A-Maze-ing Autumn in Ohio

One of the newest additions to the autumn scene in Ohio is the corn maze.   Farmers have found a new method to make money by letting visitors get lost in their corn fields.

 Some of them are real works of art when seen from the sky, say in an airplane or helicopter.  But on the ground it just seems like a puzzling set of lanes cut through a few acres of corn.  Some of the lanes end in a dead-end while others take you through a winding course that eventually ends up on the edge of the field.  It’s a lot of fun for youngsters and adults on a crisp fall day.

 Mazes have been spreading across the countryside since the first ones appeared in Ohio in the 1990’s.  And they aren’t just made of corn.  There are mazes made of bales of hay and straw.  Some parks offer year-round mazes made of shrubs.  But by far the most popular are the cornstalks.  Farmers set aside a couple acres of their corn crop, then lay-out a maze design and they are ready for business.  When Halloween is over, they can still harvest the corn in the field so they make money twice from that field.

 There are many wonderful and unique corn mazes in the state.  Just check your local tourist and convention center.

 Here are a couple of my favorites:

 The Lorain County Metro Parks, Carlisle Reservation offers both hayrides and a corn maze on weekends through Halloween.  You can learn more by visiting their website at www.loraincountymetroparks.com

 One of the biggest farm mazes is Derthicks Farm in Mantua, Ohio.  They offer six different mazes with over five miles of trails.  You can visit their website at www.derthickscornmaze.com

 Also be sure to check out local orchards.  Many of them also offer hayrides and mazes during the autumn season.

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3 Responses to A-Maze-ing Autumn in Ohio

  1. marla-Jo says:

    Hi Neil,
    I am a friend and helper of The Discovery Den inside Maple Ridge Nursery & Garden Ctr in Concord Ohio. My task is to bring business back to the store after years of tough competion and miss management. One day while talking to Craig the owner, he had mentioned that the store had been on One Tank Trips twice and received great response from the show. Growing up watching and being a fan of your show I couldn’t see them all. I never did see the discovery den’s episodes. I do know that you do or did some flash back shows and wondered if TV8 still does them and how to be one of the lucky ones featured? During these desperate times in business this has to be the most creative thing I could come up with to promote this fun business.

    Thanks again for your time and I hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached via email or cell pnone @

  2. Neil says:

    I am no longer associatted with Fox 8 TV, retiring from there in 2004. I do not believe they do “flashbacks” on the One Tank Trip series. I am sorry I cannot help you.

    Neil Zurcher

  3. KAT Olsson Nelson says:

    Hi Neil and Bonnie: Gosh, this makes me so nostalgic for Ohio, particularly in the every glorious fall season there. Your story covering the Ohio vintners is wonderful. I recall the scent of grapes growing in Westlake when I lived there, and the history of the Dover Winery back in the 60s. As a resident of Northern California for the past 30 years, I am happy to live in the part of this state where I am reminded of Ohio with all the wineries here, particularly the wonderful ones in Sonoma, Napa and Humboldt counties.
    I can imagine the scent of those concord and tiny deep purple grapes that Ohio grows in such luscious abundance for wines. Thanks for such a delightful tour and a stroll down memory lane. KAT

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