For most, fall means bonfires, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes. Corn mazes are great for many different people—including families, couples, and groups of friends. Getting out of the maze is both a fun and challenging experience for all parties involved. Depending on which place you visit, it can be calming or thrilling, like our haunted corn maze in Haverhill. If you’re worried about actually getting out, check out our tips for how to find your way through a corn maze. You’ll be a maze master in no time!

Know the Exit Direction

Before you go, figure out what direction the exit is. If it isn’t apparent, ask an employee where it’s located. Once you figure it out and you enter the maze, keep the exit’s direction in mind. If you get confused, don’t stress. Corn mazes are meant to turn you around!

Use Your Maze Map

Most corn mazes will provide you with a map before you head out to find the exit. Make sure to use it if they provide it! Many people make the mistake of only looking at the map when they’re lost, and then it’s not nearly as helpful. If you want to keep track of where you’re going, use the map from the beginning. Note any turns and intersections that you pass—this will keep you from walking down the same path twice.

Keep Your Group Together

If you’re going with a group, make sure to stick together. If you all want to get out of the maze together, don’t try splitting up; you’ll never make it back together. Do your best to stay together until you find your way out.

Follow the Hand Technique

An essential trick for finding your way through a corn maze is the hand rule. Right when you walk into the maze, choose to keep either your left or right hand on the wall. Continue to drag your hand along the same side of the wall until you find your way out. However, this technique won’t work if there are any areas where the wall ends, or if you don’t use the technique right from the beginning.

Look for Landmarks

One of the toughest parts about getting out of a maze is how most areas look the same after a while. Do your best to find small differences that make certain areas or locations stand out. Maybe somebody dropped a mitten in one area, or there’s a broken husk in a different area. Try to find something you’ll recognize so you don’t continue to walk down the same paths.

Good luck with your explorations!