Top Five Ohio Corn Mazes
By Abbey Roy

Ah, September. The month when fall begins to make its way through the Buckeye State and Ohioans relish the prospect of sweaters, gorgeous foliage and all things pumpkin. It’s also the one season of the year when we can enjoy getting lost. On purpose. Which is what makes Ohio’s long list of corn mazes — some basic, others elaborate, all of them enjoyable — such a great way to relish the season in a uniquely Midwest way.

Here are a few highlights, but feel free to deviate from the list. That is, after all, part of the fun.

Maze Craze, New Springfield

The theme of this year’s 21-acre maze is “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” featuring Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tic-Toc the crocodile and Tinkerbell. The design includes four mazes for various skill levels — from the .4-mile “Tinkerbell Toadstool” designed for tots and their parents to the more challenging, 4.5-mile Peter Pan maze. “We are excited to see who will be the favorite,” owner Cindy Bacon noted. “Last year it was a tie between Belle and the Beast.”

Make a day of it with various outdoor activities, including a playground, kiddie zipline, hayrides and more. Click here for more information.

McPeek’s Mighty Maze, Coshocton

Located on the Coshocton KOA campground, this year’s maze invites guests to join Expedition Everest in search of the Yeti. Follow a series of clues to reach your destination, special “Maize-o-Vision” glasses optional. Free pumpkin painting and other activities are also on site, plus food trucks on Saturdays and Sundays. Ready for an extra challenge? Stop by on a Friday or Saturday from dusk to 10-p.m. to navigate the maze by flashlight.

(Psst: Grown-ups might appreciate this year’s special events, Wine Your Way Out on Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18 and the Beer Maze on Sept. 27.) Click here for more information.

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek, Milford Center

Celebrate superheroes this year as you navigate the winding paths of this nine-acre corn maze, featuring images of Superman and military, police and firefighters. Now in its 17th season, the family-owned farm offers a healthy dose of family fall fun to accompany your maze navigation: A petting zoo, corn blasters, hayrides, a ball zone and more.

Click here for more information.

Wheeler Farms Corn Maze, Whitehouse

Calling all dinosaur lovers: This is your place. Featuring four different mazes that total nearly 7 miles of trails, this dino-riffic maze also offers 24 hidden checkpoints for the super-ambitious. The farm also features The Butterfly House, a facility containing more than 1,000 butterflies of various species. Not into mazes? Let the rest of your party roam as you warm up by the campfire at no charge.

Click here for more information.

Maize Valley Corn Maze, Hartville

There’s no shortage of wholesome, down-home fun at Maize Valley Winery, whose 8-acre corn maze contains trivia questions that relate to the year’s theme. Also on site: Wagon and barrel train rides, a tire pile, straw bale mountain, duck races and beyond.

When planning your visit, be sure to check Maize Valley’s event schedule for upcoming fall happenings, including a hot air balloon liftoff, Oktoberfest celebration and a visit from Megasaurus, “a giant fire breathing, car crushing dinosaur that performs across the United States at Monster Jam Truck Shows and other events.” Click here for more information.

For more fall festivities, Find It Here on Ohio.org.

About the Author

Abbey Roy is a Kent State University journalism graduate. She writes a weekly column entitled the Bargain Advocate for the Newark Advocate and Media Network of Central Ohio and enjoys spending time with her family - her husband, Seth, and two daughters, Analeigh and Aria - reading, being outdoors (especially in the woods, water or both), bicycling and photography. She also makes a mean zucchini bread. You can email Abbey at abbey.m.roy@gmail.com.

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