Local corn maze opens for the season


File Photo Locals roam through the field of stalks at the Buford Corn Maze last year.

If you go

• What: Buford Corn Maze

• When: Saturday through Nov. 4, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays, 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays

• Where: Buford Corn Maze, 4470 Bennett Road, Buford

• Cost: $12, children 3 and under are free

• For more information: Visit bufordcornmaze.com

BUFORD -- Thanks to Hurricane Isaac, summer is slowly letting up on the heat and is attempting to transition into autumn. What better way to get in the spirit of the crisp, cool air than with an old fashioned corn maze?

On Saturday, the Buford Corn Maze opens its gate for a season full of fall festivities, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, an animal viewing area and -- of course -- a 5-acre corn field transformed into a maze.

"We planted the corn July 5," said Tina Beggs, who is one of the four owners. "People were wondering if we were even going to have a maze. They would drove by and say they didn't see anything planted, but this is by far the best corn crop we've ever had. I don't think you can see our tents next to building (while in the maze)."

There is no theme to the maze -- just many roundabouts, paths and checkpoints. For experienced problem solvers, the entire journey should take a little under an hour, according to Beggs.

"This is by far the most challenging maze so far because it has several roundabouts," she said. "Each year we have a game to play along with finding the checkpoints, so the whole thing will take about 45 minutes. The main path is a mile and three-tenths and the entire maze is close to three and a half miles of complete paths."

If you're worried about getting lost for hours, fret not. There are two towers that oversee the entire operation for the sole purpose of helping people out of the corn stalks.

On weekends when the crowds are in high numbers, there are "corn stalkers," employees wandering through the maze helping people maneuver through the confusion.

For those who want a little fright in their life, the Buford Corn Maze opens its Haunted Forest on Sept. 20, which is "bigger and better" than last year, Beggs said. The walk through attraction lasts for approximately 20 minutes. Children under the age of 8 are not recommended into the forest unless accompanied by a guardian.

The maze and other attractions are open to the public through Nov. 4.