Growing up to 8 feet tall, corn is the perfect crop for farmers looking to attract visitors looking for family fun in the fall. Giant corn mazes are typically located on large farms that usually offer other fall activities, like hayrides, beer fests, haunted houses, and pumpkin-picking, and some mazes are designed with a scavenger hunt built-in. Corn mazes in Maryland and Virginia are within a short drive from the Washington, D.C., area. Most are open on weekends from late September to November but tend to be busiest in October when the Halloween season kicks in.
In 2020, some corn mazes may be closed or will be operating with social distancing rules in place. Check the farm's official details for the latest updates.
Corn Mazes in Maryland
In Maryland, keep your eye out for themed corn mazes and pedal-kart race tracks, among other fall-themed activities.
- MD Corn Maze: In Gambrills, Maryland, you'll find one of the state's best mazes, which is famous for featuring a different fun theme every year. In 2020, the theme is Harry Potter, and visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their wizard robes. In addition to the 8-acre corn maze, there will also be a petting zoo, Halloween trivia, and special stands to go along with the Harry Potter theme like a wand shop.
- Gaver Farm: In Mount Airy, Maryland, Gaver Farm features over 50 fall-themed attractions including a large corn maze.
- Cornfusion Corn Maze: From the Showvaker Christmas Tree farm, Cornfusion is an annual event and extravaganza of fall family fun. Each year's maze has a different theme and corresponding activities. In 2020, the theme is Knights and Dragons. Guests are also allowed to come back at night with flashlights to test their way-finding skills in the maze in the dark.
- Summers Farm Corn Maze: In Frederick, Maryland, this famous maze is a part of Summers Farm Adventure which includes a variety of farm activities like giant mountain slides, pedal-cart derby, the pig races, Little Farmersville, the pumpkin train, and concessions. In 2020, the corn maze reads "We Stand Together" as a dedication to essential workers like nurses and grocery store workers.
- Winterbrook Farms: In Thurmont, Maryland, this 42-acre farm includes corn mazes, apple cannons, a large indoor area, a pedal kart track, zip-lining, and a picnic area.
Corn Mazes In Virginia
In Virginia, you'll find much larger mazes, festivals, and more fall-themed activities and sweet treats.
- Corn Maze at Liberty Mills Farm: In Somerset, Virginia, Liberty Mills Farm is home to the largest cone maze east of the Mississippi River. Visitors can navigate their way through 34 acres, divided into four separate trails. The trails range in difficulty and take about 30 minutes for the easiest and two to three hours for the most challenging. Here, you can also try the pumpkin ice cream churned by tractor, hayrides, a farmers market, and the owner's collection of antique John Deere tractors.
- The Maize at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park: In Leesburg, Virginia, this farm typically offers a corn maze, barnyard fun, hayrides, hay jump, and more for their Fall Festival.
- Corn Maze at Bridgemont Farm: In Quicksburg, Virginia, in the northern Shenandoah Valley, Bridgemont Farm typically has three huge corn mazes, a barn slide, pedal go-karts, pumpkins, and more.
- Corn Maze at Hartland Farm and Orchard: In Markham, Virginia, you'll find a five-acre corn maze in addition to caramel apples and cider, pony hops, goats to feed, a giant slide, and other activities.
- Wayside Farm Maze: In Berryville, Wayside Farm visitors are invited to pick pumpkins and enjoy the themed 10-acre corn maze, as well as hayrides, pig races, slides, and playgrounds. Past themes for the corn maze have included LEGO and Pokemon and in 2020 the theme is Spongebob SquarePants.