Autumn brings a lot of fun activities to Hendricks County, Indiana, every year, and mazes play a large role in how families can spend their weekends in September and October. 

We are fortunate in Hendricks County to have three major mazes -- two of them in corn fields and one in a prairie -- to explore, and they're all parts of larger fall celebrations and activities!

Let's take a look.

McCloud Prairie Maze The 2023 McCloud Prairie Maze: a squirrel!

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation welcomes families to enjoy a stroll through the 52-acre prairie at McCloud Nature Park outside of North Salem while navigating the McCloud Prairie Maze that was designed and constructed by staff members. This year, celebrate one of the cutest and most interesting members of the rodent family: the squirrel!

There are three main types of squirrels: ground, tree, and flying squirrels. The most common type that most of us are familiar with is the tree squirrel. Here in Indiana, tree squirrels include the grey squirrel, the red squirrel and one of the most common types spotted in McCloud Nature Park, the fox squirrel.

Be sure to dress for the weather, wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and bring some water. Bring the kits, too, as this maze is appropriate for all ages! (And that is not a typo. Young squirrels are called kits!)

McCloud Nature Park and its Prairie Maze open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission to both is absolutely free. You can find maps to the maze inside kiosks located at the front of the Nature Center and at the entrance to the maze.

(Insider tip: If you only have one fall weekend free, I recommend checking out the McCloud Prairie Maze on Saturday, Oct. 21 during the Fall Colors Festival. The autumn foliage at McCloud is spectacular, and the Fall Colors Festival provides a ton of fun for the whole family. The Prairie Maze will host a scavenger hunt during the Fall Colors Festival, so you'll have the opportunity to scour every corner of the maze! For more information about the Fall Colors Festival, click here.)

  • OPEN:  Now through Oct. 31, 2023
  • HOURS:  Dawn to dusk daily
  • COST:  FREE! Leashed pets welcome.
  • WEBSITE:  Click here

Beasley's Orchard Corn Maze at Beasley's Orchard

Beasley's Orchard in Danville is a fun, educational and entertaining place to visit any time of year, but particularly during autumn months when their corn maze is open and their fall activities are in full swing.

Every year, they host a variety of events from mid-September through October. This year's slate of activities:

  • Hometown Heroes: Sept. 23-24
  • 38th Annual Heartland Apple Festival: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 & Oct. 7-8
  • Dog Daze at the Maze: Oct. 14-15
  • Halloweekend: Oct. 21-22 & Oct. 28-29

The 2023 theme of this 8-acre maze has not yet been announced, but historically, the mazes at Beasley's take most people about an hour to navigate. Rubber boots are recommended, especially if it has rained recently.

In addition to the corn maze, enjoy a hayride, shoot apples from a cannon and play in the Barnyard Bonanza area. For an additional fee, you can even pick your own apples and/or pumpkins.

  • OPEN:  Mid-September through Oct. 31, 2023
  • HOURS:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays; 1 to 6 p.m. on weekdays
  • COST:  Not yet announced
  • WEBSITE:  Click here

Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn MazeEnjoy pumpkins and a corn maze among other activities at Hogan Farms in Brownsburg

Up in Brownsburg, Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze offers a huge corn maze annually.

The folks at Hogan Farms have yet to release their 2023 maze design, but they have a long history of creating really cool corn mazes..

Their pumpkin patch will be open as you prepare for Halloween, and Hogan Farms is hosting a farmers' market every weekend with several different vendors. They also offer hay rides and a Kids' Zone for additional fees.

  • OPEN:  Late September through October, 2023
  • HOURS:  2 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays through Sundays
  • COST:  Not yet announced
  • WEBSITE:  Click here
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Tips For Maze Adventures Corn Maze at Beasley's Orchard

I work for Hendricks County Parks & Recreation, and every year, our park naturalists help patch up bare feet that were poked by cut and dried plant stalks in the McCloud Prairie Maze. We have found abandoned high heels stuck in the mud within the maze, and I'm a dad whose kids have complained of thirst, heat and/or cold in the middle of a maze.

So allow me to provide these tips as you prepare to tackle the mazes of Hendricks County this fall, based on my experience.

  • Dress for the weather. All three of these mazes are outdoor attractions and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or two to traverse, depending on your family's navigational skills and travel speed. Layers work well, so you can add or remove clothing as your body temperature fluctuates during your walk. Make sure to have rain gear handy if the forecast calls for precipitation.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes. While flip-flops and sandals are comfy for summers in the back yard, you need to leave them at home to enjoy these mazes. Improper footwear invites your toes and feet to get stuck by dried plant stalks, sticks or anything else that may lie on the trails. I wouldn't recommend brand-new white sneakers either, especially after a recent rain. Wear boots or knock-around tennis shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or even muddy.
  • Bring water. As I mentioned above, it takes awhile to get through a maze. You will walk and get warm. You or your kids also will get thirsty. Bring water. If you're bringing your leashed pets to McCloud Nature Park or to Beasley's Orchard during Dog Daze at the Maze, bring water for Fido and Spot, too. McCloud has a water station outside the Nature Center near the entrance to the McCloud Prairie Maze that includes a doggie drinking fountain, but it's still a good idea to bring your own water to the park and then top off at the water station throughout the day.
  • Apply sunscreen. Take it from someone who has emerged on the other side of a corn maze as a lobster in the past: sunscreen is your friend. For those with short, thinning or no hair up top, hats are a good idea, too, lest you wind up with a burnt noggin. Again, learn from my past mistakes.
  • Bring insect repellent. Insects live outdoors. Don't get carried off by a swarm of mosquitoes because you were caught unprepared. Bring insect repellent.
  • Check websites before you go. You don't want to miss out on other activities that each of these facilities offers in addition to their mazes!

Have fun, and feel free to comment below to let us know what your favorite Hendricks County maze is and any tips I may have missed!