Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

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The crispness of fall weather in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, means football, the turning of the leaves, Halloween, and, of course, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides. You can also go on a tractor pull and have a picnic on the farm. Some of the farmers go all out and develop intricate creations that cover acres of land. Several farms offer spooky night versions where visitors can get lost in the 6- to 7-foot-high corn in the dark. These activities are open seasonally; check the websites for dates and times.

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    McKee's Cedar Creek Farm has a 2-acre children's maze and 12-acre family maze. The big maze has about 4 miles of labyrinth pathways, and the maze is known for its elaborate designs, which are different every year. You can also go on a hayride, go pumpkin picking or have a picnic at Cedar Creek Farm. Cedar Creek Farm is 15 miles from Durham in northern Orange County off of North Carolina Highway 57 on Kiger Road.  

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    Ken's Korny Corn Maze, North Carolina's oldest, has a 2.5-mile, 6-acre corn maze, a rope maze, hayrides,  a pumpkin patch, straw maze, hay jumping area, corn tunnel and corn and hay barn to play in. Check the website for dates for the nighttime haunted corn maze. Ken's is off North Carolina Highway 50 in Garner.

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    Upchurch Farm has three corn mazes -- for the little ones, there are sorghum and soybean mazes so parents can keep an eye on them as the kids navigate their way through the maze. The main corn maze is cut through a 4-acre corn field that is between 6 and 7 feet tall in the fall. The entire trail covers about one-third mile. There's also a pumpkin patch where you can pick your very own pumpkin right off the vine or choose one that's already been picked. Upchurch's also has a corn crib, haystack mountain, hay maze and a tour of the farm on a hayride. Upchurch Farm is in Cary.

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    Starting in late September, you and the kids can have lots of the fun of the fall season at Page Farms in Raleigh. Walk through a corn maze, go on a hayride, pick your own pumpkin, slide down a haystack slide or play in a corn crib.

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    The Naylor Family Farm, between Raleigh and Fayetteville, has a 10-acre themed corn maze, pumpkin patch, nighttime maze walks, nighttime campfires, farm animals, hayrides, corn crib barn, barrel train and straw bale playground. Naylor's is an all-day country adventure. You'll also find a farmers market with fresh seasonal produce to take home and savor.