Corn Mazes Make Fall Fun by Design

By Explore Minnesota

Afton Apple Orchard corn maze 2016
An intricate design at the Afton Apple Orchard corn maze in Hastings

Each fall, intricate corn mazes crop up at Minnesota farms, wineries, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, following the centuries-old European maze tradition. Maze-makers plant or cut corn to create a pathway in an elaborate design. Simply a-maze-ing to see from above, recent designs produced locally include geometric labyrinths, a Minnesota Timberwolves logo, a headless horseman, and a Minnesota state map.

Navigating a circuitous journey through 7-foot-tall stalks of corn leads to some dead ends, but most mazes offer maps and clues as guides, and scavenger hunts and games to make it interesting. Some destinations have straw bale mazes for younger explorers. Most sites have music, food, rides, produce picking, and other activities to fill an afternoon.

In the Twin Cities, Sever's Corn Maze in Shakopee and the Twin Cities Corn Maze in Brooklyn Park are two of the largest mazes in the state. In Central Minnesota, explore A and G Produce in St. Joseph to find more than 13 acres of fun. Visitors looking for a fright will want to visit Paul Bunyan Land's Hidden Hollows Haunted Corn Maze in Brainerd.

Northwest Minnesota visitors can check out the Country Corn Maze near Warroad. In the southeast, try the corn maze at Tweite’s Pumpkin Patch in Byron or Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings.