Views of the Bonnybrook Corn Maze from the Sky 7 drone.
Photo: Elise Donoghue
Photo: Elise Donoghue

Get lost in a-MAZE-ing fall fun 

It’s a corny Midwest tradition, and we just can’t get enough.

‘Tis the season for fall fun on the farm, with corn mazes meant to test your wits and your navigational skills.

There are some excellent mazes near Dayton that range from a minor obstacle to mind-numbingly mystifying.  

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Here are a few of our favorites, ranked from kid-friendly to search-party essential:

🌽= Perfect for kids of all ages

🌽🌽 = You might get lost

🌽🌽🌽= Have a search party on standby

🌽 COWVIN'S CORNY PLAYLAND

Young’s Jersey Dairy

6880 Springfield Xenia Road

Yellow Springs

(937) 325-0629 | WebsiteFacebook 

Tasty treats await you at the end of Cowvin's Corny Maze.
Photo: Contributed

Extreme weather caused Young’s Jersey Dairy to transform its annual corn maze into a new outdoor play area. 

Cowvin’s Corny Playland Adventure was created in place of Cowvin’s Corny Maze this year, an area fall tradition since 1993. 

Dan Young, owner and CEO of the dairy, said this spring was one of the wettest ever in Clark County, prohibiting seed germination. 

“It rained five out of seven days from May through June, so the fields we use for our maze were difficult to get into and work the ground.” 

A second try at planting in early July, an “insanely late time to plant corn,” germinated, but when the “faucet turned off,” it produced spotty results. On a normal year, the maze is created out of three acres of corn standing 10 to 12 feet high. This year the maze is half the size. 

Young and his staff brainstormed a new kind of fun for visitors this year, transporting guests by wagon to Cowvin’s Corny Playland Adventure set in the cornfield. 

New features include a bale maze, Hula Hoop toss onto stick cows, a giant Connect Four game, large-scale whimsical animals made out of hay bales and human hamster wheels are among the new activities. Young said feedback from visitors has been so popular they plan to include the activities in the 2020 Cowvin’s Corn Maze. 

Cowvin’s Corny Playland Adventure is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 27.

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Extra: When you’re out of the maze, check out tons of other activities at Young’s including pick-your-own pumpkins, animal encounters, mini-golf, slides, batting cages and more. Plus ice cream!

Cost: $4

Bonnybrook Farms on State Route 132 in Clarksville features a 5-acre Crazed Corn Maze. Clues to solve the corn maze are based on characters like Thomas Edison and Wright Brothers in the farm’s Adventure Wagon Ride and are located throughout the corn. The Crazed Corn Maze is a traditional design says owner Bonnie Mercuri and is fun for all ages. http://bonnybrookfarms.com/fallfarmdays/ TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

🌽Bonnybrook Farms

3779 State Hwy. 132, Clarksville

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A beautiful 370 acre working farm with every quintessential eye-candy you’d hope to see on a spacious farm. The farm’s “Fall Farm Days” are happening, including the “Crazed Corn Maze.” Fall Farm Days run through Oct. 27, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Bonnybrook Farms, 3779 State Hwy. 132, Clarksville.

Will I get lost?

Bonnybrook Farms is family oriented and organizers said the corn maze is not very challenging. Crazed Corn Maze is a daytime-only activity.

How long will it take?

The estimated time to complete the Crazed Corn maze is 15 to 20 minutes.

Extra

A family fun destination, including a pumpkin farm, adventure wagon ride, corn maze, pet and brush friendly farm animals, clodhopper golf, giant slingshots and archery.

Cost 

Farm admission $16; children 4 and younger free with paid adult; seniors (65 & over) and active military personnel $14. Extra fee activities: pony ride $7 (2 laps) from 1 to 6 p.m.; pick your own pumpkin patch $9.

🌽🌽 NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM

4972 LeSourdsville-West Chester Drive

Liberty Township

(513) 779-3228 | WebsiteFacebook

Niederman Family Farm's 2019 corn maze. CONTRIBUTED

About

The Niederman Family Farm has been in operation through four generations, dating back to 1948. The family began offering attractions like tours, paintball, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze to offset the rising costs of farming. This year’s Fall Fest runs through Oct. 27, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays; private events on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Will I get lost?

The farm has made their 14-acre maze a little more challenging in recent years. So it’s certainly possible you’ll take a wrong turn somewhere. 

How long will it take?

The maze takes about 15-20 minutes, especially if you follow the story and clues. But, if you’re the type that likes to look around before making your exit, it could take up to three hours.

The jumping pillow at Niederman Family Farm near Hamilton. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

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Featuring a 4-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch, plus activities including a jumping pillow, pig races, giant swings, horse-drawn tractor rides and fire pits you can book for parties or just for fun. Guests can gather at the bonfire and roast hot dogs or cuddle, participate in activities for kids and the entire family. The Niederman Family Farm sells various treats to help you stay energized for your journey through the maze.

Swinging for the whole family is part of the creative fun at Niederman Family Farm near Hamilton. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

Cost

Fall farm tours are $8 per person and include a pumpkin.. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

🌽🌽🌽TOM'S MAZE AND PUMPKIN FARM

4881 Germantown-Liberty Rd.

Germantown

(937) 866-2777 | WebsiteFacebook

About

The folks at Tom’s Maze like to boast that “it’s more than just a regular corn maze.” This 8-acre maze is a game and you have to solve the puzzle to escape. The maze is open Open through Nov. 2, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

Will I get lost?

