Ozark Corn Maze

Jill M. Rohrbach
jillsjourneys@gmail.com
 

Opening today (Sept. 16), the Ozark Corn Maze is 10,000 feet of foot path containing loops, dead ends, and multiple choice intersections within 5.5 acres of corn stalks. Although it is again a Razorback theme, the design has changed significantly from last year. Kate Wallis says the maze is more difficult, but does still have an early exit option. Maps are provided for those that want them. After dark, flashlights will be provided.

The attraction first opened last year. Because of numerous requests from maze-goers, the owners added a Haunted Maze this year. The haunted maze is about two acres. Wallis says “It almost looks like neurons and synapses on paper.” There are four major fright areas and only one way out of each of them. “I think it’s going to be very unique,” she says.
 

Other attractions at the maze include a cow train, corn cannons, a pumpkin patch, and concessions. The Cow Train was built by hand and is pulled by a 1939 Ford Tractor. Named “Buckin’ Betsy,” it consists of about 12 individual cars that look like cows and move up and down as they are pulled around the farm. Using compressed air, the Corn Cannon can shoot corn cobs 300 feet into the air. You can aim at two large wooden panels with painted circular targets set at different distances in a field.

A petting zoo contains goats and lambs. New this year is an approximately 30-foot climbing tower for the goats.

The corn maze costs $7 per person with ages 2 and under free. There is a group rate for 10 or more of $5 per person. A ride on the cow train is $2 per person. Shooting the corn cannons is $1. The petting zoo is free. The pick your own pumpkins vary in price by weight, although the miniature pumpkins are $1. The haunted maze is $10 per person. When you purchase a ticket for the haunted maze you get to do the regular maze too. 
 

Wallis says there is no age limit restriction for going through the haunted maze. “We would leave that to the parent’s common sense and judgment,” she says. However, Wallis suggests it is appropriate for ages 8 and up. “It involves the element of surprise versus blood and gore,” she explains.

Wallis adds “The big maze is enough of a challenge at night with the flashlights that younger kids could still do that and have fun with it.”
 
Ozark Corn Maze is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The haunted maze is open from dark (6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.) to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October. It is open by appointment for groups and organizations.
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