Ready to get lost in a labyrinth, puzzled by passageways, and amazed by a maze that’s made from maize? Or maybe you’re a fan of Greek mythology and have always fancied to test your wits in a battle against Medusa’s stone cold gaze?
Our alliteration rhymes are CORNy; this we know (hehe). But Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze in Dawsonville, Georgia, just might be the place you want to go.
This year’s maze features a face-off with Medusa. A favorite from Greek mythology, the Gorgon monster brandished snakes for hair, charmed men with her beautiful visage, and could turn mortals to stone with a mere glance if they dared to turn their gaze upon her eyes. We couldn’t wait.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze – Arrival at the Farm
Upon first stepping out of our car, we were immediately greeted by a row of sunflowers adorning the edge of the parking lot and marking the entrance to the farm. Although some of these flowers
had already begun to wilt were a bit camera shy, we found a couple of eager, extroverted attention-seekers who didn’t mind having their photo taken with Dragon.
After waving goodbye to our new Sunflower friends, we crossed through the cute entrance gate and proceeded further along towards the little red barn on the left to purchase tickets. Adventurer’s Tip: If you arrive during the day, there’s not much of a line, and it takes less than five minutes to pick-up all your passes. Queuing up after the sun has set will deposit you smack dab in the middle of a horde of
zombies anxious humans trying to push their way to the front of an endless line extending all the way outside the gates.
Kiddos four and under play for free at Uncle Shuck’s. They don’t have a policy about dragons, but we promised not to set fire to any corn, so no one seemed to mind that we brought one in. We bought the Stalk combo pass for access to both the Corn Maze and Haunted Trail for sixteen dollars. Then we headed off to the entrance where a Selfie sign enticed us to pause for a quick photo session.
Before entering the corn maze, it’s important to first stop to take a selfie. Studies have shown that people who take selfies are 212 times less likely to turn to stone when confronted by Medusa’s gaze because they are too self-absorbed and preoccupied with looking at their own reflection in their phones to ever bother looking Medusa straight in the eyes. Studies have also shown that there is a 97 percent chance that every claim I just made in the previous statement is false. Carry on, friends. Carry on.
When you first enter the maze, you’ll find yourself standing in a large atrium-like open space containing a map of the entire labyrinth as well as three separate entrances to specific segments of the maze. Think Cornception, guys. It’s a maze within a maze. And it’s easy to get lost inside. You can explore these sections in any order you like. We chose to traverse the Maze of Knowledge first.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze of Knowledge
The Maze of Knowledge occupies the smallest corner of space in the corn maze, and navigating its few passageways requires hardly any skill. Instead, the focus of the mini-maze centers on education via simple paths aligned with information signs.
Uncle Shuck’s calls these little tidbits of info “Fun Facts,” and every corner we rounded beckoned us to read another piece of corny (heh) trivia.
Most facts appear to target younger readers. They share common knowledge or simple truths easily understood by all. Others engage readers with more advanced reflection– Did you know corn can be used to produce ethanol which can, in turn, be used to make gasoline to power our cars?
Dragon liked the maize sign best, though. Because it’s a well documented fact (a fun fact?) that dragons are witty fellas who adore alliteration. And what other sign would better offer the opportunity to proudly profess that you’re amazed by a maze made of maize, eh? It’s fun to say, guys– try it; I’ll wait. :p
Maze Checkpoints – Can You Find Them All?
Traversing the entire Maze of Knowledge takes a mere five minutes and upon its conclusion deposits you right back inside the open space where you first started. From there, the only two maze entrances that remain feature hunting for checkpoints– there’s an entrance for Checkpoints 1-6 and an entrance for Checkpoints 6-12.
This picture serves no other purpose than to show you that I’m a bit of a weirdo. And that the maze is that way.
Some of the checkpoint stations are marked by a podium. Dragon used this one to catch his breath and rest his tiny feet. Running from the snakes in Medusa’s hair is hard work for a Dragon.
Other stations stand completely erect as signs mounted on poles. Every station includes a hole punch–Every time you find a new checkpoint, you stamp the corresponding number on your playing card. The goal is to find them all, and each station features a different shaped stamp–heart, star, moon, square–so that players cannot cheat by simply using a single hole punch to stamp all the numbers on their card at once.
The Corn Maze Bridge
Somewhere in the center (or maybe it was along the edge?) lies a small bridge that adventurers can climb to rise above the corn and get an overhead view of the labyrinth.
I was hoping to get an aerial shot of Medusa’s head, but unfortunately the bridge wasn’t elevated high enough to see much more than a row or two. So instead I settled for taking this shot and falling on my face moments afterwards. Fair trade. The sun also set within minutes after taking this photo, so capturing more magical moments on film soon proved futile, but I assure you there were many more instances of slipping on hidden mud pits cloaked by darkness and embarrassing myself sans camera before the night concluded.
Navigating the maze after sunset proved to be a completely different experience than exploring its passageways by daytime. Checkpoints are fairly easy to find by following the postcard map provided. With sunlight we found the first five in less than ten minutes. But without the sun to guide us, our world quickly turned to blackness and our map soon became obsolete. We hadn’t thought to bring a flashlight, so we pulled out our phones and tried to find our way by the small amount of light they could provide. It wasn’t enough. We couldn’t see our hands in front of our faces. We couldn’t determine where paths of corn ended and mud began. We gave up on trying to use the map to find checkpoints and soon gave up on trying to find checkpoints altogether. We could have walked passed them and not even noticed in the dark. So our mission of conquering the maze was abandoned in favor of adopting a new mission– find our way out of the cornfield before the farm closed. Medusa laughed at us, and we trudged along, walking in circles. We were lost, and we loved it. Thirty more minutes elapsed before we emerged from the cage of corn and stepped out into the open field leading back to our cars. We’d escaped unscathed, but Medusa still lived. A battle for another day, perhaps?
EXPERIENCE THIS ADVENTURE: Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze is open during the fall season and features a new design every year. For current hours and rates please visit their website below:
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Farm website
4520 Highway 53 E
Dawsonville, GA 30534
or (770) 772-6223