North Carolina’s Best Corn Mazes, Hayrides, And Pumpkin Patches

Taylor Trembley
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Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

As summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches, days become shorter and nights come earlier, bonfires are welcomed, and pumpkins pop up everywhere. Wondering what you can do to celebrate Halloween and the fall season this year? Indulge your inner love of autumn by checking out a few of North Carolina’s best Corn Mazes, Hayrides, and Pumpkin Patches – some are wild and scary while others are just plain fun!

Corn Mazes

1. Shelby Corn Maze

120 Broadway Drive, Shelby, NC 28152

September 14 – October 27  (The maze is haunted after dark in Fridays and Saturdays in October.)

“It’s an 8-acre puzzle of twists and turns — and some dead ends!  It’s all carved into stalks of corn that tower over your head, offering an experience that is fun for kids from 2 to 92!  Most participants (adults and children alike) spend an average of one hour trying to find their way from maze entry to maze exit.”

2. Blue Ridge Corn Maze

1605 Everett Road, Pisgah Forest, NC

Open now, Self serve hours

“6 Acres of Corn-Fusion”, where you can lose it and it’s all right!” This self-serve corn maze operates on an honor system. Instructions are posted at the start to help you navigate the two mazes available to the public.

3.  Country Days Corn Maze

416 Joe Lee Helms Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079

September 23 – November 3

“Where Maize is Grown and Memories are Made.” This maze offers concessions and has an on-site General Store to recover at after winding through the stalks.

4. Kersey Valley

1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale, NC 27263

August 31 – November 3

Plan to spend a day at Kersey Valley for a fall extravaganza. Explore miles of twisting, turning pathways of a ten acre maze with your family – and even your friendly, leashed pets! Afterwards be sure to check out the other attractions at the valley: two giant jumping pillows (adults welcome!), Hop-A-Long-Rodeo, cow train ride, pumpkin patch, Gem Dig, informational Tram Train, Rock Shop, Duck Races, Dinosaur Discovery, multiple concession areas, and even a restaurant!

5. Aw Shucks! Corn Maze

3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, NC 28112

September 13 – November 17th

“With a new design each year, the maze at Aw Shucks® is our most popular attraction. The maze is never overwhelming and even young kids do well. Most visitors take 25 minutes to emerge from the corn! Be sure to bring a flashlight for the maze at NIGHT!”


1. Carrigan Farms

1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC 28115

September, October, and November

“Our tractor drawn hayrides are 45 minutes long and follow a romantic, winding trail all around the farm. Wagons can comfortably accommodate 35 people. A bonfire is provided either before or after your hayride and is perfect for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs.”

2.  Hall Family Farm

10713 Providence Road West, Charlotte, NC 28277

Mid-September – November 4

“Fall season on the farm features a 5 acre corn maze, pumpkin picking, musical hay ride, kid’s activities, school tours, group tours, birthday parties, and refreshments available in our sales tent.”

3. Lewis Farm Harvest Festival

330 Lewis Road, Gastonia, NC 28054

Weekends in October

Enjoy a day in the cool, fall air with your family. Get your dosage of fall with your family by enjoying attractions like Horse-drawn Hay Rides, a Corn Maze, Hand-led Pony Rides, Hay Bale Mountain & Slide, Barnyard Animal Feeding, and a Pumpkin Patch at the Lewis Farm.

4. Scary Dairy Haunted Hayride at Harris Farm

1643 Pembrook Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075

October 18, 19, 25, 26

Harris Farm is over 100 years old and spans over 150 acres. The 30 minute ride goes through the farm’s barn yards, fields, woods, and crosses over Reedy Creek. Scary Dairy prides itself in being Cabarrus County’s only haunted hayride.

5. Latta Haunted Trail

6201 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

Weekends in October

“Hold on tight, thrill seekers! Take a bone chilling ride through the haunted woods where monsters, ghosts and goblins lurk. For the little (and timid) ones…Enjoy family-friendly activities like pony rides, cow train, straw maze and bonfire with marshmallow roasting.”


Pumpkin Patches

1. Hodges Farm

3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215

Last Saturday of September through Halloween

Experience fall at Hodges Farm with their “Pick Your Own Pumpkin” patch, Hayrides, Hay Mountain, Farm animals, and Corn maze!

2. Carrigan Farms

1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville, NC 28115

Weekends in October

“Looking for the authentic pumpkin patch experience? Look no farther than Carrigan Farms. Conducted every October since 1975, our tractor-drawn pumpkin patch hayrides might be old fashioned, but we assure you they are the real deal. At Carrigan Farms we GROW tens of thousands of pumpkins every year. Each and every hayride includes a trip to the pumpkin patch, where kids of all ages (adults too!) each pick their very own pumpkin. Pumpkins range in size from 2-20 pounds +/-, so everyone can find the size that’s right for them.”

3. Patterson Farm

10390 Caldwell Road, Mount Ulla, NC 28125

September 23 – November 8

The pumpkin patch tour is a one hour tour designed for young children and their families. It includes a trip to the Pumpkin Patch Theater and a hands-on activity. Kids can feed the farm animals and go on a tractor-pulled wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to choose a small pumpkin.

4.  Hunter Farm

13624 Providence Road, Weddington, NC 28104

September 28 – November 17

At Hunter Farm you can pet and feed the animals, tour the dairy barn, and visit the pumpkin patch! Nightrides and bonfires are also available to enjoy the cool evening weather of the fall.

5. River Bend Farm

12150 McManus Road, Midland, NC 28107

Afternoons and Weekends in October

“Weekends at Riverbend Farm offers incredible fun and educational opportunities for your entire family. During this season, our farm has an abundance of color, sights and sounds. Our covered wagons will take you on a ride through our farm’s rolling hills to see trees showing off their beautiful fall colors and bright orange pumpkins waiting to be picked. Explore twenty acres of pumpkins in the field they were grown in! Make sure you bring your camera!”

More into the haunted side of fall? Make sure to check out The Coolest Haunted Houses in North Carolina!

What’s your favorite fall attraction? Let us know in the comment section below!


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