This past weekend my wife and 3-year-old son took a short trip north on the Blue Ridge Parkway and onto Hwy 421 in search of the New River Corn Maze. A little less than 25 minutes from Blowing Rock, New River Corn Maze is situated along the New River north of Boone. Local farmer David Tucker started the maze a few years ago, in addition to his already blossoming "Choose and Cut" Christmas tree farm called "Dark Mountain Christmas Trees." But "dark" didn’t describe the day, it was sunny, 55 degree, picture-perfect fall weather. A large pumpkin patch, apple cider and several games of seemingly competitive "corn hole" games were part of the autumn ambiance. Then comes the labyrinth. The winding and well-trodden paths get you lost in thick corn stalks at least 12-feet high. The attendant mentioned it took him 45 minutes to find his way through on the first attempt! Several locations on the maze put you out onto a beautiful wide sections of the New River and the owners provided tables and adirondack chairs for riverside picnics (I’ll remember that next year!). After eventually finding our way out, David loaded up several dozen passengers on a tractor-pulled tram for a tour of the grounds including the tree farm. My son loved the tractor (of course!) and wanted to ride again. We left with several pumpkins, ornamental gourds and feeling that we’ll definitely make the outing a fall tradition!