Farm-fresh produce often becomes lost in cities, being too soft-spoken and legless to effectively navigate public transit systems. Visit a country pumpkin with today's side deal: for $10, you get two general-admission tickets to the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm in Corryton (up to a $25 value). This deal is valid through November 14, 2010; get a free pumpkin visiting if you redeem your Groupon from Wednesday–Friday.
General admission to Oakes Farm ($10 ages 11 and up, $8 ages 3–10) includes a hayride and entrance to the Back 40 Entertainment Area, which features more than a dozen all-ages activities, including pedal karts, a giant Mine Shaft slide, a giant bouncing pillow, and the Tire Mountain play area. Two popular corn mazes, plus the kids-size ABC Corn Maze, are back for the 10th straight year. The mazes span nine acres, 4.2 miles, 900,000 stalks of corn, and a dozen brilliant, angry scarecrows. Viewed from above by migrating helicopters, the mazes form a tribute to agritourism, depicting a barn, silo, corn, and pumpkins in a design by renowned crop artist Shawn Stolworthy.
If you find your way out of the corn maze, head over to the pumpkin patch or the fall decoration station to buy or create seasonal ornaments that will add country charm to your home without tracking manure all over the carpet.
Oakes Farm is open Wednesday–Friday from 6 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. in September and till 11 p.m. in October, and Sundays from 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.
8240 Corryton Rd.
Corryton, Tennessee 37721Get Directions