Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze is ready for another season after its grand opening on Saturday.
“It’s been a lot of work to get to this point but I’m looking forward to it,” said owner Mathew Hughes.
For the past 17 years, Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze was located off Hwy. 53, but the Dawson County staple has found its new home off Hwy. 9 near Rock Creek Park.
“It felt like we were starting over when we moved here because, I mean, everything was starting over but I think it’s going to be a good season,” said Hughes.
Throughout the spring and summer, Hughes and his team worked to get the new corn maze up and running for its grand opening on Sept. 14.
With additional space for the business to grow, Uncle Shuck’s has been able to offer more family friendly activities this year, including a new jumping pad, fire pits for bonfires and marshmallow roasting and a gem mining station.
“It’s not really panning, it’s more like sifting,” Hughes said.
Buckets of dirt with gem stones an average of 18 to 22 per bucket hidden inside are for sale for kids to sift through. A chart with information about the stones is available to help kids identify their finds. It’s an activity Hughes said will be incorporated into the many field trips Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze hosts.
“We always have good feedback from our field trips but we wanted to add something that was more hands-on,” Hughes said. “I felt like adding that would be a little more fun for them.”
Uncle Shuck’s famous Tire Mountain also received an upgrade in its new location.
“We have always had Tire Mountain, but we extended it one level and added a slide on it which has been really big hit so far this morning,” Hughes said.
The corn maze also features six check points in each maze, as well as two games the kids will love: the Clue-like game where maze-goers must figure out a mystery through a process of elimination and a game for kids to help them identify different animal tracks.
Beyond the two corn mazes, Uncle Shuck’s offers a pumpkin patch, corn cannons, a jumping pad, a goat walk as well as food and fall decorations for sale.
The corn maze and pumpkin patch will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays during September. Uncle Shuck’s will be open until Nov. 17
Tickets are $15 per person. Kids ages 4 and under are free. Admission includes access to the 13 acre corn maze, unlimited wagon rides, bon fire with marshmallows after dark, three shots on the corn cannon, jumping pad, Tire Mountain, the kiddie maze and the goat walk.
Uncle Shuck’s is at 125 Bannister Road in Dawsonville.