Fall in the countryside is not complete without a corn maze providing fun for everyone, and Harvest Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in picturesque Valle Crucis does just that.
Located right next to the original Mast General Store, you’ll park in front of an historic barn and walk past rows of bright orange and white pumpkins. Admission includes a hayride and all the time you need in the 7-acre maze. The cheerful lady who greeted us handed us a clipboard and a flag, explaining that there are 6 mailboxes scattered throughout the maze, and inside each mailbox is a piece of a puzzle. Put together, this puzzle forms the aerial map of the maze, and if the puzzle is completed and brought back out, a free pumpkin (or credit towards a larger pumpkin) is your reward. Armed with this fun incentive, away we went!
The hayride, pulled by a tractor for a classically fun ride, took us down through the pumpkin patch and around the back of the field by the Watauga River, along the maze’s back and right sides, and dropped us back off at the entrance of the maze. Despite the hundreds of pumpkins at the barn, there were still dozens to be seen in the fields. The driver saw my camera and stopped partway down and took a lovely photo of us with a pumpkin and the maze in the background before carrying us along to our destination.
Immediately after entering the maze, you’re confronted with a choice….left fork or right fork? And again just a few feet down- and then you must choose a path from 4 or even 5 way intersections!
As with all mazes this is a choice you will make countless times as you search for the mailboxes and ultimately the exit. Corn stalks tower over you, at least nine feet tall, and you’ll hear the murmurs of other maze visitors around you. Wind your way through the maze, build the puzzle map as you find mailboxes, and don’t forget to have fun!
Obviously there will not be a spoiler image of the maze map posted here, but I will say that it’s a fun design celebrating the agriculture of North Carolina. Make sure to enjoy the beautiful pumpkin displays around the barn when you’re done!
On Friday and Saturday nights, the farm hosts Family Flashlight Days starting at dusk. Bring a jacket and a flashlight and experience the maze at night! Concessions are available as well. Harvest Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is a family-friendly destination everyone will enjoy!
Where Is It?
3287 NC Highway 194, Valle Crucis NC 28691
Take Broadstone Road from Highway 105 into Valle Crucis, about 2.9 miles, and stay straight for another 0.4 mile when the road changes to Hwy 194 in front of Valle Crucis Elementary School. You will see signs for the farm on the right. Park in the grass in front of the barn.
Hours & Admission
The maze is open Thursdays 11am-6pm, Fridays 11am-10pm, Saturdays 10am-1opm, and Sundays 1pm-6pm. Opening day for this year was September 18, and the maze will be open weekends until Halloween.
Admission is $12 per person over 13; $7 per child aged 4-12; and free for kids 3 and under. They do offer a $1 discount for seniors, military personnel, and local students with valid ID.
Everyone able to walk on uneven terrain and cross a footbridge and gravel path to get into the maze. Strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs are not advised. Those who deal with extreme claustrophobia may not want to try this- the corn rows are tight in some places. Younger kids especially will have a blast!
For more details, visit the farm’s website HERE or give them a call at 828-297-1462.
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