Regional fall farm attractions host great family fun, from hayrides to petting zoos
September brings the opening of corn mazes across the Mid-Atlantic with their zig-zag twists and turns that create great fun for families. Many of the farms offer a host of other family friendly activities as well and some offer flashlight options after dark. Here are a few popular mazes within easy driving distance.
BACK HOME ON THE FARM
Aug. 30–Nov. 1. Monday–Friday, 3:00–7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, noon–6:00pm.
Corn maze, cow train, wagon rides, barnyard area, pig races, and many more family activities. 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg, Va. backhome-onthefarm.com
Sept. 26–Oct. 31. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am–6:00pm.
A dozen activities, plus Southern Maryland’s largest corn maze. Petting zoo, barrel rides, kids’ slide, and straw maze. 22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements, Md. bowlesfarms.com
Sept. 5–Nov. 1. Friday, 5:00–10:00pm; Saturday, noon–1:00pm; Sunday, noon–5:00pm.
Choose one or all three of the mazes for one price and visit the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Moonlight Mazes on Friday and Saturday nights. 17638 Garden View Road, Hagerstown, Md. celebrationfarm.org
CHERRY CREST ADVENTURE FARM
Through Nov. 7.
Open Thursday through Saturday, with flashlight mazes on Friday and Saturday. Choose from 50 ways to have fun on the farm that appeal to all ages. Wagon rides, straw bale racer slide, and much more to do. 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, Pa. cherrycrestfarm.com
Sept. 19–Oct. 31. Friday, 6:00–9:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–9:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am–7:00pm.
Hot dogs and hayrides on Friday nights with corn maze and farm fun all weekend. Old-fashioned barn dance and dinner Sept. 19. 5225 Catlett Road, Midland, Va. cows-n-corn.com
HARTLAND FARM AND ORCHARD
Sept. 10–Oct. 30. Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, noon–6:00pm
In addition to the corn maze, enjoy hayrides, pumpkin bowling, an apple cannon, and other activities. Pick your own vegetables and Christmas trees, too. Enjoy fresh kettle corn and caramel apples. 3205 Hartland Lane, Markham, Va. hartlandfarmandorchard.com
LAWYER’S FARM AND MOONLIGHT MAZE
Sept.19–Nov. 1. Friday, 5:00–11:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am–11:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am–7:00pm.
Enjoy five mazes, two pumpkin cannons, hay rides, and other activities. 13003 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, Md. lawyersmoonlightmaze.com
LIBERTY MILLS FARM
Sept. 10–Nov. 6. Wednesday–Friday, 1:00–6:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am–5:30pm
At Virginia’s largest corn maze, choose from one or all four trails. Weekend hay wagon rides, plus activity area and pumpkin patch. 9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, Va. libertymillsfarm.com
STONER’S DAIRY FARM AND MAZE
Aug.29–Nov.1. Saturday, noon–10:00pm; Sunday, noon–5:00pm.
The season opens with a pig roast and there are flashlight maze events most weekends, with haunted mazes Oct. 24 and 31. The Harvest Farm Festival is Oct. 3, and there are lots of other activities on the farm. 7678 Oellig Road, Mercersburg, Pa. stonersdairyfarm.com
FIELDS OF GOLD
From finding corn mazes to picking fruit in an orchard to taking a tour of a farm to experiencing local festivals, the Fields of Gold program is a wonderful resource for exploring agritourism opportunities in Virginia’s central Shenandoah Valley.
The website is set up with maps, an ongoing list of events and activities, a description of what seasonal products are available, and information about farm-to-table restaurants. There are links to the towns in the area, as well as a comprehensive directory of Fields of Gold members.
Visitors can also click on the type of activity or experience they would like and the site will provide a list of places to explore. (fieldsofgold.org)