McKee's Corn Maze
I have to admit I am scared of mazes (hello, Harry Potter anyone?), but when I read that McKee's Cedar Creek Farm has one of the largest corn mazes in NC, I was intrigued. Then I also read that they have a "mini maze" for kids, and I knew we would be going.
McKee's is located about 10 miles outside of Hillsborough, and is a gorgeous drive through North Carolina countryside. The fall colors make this so scenic right now. This is a private farm, but every fall Vicki McKee takes her love of art and channels it into a massive 14-acre corn maze. 12-acres is an adult maze, 2-acres a kids' maze. The design changes every year.
At the start of the maze a farm hand gives you some tips and pointers for navigating. They also up the ante by sticking "check points" in each of the mazes. These are stops (at dead ends, forcing you into areas of the maze you might not otherwise hit) throughout the maze that have hole punches on them, and you punch your card. Each hole punch is a different shape, too, so you can't cheat.
The kids' maze has a lot of funny items in addition to the checkpoints. There are letter cards, fun facts, and pictures of animals sprinkled about.
It was a bad year for corn (as we mentioned in our Green Level Gourd Farm post). And it is getting late in the season. So it isn't a green, lush cornfield, but the corn is as high as an elephant's eye. The kids' maze was pretty easy (thankfully), but we got turned around in the big maze. Make sure you are committed to walking and spending some time here.
There are other activities at McKee's. There are two playgyms (one for older kids, one for younger kids). There is a very large sandbox as well as a rope swing that was a huge hit with the tweens and adults. A lot of very nice picnic benches, too.
As this is a farm, there are some animals on site. There are goats, bunnies, hens, and a donkey. The animals are in cages in one select area. So it was hard to get up close to them, although one farmhand was taking some older kids into the donkey's stall to feed it.
There are port-a-johns on site. Plus, it turns out that the maze trails are well-groomed enough for strollers! Added plus!
It costs $8 for adults to get in, kids 0-2 are free; the haunted maze is $10 (and they don't recommend bringing the kiddos). DH and I thought this was a little pricey, especially since with little kids you can't spend too terribly long here. We did have a great time though. There are concessions available to buy as well as pumpkins and mums.
We went on a beautiful weekend day and while there were a lot of families here, it didn't feel crowded or oversold.
McKee's Cedar Creek Farm Corn Maze
5011 Kiger Road Rougemont
Opens end of September, ends October 31st.
Fridays 3 am - 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am - 8 pm, Sundays 1 pm - 7 pm (note that closing hours can change dependent on the Haunted Maze schedule, so call ahead).
Haunted Maze open some Friday and Saturday nights, see website for schedule.