One of the newest additions to the autumn scene in Ohio is the corn maze. Farmers have found a new method to make money by letting visitors get lost in their corn fields.
Some of them are real works of art when seen from the sky, say in an airplane or helicopter. But on the ground it just seems like a puzzling set of lanes cut through a few acres of corn. Some of the lanes end in a dead-end while others take you through a winding course that eventually ends up on the edge of the field. It’s a lot of fun for youngsters and adults on a crisp fall day.
Mazes have been spreading across the countryside since the first ones appeared in Ohio in the 1990’s. And they aren’t just made of corn. There are mazes made of bales of hay and straw. Some parks offer year-round mazes made of shrubs. But by far the most popular are the cornstalks. Farmers set aside a couple acres of their corn crop, then lay-out a maze design and they are ready for business. When Halloween is over, they can still harvest the corn in the field so they make money twice from that field.
There are many wonderful and unique corn mazes in the state. Just check your local tourist and convention center.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
The Lorain County Metro Parks, Carlisle Reservation offers both hayrides and a corn maze on weekends through Halloween. You can learn more by visiting their website at www.loraincountymetroparks.com
One of the biggest farm mazes is Derthicks Farm in Mantua, Ohio. They offer six different mazes with over five miles of trails. You can visit their website at www.derthickscornmaze.com
Also be sure to check out local orchards. Many of them also offer hayrides and mazes during the autumn season.