Sep 5, 2023 - Things to Do

8 corn mazes within an hour of Charlotte

Photo: Kevin Hall/courtesy of Hall Family Farm

Fall means it’s time to do cute seasonal things, like exploring a corn maze.

They’re a perfect date idea or fun for the whole family. Check out these eight corn mazes within an hour of Charlotte.

Of note: Pets aren’t allowed at the places we’ve highlighted.

1. The 13th Acre 

Enter at your own risk. Aw Shucks Farm is now The 13th Acre, a multi-attraction haunted farm.

Location: 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, N.C.

Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31

Tickets: $25 for adults for all attractions; $10 to walk around but not participate in the attraction

Hours: Friday and Saturday 6-11pm; Last two Sundays in October (Oct. 22 and 29) and Oct. 31 6-10pm

Of note: The 13th Acre is recommended for middle school-age children and older. It is not recommended for those who are six or more months pregnant.

2. Black’s Peaches

Head to Black’s Peaches for a festival for every season.

Location: 1800 Black Highway York, S.C. 

Dates: Every Saturday in October

Tickets: Check their website for pricing as the season approaches.

Hours: 10am-4pm

3. Cherry Place Farm

Location: 1922 Oakdale Road Rock Hill, S.C.

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in October

Tickets: $10 for everyone over age 2. Your ticket includes the corn maze, hayrides, popcorn and feed for the animals.

Hours: Saturdays 10am-6pm; Sundays 1-6pm

Bonus: Buy a carving-sized pumpkin for $9.

corn maze
Photo courtesy of Cherry Place Farm

4. Country Days Corn Maze

Here you get two corn mazes: the Big Ears Maze, which spans seven acres, and the Little Ears Maze, which is for kids age 10 and younger.

Location: 416 Joe Lee Helms Road, Indian Trail, N.C.

Dates: Sept. 29-Nov. 4

Tickets: $10 for the Big Ears Maze an adult chaperone is required for people under age 14; $8 per person for groups of 20-plus; $6 Little Ears Maze — requires an adult chaperone; kids under age 3 get in free; a $26 all-inclusive ticket includes one-time entrance to the big maze and unlimited farm activities; a $24 all-inclusive ticket includes one-time entrance to the little maze and unlimited farm activities.

Hours: Fridays 5-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 2-8pm

  • You must enter the maze at least 45 minutes before closing.
  • Large groups can make a weekday reservation.

Bonus: They also offer bonfire reservations: $30 for two hours.

5. Hall Family Farm

This year’s mazes are arcade game-themed: Donkey Kong for the large maze and Pac-Man for the kids’ maze. The small corn maze is stroller-friendly and takes around 15 minutes. The large corn maze is seven acres and takes 1-2 hours.

Location: 445 W. Rebound Road Lancaster, S.C.

Dates: Sept. 22-Oct. 31

Tickets: The small corn maze is $4; the large corn maze is $11; the small corn maze combo (small corn maze, fun pass and hayride) is $15; the fun pass large maze combo (large corn maze, fun pass and hayride) is $20; large corn maze combo (large corn maze and hayride) is $14

Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 11am-6pm; Friday 11am-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 9am-6pm

  • The farm will also be open from 9am-6pm on the following Mondays: Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 16.

Bonus: Gather around a bonfire for four hours for $75. The farm will start and maintain the fire for you. The farm also includes several free activities, like duck racing and a bamboo maze.

6. Patterson Farm

hall family farm corn maze
Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Location: 10390 Caldwell Road Mount Ulla, N.C.

Dates: Sept. 23-Nov. 3.

Tickets: Admission is $17.99 for the weekday and $19.99 on weekends. Admission is for the entire farm, not just the maze. Children under 2 get in free.

Hours: Monday-Friday 12-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm

7. Rural Hill

Context: The Amazing Maize Maze is on the historic site in Huntersville. It was the homestead site of Major John Davidson, who signed the Mecklenburg County Declaration of Independence in 1775.

  • Today it’s a nature preserve, cultural center, farm and wedding venue.

Location: 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville

Dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 29

Tickets: $14 for ages 13 and up; $9 for ages $5-$12; plus fees for both.

Hours: Friday through Sunday 10am-5pm. You must enter the maze by 5pm. Night mazes begin in October and will be available Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm. You must enter the maze by 8pm.

Bonus: At least half a dozen food trucks will be onsite during the season. Find the full list here.

8. Red Wolf Farm

Corn maze
Photo: Jessica Bustamante/courtesy of Rural Hill

Come prepared to play as your roam through two corn mazes (one is for kids), go on a hayride, try pumpkin bowling, race on the pedals tractors, or let your kids play on the pirate ship, tractor, toy airplanes and wood train.

Location: 1900 HW Farm Road Maiden, N.C.

Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29

Tickets: Admission is $8 per person. Kids age 2 and under get in free. Admission includes all farm activities.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10am-6pm

Of note: Red Wolf Farm accepts cash and card forms of payment. ​

Bonus: Snag a snack or a drink from The Thirsty Wolf, the farm’s concession stand.

More fall fun: 25 fall experiences for every budget — from food recs to travel destinations

Editor’s note: This guide was originally published in 2016 and was last updated on Sept. 5, 2023. 

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