These Hudson Valley Corn Mazes Are A-Maize-ing
Do you have what it takes to make it through the local labyrinths?
The maze at Barton
Photo courtesy of Barton Orchards
That fall feeling is creeping into the Hudson Valley. Before you know it, the return of apple picking, farm fetes, and pumpkin spice everything will be here. In honor of the impending return of autumn, we rounded up the region’s coolest, creepiest, can’t miss corn mazes in the region. As you hop from farm to farm over the course of the season, challenge yourself to navigate them all.
The maze at Barton / Photos courtesy of Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag
Barton isn’t just a farm; it’s a destination. In addition to pick-your-own produce and barnyard animals, the farm also boasts a corn maze that changes in pattern and theme each year. After you make it through the challenging course, refuel with a cup of cider and a slice of pie at the bakery. For additional entertainment, check out the fun park, catch a concert with one of the visiting bands, and bring your pup to the dog park. Come Halloween season, challenge your friends to a chilling stroll through the haunted house.
The corn maze at DuBois Farms / Courtesy photo
209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, 845.795.4037
You’ll feel like Pac Man as you wind around corners in the 2-acre corn maze. Once you make it out, keep those autumn vibes alive with a tractor-pulled wagon ride or a trip to visit the farm animals. Bring the kids to “Tiny Town,” the pint-sized village that is perfect for games of make believe. As for food, treat the family to homemade apple cider donuts and cotton candy from the farm market and café. The 21-and-up crowd, meanwhile, can hit the Tavern at DuBois Farms for local hard cider, craft beer, and wine.
1297 Brookview Station Rd, Castleton-on-Hudson, 518.732.7317
Take a drive to Castleton-on-Hudson on that first crisp weekend to wind your way through the Tetris-style maze. An aerial view reveals the “Goold” name etched alongside the terrain, which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in season. After you complete the course, swing by the orchard for a spot of apple picking or stop into the Brookview Station Winery for a late afternoon tasting.
2187 Rte 32, Modena, 845.883.7825
Hurd’s takes fun on the farm seriously. Dubbed “agritainment,” the onsite festivities include a 2-acre corn maze, an apple launcher, pedal karts, and a giant slide. Anyone who successfully completes the lengthy labyrinth and mystery game will earn his or her very own inspector badge. Go, go Inspector Gadget!
229 Middle Rd, Rhinebeck, 845.590.9642
Venture over to Kesicke Farm in Rhinebeck in September and October to experience the best of autumn during one of the fall festival weekends. Race with friends through the corn maze, then hop on a wagon ride and pick your very own pumpkin. After you say hello to the farm animals and give them a snack to two, indulge in a delectable apple cider donut. ‘Tis the season, after all.
250 Hurds Rd, Clintondale, 866.632.7753
When you need one spot that will satisfy the entire family, Minard’s is the place to go. The all-in-one venue delights the young and the young at heart with barnyard football and baseball, a bounce pillow, a kid-sized spider web, pedal carts, and more. If you want to embrace your inner Tomb Raider, test yourself with a trip through the 2.5-acre corn maze. Once you make your escape, order a warm apple cider donut or two as a reward.
240 Milton Tpke, Milton, 845.795.2383
Prospect Hill is quite the destination once fall settles in the Hudson Valley. The festivities begin with Kids’ Days on the last weekend in September, when little ones can venture through the corn maze, learn about cider pressing, and even build a scarecrow. On top of that, the orchard also has pick-your-own produce throughout the year and a cider fest in October.
5100 Rte 209, Accord, 845.626.2676
To say that there’s a lot to do at Saunderkill Farms would be an understatement. Come fall, head to the Accord site to adventure through the corn maze, then hop on a hayride and do a bit of apple picking too. If the abundance of greenery inspires you to bring a bit of plant life into your own home, stop by the greenhouse to pick up a potted friend. Check out the farm’s Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.
531 River Rd, Montgomery, 845.457.1991
Open August 25 to October, this seven-acre corn maze in Montgomery honors the dairy farmers who founded the farm. The view from above reveals a happy cow with the words “Milk Dairy Fresh” below. Visit on the weekends for the family-friendly fall festivals, which include hayrides, ninja obstacles, kiddie trains, and a hay maze, too.