It’s all about planning your Fall adventure this month and there are few things more nostalgic than Autumn activities. Sipping cider by a bonfire, meandering through a pumpkin patch, visiting a haunted house, and getting lost in an authentic corn maze are all activities that just scream Fall time fun! And the best part? You can do all of this and more when you visit Haywood County.
This week we’re highlighting one of the quintessential highlights of Fall in Haywood – a trip to the Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Canton. This might possibly be the PERFECT family fall outing with something for the entire family to enjoy. Located in the shadow of Cold Mountain – made famous by Charles Frazier novel “Cold Mountain” and later made into a major motion picture – the Cold Mountain Corn Maize offers autumn activities for all ages. First and foremost, the actual corn maze itself is the highlight of the trip. Getting lost has never been this much fun!
Photo – Heather Mina
Every year, the Cold Mountain Corn Maize creates an intricate design concept for the maze that often gives nod to the surrounding community. Many who visit don’t even realize that the twists and turns they are navigating through actually makes up a unique design that can only be seen from high above. The design for 2016 honors one of Haywood County’s most timeless traditions – the Pisgah High School vs. Tuscola High School Football Rivalry. Here in Western NC we take our high school football very seriously and the Pisgah Black Bears vs. Tuscola Mountaineers rivalry game is known as one of the biggest rivalries within the state and even the southeast. Every year it draws a sell-out crowd in the thousands! These two high schools – both located in Haywood – duke it out in the county clash to earn bragging rights for the year ahead. This year’s corn maze design honors this tradition and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the high schools and their rivalry.
We invite you to come check out this year’s latest maze layout and see for yourself just how much fun it is. For the brave ones, once the sun goes down the maze takes a turn for the scary when they unveil their heart-pounding haunted maze. Full of thrilling twists, turns, and surprises, the haunted maze typically kicks off in October for the Halloween season.
Photo – Heather Mina
Once on the farm you’ll find that the maze isn’t the only autumn activity to enjoy. Rummage through a pumpkin patch for the perfect pick, hop on for an old-fashion tractor pulled hayride, enjoy a tasty treat by the bonfire, take some great family photos with all the great fall decor, and much more. Cold Mountain Corn Maize also plans various special events throughout their season like community flea markets, lumberjack competitions, BBQ events and other fall favorites. To find out what is lined up during your visit, just give them a call – 828.648.8575.
Photo – Cold Mountain Corn Maize
Ready to take on the Corn Maze? Here’s all you need to know!
Opening for the season on Saturday, September 24
Wednesday – Friday 4 to 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 to 9 pm
Ages 4 and older – $8
Ages 3 and under – Free
Hayride – $2
Group rates available
Cash or check only
More info and question – Call 828.648.8575
Don’t Forget! – The Cold Mountain Corn Maize is only one of the MANY agritourism experiences in Haywood County. You can complement your trip to the corn maze with variety of other agri-adventures – all you need is a free copy of the Buy Haywood “Find Your Adventure” Agritoursim Guide. You can pick up one at the Haywood County Visitor Center at 1110 Soco Rd. in Maggie Valley or at a variety of participating partners.
Need a place to stay? Take your pick of a plethora of accommodations but take our advice and book early for Fall! You don’t want to miss out on the perfect basecamp to launch all your adventures from!