by TJ AndersonThis prediction from Dwell magazine, from late last year, just made its way into my Facebook feed: “Step Aside, Subway Tile — Penny Tile Is the New Classic.” Penny tile,
Some Of The Coolest Corn Mazes Near Nashville For 2017
by TJ Anderson
Back in the day, the idea behind the corn maze wasn’t terribly complicated — a few acres of corn, some twists and turns and a fun fall day on the farm with the family.
These days, they’re a legitimate work of art. All around the country, GPS-directed tractors are churning up stalks to within-an-inch accuracy, creating winding, weaving, acreage-covering mazes anything from a detailed portrait of Albert Einstein to cuddly unicorns and narwhals.
Among the most expressive in the country: Lodi, Wisconsin’s Treinen Farm, whose 2017 Trilobite maze is pictured above.
Here in Middle Tennessee, we don’t have anything quite that intense — that I’ve been able to find, anyway — but we’re not without our cool and unusual corn mazes.
Most Nashville-area corn mazes and pumpkin patches start opening up for the season right about now, so I’ve gathered up a few of the 2017 corn mazes that’ll be fun for families to find their way through. If you’re not so much a child of the corn, the creativity that goes into making these corny portraits is fun to look at, at least, right?
4374 Rocky Glade Road
Eagleville, TN 37060
Someone had to do this this year, after our Nashville Predators’ massively impressive Stanley Cup finals run. The Preds-themed maze is extra fun, too, in that it includes a potential prize: Run the maze, find six hidden checkpoints inside, and you can enter to win an iPad Mini. The Lucky Ladd folks will pick a random winner in November. This year’s season kicks off September 20.
1765 Martins Chapel Church Road
Springfield, TN 37172
Each year for a while now, Honeysuckle Hill’s been going full Nashville for their corn maze — in years past, we’ve been able to walk through the faces of folks like country icon Johnny Cash and contemporary superstar Luke Bryan. For 2017, they’re going full Nashville — as in the TV series — by building a maze out of actor Charles Esten's likeness. You probably know him better as Deacon, and I definitely have a few Nashville friends who won’t mind getting lost in his eyes. The maze opens up beginning September 23.
3250 Wilkinson Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
The corn maze-as-massive-advertisement has become a fall tool of the trade, too, and I can’t hate the player or the game here — it’s a fun way for brands to spend ad dollars and the creative corn mazes they sponsor give families a fun day on the farm. Good 2017 example: Ford of Murfreesboro and Toyota of Murfreesboro ponied up to partner on the maze at Batey Farms, so you can wander through two big pickups carved into the corn. They’ll open up on September 29.
2857 Old Kentucky Rd
Sparta, TN 38583
Over in Sparta, Amazin’ Acres of Fun makes good on its name with three different mazes, including an intricate farm scene that you complete scavenger hunt-style. Another that I know my friends with little kids will like: this Curious George maze. Fitting with the curious theme, it’s interactive, with trivia questions that help guide you on the way toward the “Victory Bridge.” The farm’s Fall Farm Adventure season starts on September 24.
454 Highland Ridge Road
Estill Springs, TN 37330
Grandaddy’s Farm brings the state pride, letting us wander through the Tennessee Tristar while answering Tennessee trivia questions. For grown folks, there are night-time maze runs on Fridays and Saturdays, where you light your path with glow sticks. Opening Day for the fall season is September 16.
Hope these give you some direction for fall fun.
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TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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