No childhood is complete without finding ways of repurposing the traditions and elements of the Harvest Festival into Halloween fun and hype like the Corn Maze Fun in the Smokies - and no adulthood is complete without finding some to take your kids, nephews, nieces, grandkids, friends' kids, etc. as the season temperatures wind down and the ghosts start becoming more visible throughout the county... ahem, anyway, corn mazes are loads of fun for families and a very simple type of late afternoon attraction that memories are made of.
For those of you coming out to the Smokies between September and October, here are the nearby corn maze attractions we can recommend for 2018.
"Kyker Farms welcomes you on an authentic farm adventure featuring corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patch and much more. Conveniently located 1.7 miles off TN Hwy 66/Winfield Dunn Pkwy in Sevierville, near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We are only 18.3 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains and just a short drive from Knoxville. Owned and operated by the Kyker family, who have been farming this land for 9 generations. Kyker Farms is a Tennessee Century Farm, with 209 years of continuous agricultural production." - website
"My husband, 5-year-old daughter and I went to Apple Valley Corn Maze this weekend and had a blast! They have both an "easy" and a "hard" maze that you can walk through. We did both! My daughter loved playing the "leader" but she needed help from Mom and Dad, especially for the hard maze! It was quite a challenge and took us about 45 minutes to complete. This place stays open until 10 or 11 pm during the Halloween season, and I think this maze would be super creepy at night! They also have a "haunted maze" option, which we did not do (only available after dark I would imagine). Anyway, we also went on a hayride around the property and saw some very pretty scenery. Our daughter loved the kid's mini maze as well. I think her favorite part was the petting zoo, which had goats, a llama, sheep, a camel and more. You can buy feed cups for $1.00 at the entrance. All in all, I thought this place was a good value and it kept our daughter entertained for quite a while. The thing that impressed me the most about the Apple Valley Corn Maze was their employees. I lost my iPhone while there, and couldn't find it anywhere. The hayride driver actually took the tractor around the property and looked for my phone, found it, and called us! I was so happy to have my phone back and thankful that the employees were so nice to actually take the time to look for it. Also, they were very friendly throughout our visit. The lady in the pumpkin store explained about each of the different kinds of pumpkins...they have some very unique ones for sale! Awesome cashew brittle too! I recommend this corn maze to anyone who wants to have some Fall Fun!" - TripAdvisor Review
- Huge corn maze.
- Various trails based on "difficulty".
- Petting zoo.
- Nearby to Applewood complex, including restaurant and shops.
"My family and I went on a Homeschool field trip 26 October 2017. In a word, AMAZING! Echo Valley Farms is more than an hour from our home, but we will be visiting every fall. The hayride, pumpkin patch and picnic/welcome facilities are great, but the best thing is all the playthings they have for the little ones! Swings, zip lines, climbing areas and petting zoo are awesome. They also had a slide which is probably about 3 stories tall made from corrugated pipes! The staff was so very welcoming. It was an amazing trip. Oh, and the pumpkin cannon... don’t forget the pumpkin cannon!" - Facebook Review
"We were traveling on way to Cades Cove when we saw the Pumpkin Patch and decided to stop and check it out! We are very happy we did! We had lots of fun from feeding the goats, to the Pumpkin Patch and the corn maze! We would highly recommend this for anybody! We worth the time!" - TripAdvisor Review
"Every October the farm which is home to [Robert's] art gallery comes to life with a buzz of activity during his annual “Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming.” The fields surrounding the gallery are filled with local arts and craftsmen whose works celebrate our Appalachian heritage. Visitors will find such things as basket making, blacksmithing, wood-turning, apple butter making, bee-keeping, corn grist milling, lye soap making, an antiques area along with antique tractors and engines. There will also be additional crafters with jewelry, garden iron work, pottery, soaps and lotions, children’s books and more." - website
"When the light has slipped from the sky and darkness envelopes the grounds, what is imagined becomes real; and reality is uncertain. It isn’t the fear of what lurks in the shadows, but what may skulk into the light. With each step that is taken, the weight of watchful eyes is all that drives you. Encounters with the undead, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, and deranged clowns are to be expected. Come celebrate fifteen years of TERROR at Fender’s Farm, where you’ll pay to get in and pray to get out!" - website
"We're loving on the Sevier County community again this Fall with the 4th Annual Love Loud Corn Maze! This year's maze is bigger than ever, so get ready! We even have a small hay maze for the tiny tykes! Popcorn, games, photo opportunities – everything's FREE! Hope you can come!
Save these dates and times:
October 1,2,3,5 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) - Opens at 5:30 pm, last guest may enter no later than 8:30 pm
October 6 (Saturday) - Opens at 2:00 pm, last guest may enter at 8:00 pm." - Website
- Free for the general public.
- Corn maze is small but perfect for the youngest family members to enjoy.
- Free snacks for visitors.
Additionally, other local areas around Sevier County such as churches, community centers and other fundraisers or entities may also be holding similar Halloween/Harvest Festival events that don't get as widely advertised as others. If you're stopping by this Autumn, keep a look out as you drive for banners or other events and take a look at community bulletin boards at Food City and other businesses for news.