Area corn mazes: Take time off from the rat race and adventure back to the land

  Up to the Challenge of the corn maze?

 Up to the Challenge of the corn maze?

Steven Goransky, Staff Writer 

 All ages enjoy navigating the life-size puzzle.

All ages enjoy navigating the life-size puzzle.

Everyone loves fall, with its colors of brown, gold, orange and reds. This is the time of year for football, hayrides and a good old-fashioned corn maze.  Where can you find a good corn maze when you really need one these days?  

I visited Denver Downs Farm recently and it was very well organized and extremely popular. Families were having a great time. Barely off of I-85 it is easy to find; free parking was no problem.  Admission was $14.

 Not up to the full-size corn maze? You can tackle the mini-maze.

Not up to the full-size corn maze? You can tackle the mini-maze.

The corn maze has become a very popular fall attraction in rural America, and a way for farms to play host to people who need an opportunity to get away from the city. Many can be very intricate and artistic, with design elements from popular culture. Corn mazes can have many different design features, like to tell stories or to portray a theme. Most have a path, which goes all around the whole pattern, either to end in the middle or to come back out again.

 Play the game on your smart phone for even more fun.

Play the game on your smart phone for even more fun.

Many farms that offer mazes are often combined with other attractions for families and adventurers. Example attractions could include hayrides a petting zoo, play areas, picnic areas and foods both fresh and canned. Some may even combine themes with Halloween, such as a haunted hayride. Each fall mazes are featured in national and local newspapers, radio and TV. Corn mazes typically are cut down circa the first week of November.

Two more corn mazes, about an hour's from the North Greenville University campus include Little Cane Creek Farm at 2480 N HIghway 11 in West Union, SC and Stewart Farms at 6600 Highway 92 in Enoree, S.C.

 The Denver Downs corn maze, about an hour away from NGU, is a popular place to be on the weekends.

The Denver Downs corn maze, about an hour away from NGU, is a popular place to be on the weekends.

Photos by Steven Goransky