By Abbey Roy
Posted On: Sep 27, 2020
Ah, October ... the month when fall begins to make its way through the state and you can relish the prospect of sweaters, gorgeous foliage and all things pumpkin. It’s also the one season of the year when you can enjoy getting lost. On purpose.
Which is what makes Ohio’s long list of corn mazes – some simple, others elaborate, all of them enjoyable – such a great way to enjoy the season in a unique way. Check out these five mazes, or discover your own. That is, after all, part of the fun.
NOTE: Remember to check with individual farms on their schedules and safety guidelines.
Maze Craze in New Springfield
The theme of this year’s 21-acre maze is "A Christmas Carol," featuring Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Christmas yet to come. The design includes four mazes for various skill levels – from the 0.5-mile "Jacob Marley" designed for tots and their parents to the more challenging, 4.4-mile Christmas Carol maze. Make a day of it with various outdoor activities, including a playground, kiddie zipline, hayrides and more.
McPeek’s Mighty Maze in Coshocton
Located on the Coshocton KOA campground, this year’s maze invites guest to road trip through the USA. Learn about 18 National Parks while playing the word game and find nine state animals while completing the picture find game - all hidden in the maze! Pumpkin painting, barrel train rides, jump pads and other activities are also on site, plus food trucks on Saturdays and Sundays. Ready for an extra challenge? Stop by on October 10 from dusk to 10 PM to navigate the maze by flashlight. (Psst: Grown-ups might appreciate this year’s special event, Wine Your Way Out on October 14, 15 and 22).
NOTE: Group sizes should be limited to 10 or fewer while at the event. McPeek’s will limit the capacity of their wagon ride to allow for social distance. Following the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order, they'll require guests to wear masks when riding the wagon ride.
The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek in Milford Center
Celebrate Union County’s bicentennial as you navigate the maze designed after Union County’s covered bridges. Now in its 19th season, the family-owned farm offers a healthy dose of family fun to accompany your maze navigation: a petting zoo, corn cannons, hayrides, a ball zone and more.
NOTE: Face masks are required for hayrides, Field of Fright, Kid’s Fun Barn, paintball, the exit store and all outdoor areas if you are not socially distanced from others. Additionally, the paths in the corn maze and Field of Fright are wider this year to help with social distancing.
Wheeler Farms Corn Maze in Whitehouse
This year’s maze honors Whitehouse’s hometown heroes. Featuring four different mazes that total nearly seven miles of trails, this 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 at the campfire at no charge.
NOTE: Guests are asked to wear masks inside all buildings and whenever you are not able to maintain social distances with people not in your immediate group.
Maize Valley Corn Maze in 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: pumpkin cannon demonstration, chicken area, push carts, tire pile and more. When planning your visit, be sure to check Maize Valley’s event schedule for upcoming fall events, including a hot air balloon liftoff 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."
NOTE: Maize Valley will be limiting the number of guests that they allow on the property at any one time. Masks outside will not be required, as long as you can maintain at least six feet of social distance from other guests. Masks are required inside buildings. Campfires will be limited to a maximum of 10 guests.
More Ohio corn mazes to check out:
- Brown’s Family Farm Market in Hamilton
- Derthick’s Corn Maze in Mantua
- Honey Haven Farm in Ashland
- Jada’s Maze at Porter’s Pumpkin Patch in Pomeroy
- Leaders Farm in Napoleon
- Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala
- Sweetapple Farm in Vincent
- Szalay’s Farm Market in Peninsula
- Tom’s Maze in Germantown
- Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs