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USA: Southeast, Best Corn Mazes and Fall Festivals for Family fun. From North and South Carolina to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana great weekend activities abound. Disconnect for a day and make time with your family - the laundry can wait.
Each corn maze location provides uniquely themed entertainment and the festivals provide opportunities to share time with your kids. See what it takes to be the best.
North Carolina: Hubb’s Corn Maze.
(mid-September to mid-November) This rural location offers families choices with four mazes – a petit version for tykes, an easy game maze for beginners and two longer mazes for the very best of challenges. Within the complex kids will enjoy navigating a mini hay bale maze, hayrides, pony rides, laser tag, riding the barrel train, bouncing on a jump pillow, playing in a huge sand box, hiding in the tire jungle, and steer roping. Bonus points:
Hubb's has a Corny Cannon to try for fun and prizes. Wait for it!
For those looking for a fright, the Haunted Trail through the woods and separate sorghum field will be open in October. (10444 US Hwy 421 North, Clinton, NC 28328. (910) 564-6709 or hubbscornmaze.com
Tennessee: Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
(mid September - October). The splendid colors of fall in the mountains are the stage for this easy-paced celebration of autumn. This time of year is when the weather's perfect and the activities are endless. Shopping is at its best with pre-season sales and bargains. The Rotary Club Crafts Festival features dozens of talented artists so stroll through craft shows and sidewalk sales or stop by to see the displays set up all over town, where local business owners have pitched in to create unique fall displays. Best part:
Cades Cove has harvest hayrides, really perfect for families. Bonus points:
Dollywood Harvest Celebration & Southern Gospel Jubilee™ is part of the festival. (800-251-9100 or (865) 429-7350 or www.smokymountainharvestfestival.com
Tennessee: Sevierville, Kyker Farms Corn Maze and Fall Celebration
(late September - October). Located on a generations old family farm nestled between the beautiful French Broad River & the Great Smoky Mountains, the traditional five-acre corn maze is at the heart of the celebrating and it is framed by plenty of extra activities including a straw crawl, tater tot maze, and meadow maze. Pick pumpkins from a “real” growing pumpkin patch; enjoy a hay ride. Best part:
Stay late for the nightly bonfire. Bonus points:
The owners are the ones working the maze activities each day and take pride in sharing their farm as well as farming knowledge to "city folk". The grandson actually designs the mazes and cuts them out without GPS. It is truly amazing. (Kyker Farms Corn Maze, 938 Alder Branch Rd, Sevierville TN 37876. (865) 679-4848 or www.kykerfarmscornmaze.com
Georgia: Stone Mountain, Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
(mid October). Enjoy all-American fun for the whole family in Georgia’s “country music capital” Hiawassee. The opening day of the festival features a flower festival with subsequent days of craft displays, exhibits, and rides for the children. Every night the air will be replete with country and gospel music and the sounds of cloggers dancing will keep everyone’s feet a-tapping. Best part:
At the same time it is also possible to attend the Georgia’s Offical State Fiddler’s Convention. (Mountain music Festival 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. (706) 896-4191 or www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
Georgia: Atlanta, Annual Tour of Southern Ghosts
(mid - late October). Listen closely to the grand tradition of storytelling at Stone Mountain. Visitors are invited to join six professional storytellers, in 19th century costumes, spinning their tales of famous (and not-so-famous) Southern ghosts along candle-and lantern-lit paths on the Antebellum Plantation grounds at Stone Mountain Park. The Tour of Southern Ghosts is a storytelling festival celebrating the spirit, folklore and merriment of the Halloween season. Relive the romance, horror and humor of the 18th century during the 45-minute, family-oriented tours. Best part:
The stories are not too scary for young children. (Stone Mountain Park. (770) 469-1105 www.stonemountainpark.com
South Carolina: Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen's Harvest Home Weekend Festival.
(mid October) Two day festival now in its eighth year, Brookgreen's Harvest Home Weekend Festival tops the fall season with entertainment and activities the whole family will enjoy. It includes a scarecrow building contest, and pumpkin painting. Best part:
Be prepared to laugh and enjoy the live entertainment. (1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet. 1-800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org
North Carolina: Blowing Rock, Ghost Train Halloween Festival
(late September - early November) One of the most rewarding activities in the Boone area is a ride on the western-themed steam train operated by Tweetie Railroad. Long before it became a tourist activity it was a working railway connecting North Carolina’s High Country with the world. Today visitors have the chance to ride behind engine #12 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bonus points:
Each October the railway adds safe, scary fun to the ride, making the day adventure even more fun for the whole family. In addition to an awesome train ride plan to visit the haunted house, 3-D Maze and Black Hole. Best part:
Kids will especially enjoy the trick-or-treating and Halloween shows. (Tweetsie Railroad is located on US 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, 28605. (828) 264-9061 or www.tweetsie.com
Alabama: Springville, Homestead Hollow Harvest Festival
The Homestead Hollow Harvest Festival will showcase unique, one-of-a-kind hand-made crafts, pioneer demonstrations of the old time days (such as wood carving, ironwork, blacksmithing, smoke-house cooking, gardening, quilting, whiskey making at an original working still), and tours of historic cabins built by early settlers. Children’s activities will include: pony rides, wagon rides, moon walk, and rock climbing. Best part:
The animal encounters at the petting zoo are simply the best. Bonus points
: The Homestead Hollow General Store is open and has home-made fried pies. (Homestead Hollow, Springville 35146. (205) 467-2002, (205) 467-3681 or www.homesteadhollow.com
Louisiana: Denham Springs, Antique Village Fall Festival
(early October). Families are invited to stroll down Range Avenue in Historic Downtown Denham Springs and enjoy food, antiques, music, crafts arts, family entertainment and more. Attractions include the opportunity to see a blacksmith perform his art and the Odyssey Dancer do a youth dance tribute to popular Disney tunes. Best part:
Musical performances will include a local jazz combo and local gospel singers on stage at the Train Depot. (228 N. Ranger Avenue, Denham Springs 70726. www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com
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Information compiled from our extensive database as of July 2013. Top image courtesy of Hubbs Corn Field. Sometimes things change, so please confirm details before making plans.Copyright 2013.