There’s nothing quite so quintessentially fall as an old-fashioned corn maze. In Portland, we’re surrounded by opportunities to get lost in the cornstalks, with family-friendly farms in just about every direction. The festivities start mid-September and often run through October. Make a day of it with hayrides, donuts and cider, pumpkins, animals, and more. Read on for more on all the a-maize-ing local favorites.
photo: The Original Maize via yelp
Just 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Sauvie Island is a mainstay of fall festival lists. For 21 years, the Pumpkin Patch has been carving pathways into five acres of corn, and inviting the public to challenge themselves to solve the puzzle. You and your gang can wander through over two miles of pathways, and don’t worry: you can pick up a “passport” with clues to help if you get lost. Hang out for refreshments at the Patio Cafe, then hop on a free hayride to pick out a pumpkin in the fields.
Insider tip: Bring boots and raingear if the weather is wet! Things can get muddy.
16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Sept: open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct: open Sun-Thurs. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/children (6-12) & seniors; free for children under 5
photo courtesy Bushue Farm
If you’ve got younger corn maze enthusiasts in your midst, head east to this perennial favorite for parents of very young children. You can wander the corn trail for free, and it’s a much simpler, shorter version for those with short attention spans (and their exhausted parents.) Did we mention they have some of the best fresh donuts around? Pair them with a cup of hot coffee while you let your toddlers loose at Lil’ Punkin’s Playground (in a covered area in case of rain). Take a ride on the adorable pig train, pet the goats, pick a pumpkin, and let your bigger kids test out the Hayslide Adventure park, or make a craft in the Dirt Babies activity area.
9880 SE Revenue Rd.
Sep 28- Oct 31, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.
Corn trail and farm animals: Free; Hayrides: $3; Hayslides Adventure Park: $3; Lil’ Punkins’ Playground: $2
For more advanced puzzlers, try your luck in this 6.5-acre maze– the only corn maze within Portland city limits, on a 3rd-generation farm that has been growing fresh produce since 1919. After the maze, plan to stay all day for plenty of fall fun. The hay bale maze is a great choice for younger children, and you can hop on the hay ride to tour the farm. Pet the goats and zip down the bouncy slide before picking up some fresh goodies at the farm store.
8433 NE 13th Ave.
Open Mon.-Fri. from 4p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.& Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wristbands start at $10 (age 2 & up); other activities priced per each
photo: Bella Organic via yelp
Just south of Portland, this farm is jam-packed with fall activities, including their 6-acre corn maze. Choose from classics like bounce houses, cow-roping, giant slides, and hay rides before picking out your pumpkin and munching fresh apple cider donuts. For more walking without the puzzle of a maze, check out the nature trail!
14601 Arndt Rd.
Weekends starting Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Wristbands $15. ; or $3 for each activity; $5 for corn maze.
This Sauvie Island favorite takes a creative approach to their annual corn maze, with a changing theme that often includes giant letters carved into the corn. Impressive! This year’s theme is Equality, dedicated to the US National Women’s Soccer Team’s FIFA World Cup win, with 2.7 miles of twists and turns within a 7-acre design. (Psst: Make sure to choose the best maze option for your group. There’s a second Haunted Maze on Fridays and Saturdays in October, not recommended for small children.) Food and beer vendors, along with classic fall activities like hayrides and pumpkins, make this a standout choice for local fun.
Insider tip: All activities and outdoor vendors are cash only. Bring your flashlight to walk the maze after dark!
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
October hours: Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat./Sun until 10 p.m.)
$8/adults (13 & up); $6/ seniors & children (6-12); free for 5 & under
photo: The Pumpkin Patch via yelp
For a full day across the river, head to the seven-acre corn maze at Vancouver’s Bi-Zi Farms. It’s even open after dark on Fridays and Saturday nights for puzzle-solving by flashlight. Admission to the Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival gets you access to the maze, hay pyramid, petting zoo, live music, apple-cider sampling, and a free pumpkin!
9504 NE 119th St.
$12/3 & up; $10/seniors; free for 2 & under
Fri. 2– 5:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
This energetic fall festival features a 3-acre corn maze, and that’s just the beginning. Enjoy hayrides, a giant slide, bouncy houses, farm animal visits, and even pony rides on the weekend. Plus, take your pick from over 27 varieties of pumpkins. Sample fresh apple cider and donuts, kettle corn, and treats from the bakery.
21975 SW 65th Ave.
Sept. 21- Oct. 31. Open Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
General admission (ages 3 and up) $5 weekdays, $10 weekends; Wristband $20 weekends, $15 weekdays.
If you’re up for a drive, Packer Orchards in the Hood River Valley boasts a wonderful corn maze, a kids-only corn maze, hay tower, and unlimited hayrides on the weekends. Check the calendar for flashlight-maze events as the days get shorter and Halloween approaches. After the maze, try your hand at pumpkin bowling before you pick one out to take home. And don’t forget to sample an array of fall treats, from apple pies and ice cream at the bakery, to jams and cookies in the sales barn.
3020 Thomsen Rd
Hood River, OR
Sept 14 – Oct 29, Open daily 10 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Tues. and Halloween)
Mon, Wed., and Thurs – $4.95/person; Fri-Sun – $6.95/person