- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2002

Maze fans who want to combine puzzle-solving with pumpkin-picking, hayrides and other traditional autumn activity have plenty of locations to choose from this year. Fortunately for them, the drought hasn't affected many of the corn mazes that open for business in the fall.

After all, as one farmer put it, "All you care about are the stalks when you build a maze. You don't have to worry about the quality of the corn itself."

Here is a list of some of the mazes in the area:

• Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center, 100 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, Md. Phone: 410/923-7600. Web: www.horizonorganicfarm.com. Open: through Oct. 27. Hours: Fridays, 2 p.m. until dark; Saturdays and Sundays, noon until dark. Admission: Ages 13 and older, $8; ages 3-12, $5.

Maze-solvers get an added treat when they visit Horizon Organic Farm. Because it's located on the site of the old U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm, it's still the home of Navy mascot Bill the Goat. Visitors can see him up close (when he's not being called away to attend Navy football games).

• Lawyer's Moonlight Maze, 13001 Creagerstown Road, Thurmont, Md. Phone: 301/748-7646. Web: www.cornmazes.com. Open: Fridays and Saturdays through end of October. Hours: dusk to 10 p.m. At 17 acres, this is one of the largest corn mazes in the mid-Atlantic area and one of the few to hold "moonlight maze" hours.

The farm is located just a few miles from Camp David, and farm owner Kristen Lawyer chose the U.S. Capitol building and the words "One Nation Under God" to build into the maze, hoping to give encouragement to the president and his staff when they fly over. Last year, the maze had a drawing of the Statue of Liberty, and Ms. Lawyer says military aircraft would "purposely fly and bank over the field" once they spotted the pattern.

• Crumland Farm, 7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Md. Phone: 301/845-8099. Open: through end of October. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 7 p.m. Admission: High school age and older, $7; junior high school age and younger, $5.

• Summers Farm, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Md. Phone: 301/620-9316. Web: www.summersfarm.com. Open: Saturdays and Sundays in October. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission: $4. Pony rides, straw maze, pumpkin patch also available.

• Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, Md. Phone: 301/854-6275. Web: www.sharpfarm.com. Open: Weekends Sept. 21 through Oct. 31. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 11 and younger.

Groups can tour the farm seven days a week Sept. 16 through Nov. 22 if they make reservations first. The farm also has educational walks, pick-your-own popcorn and pumpkins, beehives to observe and hayrides.

• Triadelphia Lake View Farm, 15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg, Md. Phone: 410/489-4460. Open: weekends in October. (Groups can come during the week if they call ahead first.) Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $4. The farm has hayrides, a straw bale maze and pick-your-own pumpkins.

• Phillips Farm, 13710 Schaeffer Road, Germantown, Md. Phone: 301/540-2364. Web: www.phillipsfarmproduce.com. Open: daily starting Oct. 1. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until dark; weekends, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: $1. Owner Jean Phillips says her two-acre maze is "not complicated, more for the little folks," but the farm is worth visiting for the produce. The farm has been in the family for five generations.

• Hill High Farm, 933 Barley Lane, Winchester, Va. Phone: 540/667-7377. Web: www.thepumpkin-patch.com. Open: Every day except Monday starting Sept. 21. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 7 and younger. Hill High has been recognized as a Virginia "Century Farm," meaning it has been in the same family for more than 100 years. Maze fans can see the fall leaf colors on Skyline Drive as they drive to Hill High.

• Luray Caverns, 970 U.S. Route 211 West, Luray, Va. Phone: 540/743-6551. Web: www.luraycaverns.com. Open: daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for children and students. The caverns feature a one-acre ornamental garden maze with 8-foot-high trees, a misting fog to provide cooling and special effects, and 40 decision points.

• Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, 15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg, Va. Phone: 703/779-9372. Web: www.nvrpa.org/maizeinfo.html. Open: through Oct. 27. Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11.

The 9-acre maze has two bridges. Younger children might prefer the smaller hay-bale maze and a hay-bale "mountain."

• Belvedere Plantation, 1601 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. Phone: 540/371-8494. Web: www.belvedereplantation.com. Open: through first weekend in November. Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12.

"Bungle in the Jungle," one of the largest and most impressive mazes on the East Coast, covers 15 acres and has four bridges. It features a distinct "inside-out" design where solvers start and finish the puzzle in a courtyard in the middle of the maze. The maze also features sound and an interactive clue-gathering game where solvers must find clues scattered throughout the layout to help find "Professor Lostalot."

• JAPAL LLC, 5225 Catlett Road, Midland, Va. Phone: 540/439-4806. Web: www.cows-n-corn.com. Open: through Oct. 31. Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to dusk; Sunday, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; weekdays, by group appointment only. Admission: $6 for everyone older than 3. This farm, owned by Jeff and Patty Leonard, features tours, hayrides and "cow croquet."

• Maple Lawn Farms, 251 E. Maple Lawn Road, New Park, Pa. Phone: 866/935-6738. Web: www.cornmaze.com. Open: weekends through Nov. 3. Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 7 p.m. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12.

Calling itself "the world's only multi-maze theme park," Maple Lawn Farms has a 10-acre corn maze and six other mazes, all made of different materials.

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