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hettmansperger Farm & Greenhouse
3917 State Hwy 837, Science Hill
Spooky corn maze 8 acres, flashlights and refreshments provided, 1 hour to complete.
October: Fri.-Sun. dusk-midnight
10165 Old Union Road, Union
Corn and hay mazes for kids, pumpkins, hayrides to feed cows, petting zoo, pony rides.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28: Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Trunnellï¿½s Farm Market
9255 US Highway 431, Utica
Corn maze 3 acres, straw pyramid, pumpkins, hayrides, rope maze, pedal tractors and carts, corn pit, corn hole, produce, market, concessions, restrooms, and farm animals.
Sept. 17-Nov. 5: Thurs.-Fri. 3-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m.
1396 Pinckard Pike (KY 169), Versailles
Corn maze, U-pick apples and pumpkins, hay-rides, music, food, playgrounds, pony rides, farm animal center, 80- and 40-foot slides, five-decker tree house, gift shop. Bonfires by pre-arrangement. Festival themes each weekend: apple, scarecrow, ole cider days, pumpkin, harvest, etc. Check Web site.
Sept. 15-Oct. 28: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 12-7 p.m.
Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass
570 Milner Road, Versailles
Corn maze 16 acres, kid's hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, concessions, 10 miles of marked trails for horses and hiking. Equine program with riding lessons, challenge course, experiential education programs, and program mobile unit.
Maze only hours: Fri.-Sun. Sept. 14-Oct. 21: Fri. 6-10 p.m., Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m. Last ticket sold one hour prior to close.
Benton Family Farm
11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton
Hay bale maze 1/4 acre and pumpkin patch, school field trips.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28: Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Haunted house fund-raiser helps with Adventure Days tuition, Fri.-Sat. nights, Sept. 28-Oct. 27, 7-11 p.m.
Daniel's Petting Farm
1850 Walton Nicholson Pike, Walton
Small hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, country store, concessions, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, hamster ball, trampoline bungee jump, mechanical bull ride. Available for groups.
Oct. 1-31: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Heavenly Haven Farm
859 Genesis Road, Columbia
Corn maze 5 acres, hayrides, pumpkin patch, nature trail, picnic areas, campfire gathering (reservation only), petting zoo, playground, gift shop, fresh farm-raised lamb, beef, and goat meat.
Sept. 1-Nov. 1: Mon.-Thurs 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Corn maze is haunted October 26-27 dusk-midnight with proceeds benefiting Taylor County FFA.