Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. With an estimated twelve to fourteen acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.
A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!” (This according to Wayland Elwood.)
The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. It will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.
We talked with Bill Elwood and asked a few questions on how they set up this mammoth maze.
How do you decide what the maze will look like?
“We plan the entire maze out on a sheet of graph paper. It’s a long winter in Londonderry, so we have lot’s of time to work in all the turns, and blind alleys.”
Do you plant the corn in the shape of a maze?
Bill Chuckled at this question. He did tell us how it is done but made us promise we would not tell anyone. “One thing I can say is the grid from the graph paper is transferred to the field so it matches the plan.”
What about the corn, do you feed it to the cows when you are done?
“We plant a variety of Corn for the maze that grows very tall and dense, it has worked great for us for since our first maze in 2005. After Halloween, we till the corn back into the ground to fertilize the maze for next year.”
For a low price, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.