Most assuredly. This wasn’t nominated as one of the top 10 corn mazes in the state for nothing. There are various bridges and 12 puzzle pieces to locate. If you get frustrated, there are helpers within the labyrinth to help you out. Water stations are also located at the bridges to quench your thirst, but the main bridge you’re looking for is Victory Bridge.

How long will it take?

The staff at Tom's Maze says most people make it through in about an hour during the daylight hours. However, it can take two hours or more once the sun goes down.

Extra

Grown from the ground up — eight fun-filled acres of corn on the cob and a pumpkin patch, pumpkin chunkin’ cannon demonstrations, farm animal display, labyrinth, no left turn maze, color sequence maze and more. Hayrides and orchard rides are available. And new for 2019 is human foosball.

Cost

General farm admission $10; Children under age 4 free with a paying adult. $1 additional charge to ride Tom’s Pumpkin Train for everyone over age 2.

🌽🌽 APPLE COUNTRY FARM MARKET

2323 U.S. Route 42

Spring Valley

(937) 862-4376 | WebsiteFacebook

Apple Country Farm Market's 2019 corn maze. Source: Facebook

About

This family-owned and operated farm is a destination for fall fun with pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, animals and more.

Will I get lost?

Probably. The farm says it’s normal for people to get lost in the “Maize” (get it?), which features bridges and stations to add to the difficulty. If you get lost, you can ask one of their helpful “Corn Cops” to point you in the right direction. However, if you’d like to bail out with as few witnesses as possible, there are halfway points cut into the maze to allow for an instant exit from the madness.

There is also a straw maze for younger guests.

How long will it take?

The Maize takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete.

Extra

Hayrides, pumpkins, painting, campfires, corn cannon, duck races. Featuring farm market products, farm market, fall farm fun, corn maze and other fall attractions. Hayride hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Groups of 20 or more should call for special scheduling/discounts.

Cost

Maze admission: adults (ages 13+) $9, youth (ages 4-12) $7, ages 3 and under are free. Hayrides begin in October for $4/person, children under 2 ride for free. Duck races are $1, corn cannons are $2 for three shots, campfires are $40 for three hours.

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🌽🌽 IDLE-HOUR RANCH

4845 Fenner Road, Troy

(937) 339-9731 | WebsiteFacebook

Idle-Hour Ranch near Troy's 2019 maze. (Source: Facebook)

About

Run by the Iddings family since 1999, this animal sanctuary was opened to the public in 2007. However, it’s only open for 66 days out of the year, so it’s best to take advantage when you can. This year’s corn maze is themed to Ohio History and is open through Oct. 27, noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

Will I get lost?

There’s a good chance you will. You must collect messages located at 20 stations hidden within the six-acre maze and complete a booklet. Those who make it out the fastest are in the running for a free season pass for next year. Test your wits by conquering the maze in the dark during the Flashnight Night Maze on Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m.

How long will it take?

It takes about an hour and a half to get through the large maze. It takes about 15 minutes to successfully negotiate the kids maze.

Extra

Idle-Hour Ranch also offers an animal sanctuary with camel and pony rides, sloth encounters, corn maze, hayrides, bonfires, movies on the barn, and more. This isn’t your average petting zoo. In addition to goats and sheep, you’ll find alpacas, kangaroos, a monkey and more.

Cost

Admission before 6 p.m.: Toddlers 2 and under are free, children ages 3-12 are $10, adults ages 13+ are $12, seniors ages 65+ are $10; After 6 p.m. on Friday or Saturday: $10 per person, Children age 5 and under are free. Discounted rates available for groups of 15 or more paying guests. Admission fees support the care of the animals at the ranch.

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🌽Katie’s Pumpkin Barn

2128 New Germany Trebein Road, Beavercreek

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Katie's Pumpkin Barn in Beavercreek. (Source: Facebook)

A great destination for fall fun for the kids. This pumpkin farm complete with farm animals, an adorable decorated barn and a corn maze. 

🌽Brumbaugh’s Fruit Farm 

6420 Arcanum Hollansburg Rd, Arcanum

(937) 692-8084 | Website | Facebook

Corn maze fun at Brumbaugh Farm in Arcanum. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

The Kinda Kooky Korn Maze is a 5-acre maze. There’s also a mini maze for the little ones to work through by identifying colors, and simple math. Other fun includes a walk through the Storybook Forest, a 40-foot tunnel slide, a goat fort, human hamster wheels, apple-picking and more. Jump on one of our hay wagons and take a ride to the pumpkin patch to pick that “perfect” pumpkin. Pay for all pumpkins at the main entrance when you exit the farm. Cost: $10 per person, Ages 3 and under and 65 and older free admission. All activities are included in the admission price. Hours: Fun Farm Hours are Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

🌽🌽Lostcreek Reserve

2645 E. St. Rt. 41 

Troy, Ohio 

(937) 335-6273 | Website

This six-acre corn maze is available for private rentals ($100 per hour) for special events. But the good news is it’s also open to the public for a couple special events: during Fall Farm Fest on Oct. 12-13 (12-7 p.m. Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday) and during the Halloween Happening with a jack-o-lantern trail on Oct. 26 (8-10 p.m.). Cost: Adults (12+) $5 Donation, Children (5-11) $3 Donation. Children under 4 free.

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