That fall feeling is back in full force in the Hudson Valley. In what feels like the blink of an eye, the return of apple picking, craft fairs, farm and food festivals, and pumpkin spice everything is here. In honor of autumn’s arrival, 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.
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, play a round of mini golf, catch a concert with one of the visiting bands, and bring your pup to the dog park. Come Halloween season, swing by during one of the thematic weekends.
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9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction
A must-visit during autumn in Dutchess County, Fishkill Farms is a delight for U-pick produce. As far as additional entertainment goes, its impressive corn maze begs to be explored. This year, the theme honors journalist and author Lucinda Franks Morgenthau, and is open weekends through October.
2187 Rte 32, Modena
Hurd’s takes fun on the farm seriously. Dubbed “agritainment,” the onsite festivities include four corn mazes (yes, really), an apple launcher, obstacle course, and a giant slide.
5755 Rte 209, Kerhonkson
A staple in the Hudson Valley for over 200 years, Kelder’s delivers family fun during the fall with U-pick produce, farm market shopping, and, of course, a curving corn maze. Visits to the corn maze are part of each farm and season pass, so book ahead of time to confirm a visit. P.S. Don’t forget to snap a photo with the giant gnome before you leave!
229 Middle Rd, Rhinebeck
Venture over to Kesicke Farm on the border of Rhinebeck and Red Hook from September 25 through October 31 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
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 pick-your-own fun, shopping in the barn market, and a bounce pillow for kids. 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.
1448 Rte 211 W, Middletown
Pierson’s might be known for its beef, but its corn maze is pretty remarkable, too. Along with the maze walk, visitors can swing by for sunflower weekends in September and pumpkin picking kicking off late in the month.
65 Chatham St, Kinderhook
Beloved by Hudson Valleyites for U-pick fun during fall, Samascott’s also delivers with an abundant market that’s stocked with everything from gardening supplies to cider donuts. As for the corn maze, it’s a massive affair filled with twists and turns that will challenge even the most seasoned maze runners.
5100 Rte 209, Accord
To say that there’s a lot to do at Saunderskill 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
Open throughout the fall, this gargantuan seven-acre corn maze in Montgomery pays homage to the farm’s 75-year history. The view from above reveals a message of “75 years of family,” along with an adorable cow. Believe it or not, several guests have popped the question inside the maze. Visit on the weekends for the family-friendly fall festivals, which include hayrides, ninja obstacles, kiddie trains, and a hay maze, too.
15 Rte 299 W, New Paltz
For a classic Hudson Valley farm experience, look no further than Wallkill View in New Paltz. Along with pumpkin picking throughout autumn, the farm boasts over three acres of corn maze entertainment. After trekking it through the maze, stick around for any of the fresh muffins, breads, pies, and scones available at the market. Plus, everyone who completes the maze wins a free pumpkin.
329 Kings Highway, Warwick
The family-run farm is a must for old-fashioned entertainment in the Hudson Valley once fall arrives. Sure, the pumpkin patch is a favorite stop, but the real attractions are the two winding corn mazes that leave visitors weaving their way across the farm’s ample acreage. If you make it to the bridge, don’t pass up the chance to climb to the top for a photo op or two.