Corn maze opens

Published 9:34 am Thursday, September 22, 2016

Davie County’s only corn maze opened last week, and for the owners, Jason and Misty Green, creating an atmosphere of old-fashioned fun has been a family affair.

Jason and Misty have done most of the work, and their children, Peyton (Turtle) and Kirby, have tried out all the extra features geared toward children.

Greenhill Family Farms, off Greenhill Road just over a mile from US 64 West near Mocksville, offers a five-acre corn maze, and with a nod to the Green’s county pride, the center of the maze features a war eagle and the letters DC. The Greens hired a professional maze designer from Pennsylvania who cut in the features of the design the Greens created using a zero-turn mower and computer.

The maze is entered through an old painted red door, and along the route are checkpoints that are tucked away but not hidden. Visitors get a card and match up the lines of the card to those on the checkpoint, and then answer a question. If all 12 questions are answered correctly, the card will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize at the end of the season, said Misty.

The Greens got the idea for the corn maze after visiting one last year in another town. Realizing Davie had nothing like it, they set to work planning and creating each feature.

An old grain bin became the ticket and concession area, some PVC pipe, a crank water faucet and a tub were fashioned into a rubber duck race, a roping horse was made from an old hand-hewn log and a barrel (Jason is a retired calf-roper), and some barrels were made into a train.

There is an area for photographs, complete with potted mums and a settee, and children can romp around in a container holding 100 bushels of shelled corn, bounce in one of three bounce houses, or play king-on-the-mountain on a small mountain of straw bales. There’s even a tiny maze made from straw bales for the littlest visitors. And the whole place is completely fenced in, so no worries about little ones running into the road.

Concessions will range from snow cones and popcorn to candy apples and more. Misty said on Saturdays, non-profit groups will set up concessions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the non-profit. While a few groups have signed up to do that, Misty said if anyone is interested in setting up, they have dates available. They are also looking for vendors and crafters and would like to feature a sponsor’s logo in the center of the maze next year if anyone is interested.

For some folks, images of corn may conjure up images from a Steven King movie, but Misty said they wanted to keep the maze family-friendly, so you won’t find any chainsaw-wielding zombies or fake eyeballs. They may offer something special at Halloween, but except for that, there will be nothing scary happening in the maze. At night, visitors will need flashlights and can take their own or buy one there.

There is no tower with a person to watch to make sure no one gets lost, but Misty said anyone worried about that can take in their cell phone and call her from the maze and someone will go and walk them out.

“I’ve been through it a lot of times, and I tend to get lost in the eagle, but it’s really not that easy to get lost,” Misty said.

The Greens do have a few rules.

There is no smoking, and they want visitors in the maze to stay on the paths, for their own safety and to protect the corn stalks. No pets except service animals are allowed, and they recommend closed-toe shoes in the maze.

General admission is $9 with children 3 and under free. A hand-stamp allows unlimited maze visits. There is an additional charge for the bounce houses. Debit and credit cards are accepted.

The farm is open Fridays 5-10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Small groups will be taken during the week by appointment only but concessions and bounce houses will not operate during the week.

Misty said mums will be sold at the farm, and once the maze closes, around the first week in November, the corn will also be sold.

Information can be found at or on Facebook, Greenhill Family Farms.