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2016 Marks the 15th Season for 20-Acre Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Oct 26, 2016 06:11PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Vibrant colors and sights of fall are in full gear at Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. In addition to the orange-hued pumpkins and yellow-veined gourds of the Pumpkin Patch, evening visitors will find glowing cobwebs, ghouls and goblins in The Dark Rows section of the corn maze. A special Halloween-themed section of Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze returns for five final nights in October.

2016 marks the 15th season for Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, the popular family-owned agritourism venue in Dawson County, Georgia. Each fall season the 20-acre complex entertains an average of 35,000 individuals. The pattern of the maze changes each year, which has had themes from mountain moonshiners and auto racing to civil war history. This fall, the maze will incorporate a healthy living message from Northside Hospital into the living pathways of the giant cornstalks.

Uncle Shuck’s was voted as the “Favorite Corn Maze” in the 2015 GEORGIA Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2014, the maze was named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Corn Mazes for Families” by, an award-winning, national family travel blog. In 2013, the agritourism venue was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“We have a lot of fun working with our maze design to create an original pattern in the cornfield each year. We are proud to make this our family business, and see so many families across Georgia return and visit us each fall,” said owner/operator Mike Pinzl, who with his wife Roxanne opened Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in 2002. 

These serpentine paths connect in specific patterns to form a picture. From overhead, this year’s design depicts the state of Georgia and a stethoscope surrounding Northside Hospital branding, a community partner for the maze for the first time. Maze explorers can venture through two main trails that provide a total of four miles of walkways, or explore a special one-mile section called The Dark Rows. 

The theme for this year’s The Dark Rows attraction is “nightmares”. The nighttime adventure operates from dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29, as well as Sunday Oct. 30. The Dark Rows is closed on Oct. 31. The cost is $14 per person, with combo tickets available for $18-21 per person that include the regular maze trails, hayride and/or bonfire area. Proceeds from The Dark Rows benefit a local youth organization in Dawsonville, TKO Cheer.

The festival grounds are open for families to view pumpkins and take fall photos with our fall decorations. Pumpkins are priced separately and you only pay for what you want to take home. The popular Kiddie CORNer on the festival grounds offers free activities for young children and their families. Fee-based activities include the Bonfire area with marshmallows for roasting (weekends), festival food vendors (weekends), pony rides (weekends in October), face painting (weekends in October), corn cannon, and weekend hayrides. The tractor-drawn hayrides along the Etowah River feature a 60-passenger wagon with wood benches.

Admission to the corn maze is $11 for anyone five years old and older; maze admission is free for children four and under. The tractor-drawn hayrides are $5; Friday and Saturday evening rides include access to the bonfire area and marshmallows at no additional cost. The Cob Combo is a ticket for $14, which includes admission to the maze and a hayride. Cost for the Haunted Trail is $14 per person. All prices include tax. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Evening visits for church groups, school groups, and college date nights are growing in popularity.

Uncle Shuck's New 2016 Maze


Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53. For more information, visit the website -

Hours of Operation:

Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Haunted Trail (dusk to close) – Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30 

(final day is 20th)

Open Tues Nov. 1 through Sun Nov 6, 10am to 6pm

Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Content courtesy of Uncle Shuck's 2016 Press Release.  

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