Corn mazes – the perfect fall activity! Except that Kevin had never been to one! I made sure that the corn maze got put on this year’s fall bucket list, and I made sure we checked it off.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze
You’ve gotta get way out of the city to find a corn maze around Atlanta, but there are plenty to choose from. We decided on Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze because it seemed like the biggest and Dawsonville is only about an hour from where we live. Uncle Shucks actually has three corn mazes and a haunted trail through the corn. The mazes are more like a scavenger hunt than a traditional maze, where you find your way to checkpoints to mark off on your map to turn in for a prize, but it’s still easy to become corn-fused and get lost. There are twelve checkpoints, half in the first maze and half in the second maze. The second maze also has a mystery sequence and checkpoints that go along with figuring out the mystery. The third maze is a “maze of knowledge” that teaches you corn facts (that, as an adult, you probably already know). The haunted maze is open on weekend nights, and that’s basically all I know about it because I have sworn off haunted mazes and the awful fake chainsaws the ghouls like to rev behind you.
We went on a Sunday around 3:30, and it wasn’t very crowded. We bought the Corn Combo, which gets you the mazes and a hayride for $14.
Hayride, Pumpkin Patch, and More
We made it out of the maze just as it started to rain, so we took shelter under the large picnic area tent. The rain only lasted for a few minutes, and once it was over, everyone flocked to the hayride. Since that was filled up, we waited for the next go, and had the hayride almost completely to ourselves. They didn’t put much hay on the hayride, which was good because you weren’t sitting on a pokey bale of hay, but it also didn’t feel super authentic. The tractor pulled us along the cornfield on one side and a stream on the other before going into the cornfield, which became a bumpy ride, and turning around. The ride then doubles back past the start point and goes through a grassy field out toward the bonfires before making another loop back to the start. In all, it lasted about 10 minutes.
Uncle Shuck’s also has a pumpkin patch where you can buy pumpkins, a corn cannon that you shoot out at an old car, and a goat walk where you can buy goat feed to entice the goats up a goat-playground. There is also your typical festival-type foods of hot dogs, hamburgers, boiled peanuts, and the like. At night, you can do the mazes, the haunted maze, the hayride, and head out to the bonfires to roast marshmallows.
After a few hours of getting lost in the corn, we were worn out and ready to get back home, but it was well worth it.
What’s your favorite corn maze to get lost in? Let me know in the comments!