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Jaunt to Honeysuckle Hill Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Honeysuckle Hill Farms signLast weekend we ventured to a new-to-us pumpkin patch and corn maze: Honeysuckle Hill Farms. I was itching to go because we didn’t make it to any last year. The year before that had been dry as all get out, so our jaunt to Rippavilla Plantation’s corn maze had sort of been a bust. (Except for the pumpkin chucking. That was a hoot. And of course the tour of the house was wonderful, but the corn wasn’t very tall. I’m 5’1″ and could see over it so…not much of a challenge to find our way through the maze.)

But we had a nice wet spring and summer this year. We knew the corn corps had had a chance to grow so the mazes might be more fun.

The pumpkin patch and corn maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farms gets a lot of press each year. I’d been interested in jaunting up there. Finally did this year.

Well worth the journey. (It’s about an hour from where we live.) We don’t have kids, but if we did that is the place to take them. True wholesome family fun.

Still, it brought out our inner children and we had fun letting them play for a couple of hours. There was really a lot to do.

FUN HOUSE

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General admission allows you to one free tour of the fun house. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I was in a fun house, but I’m sure it’s been a couple of decades.

This one had some white and red-striped curtains you had to navigate through to get to the different areas.

My least favorite part was the spinning tunnel. Funny how having the room move around you can totally annihilate your center of equilibrium.

My most favorite part was at the end, where you squeezed through a puffed up white wall of fabric to get out. It was sort of scary too, and anyone would claustrophobia would definitely not enjoy that. But I thought it was neat.

Creepy clown eyes in Fun House
Creepy clown eyes in Fun House
He who walks in the black light (a.k.a. my husband Wayne right before the spinning tunnel.)
He who walks in the black light (a.k.a. my husband Wayne right before the spinning tunnel.)

CORN MAZE

Honeysuckle Hill Corn Maze

The people at Honeysuckle Hill Farms dedicated this year’s corn maze to George Jones, a beloved country music star and Tennessean who passed away earlier this year. It was cut in his image. Kind of neat.

They also made navigating it fun by adding an FSI (Farm Scene Investigation) game. Farmer Joe is missing and it’s up to you to save him. You got a Clue Book and “investigated” by eliminating a suspect, weapon, and location at each of the six stations within the maze.

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FSI Corn Maze Board
Which of these culprits took Farmer Joe?
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An example of one of the stations within the maze.

the barn corn maze locationIMG_2186Above are a few of the stations. Each included a hole punch. The station told the location, but you also had to find the suspect and weapon included in each scene to eliminate those. You used the hole punch to “cross them off” before going in search of the next station. It was a hoot!

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They also had a kiddie corn maze for the wee ones.

IMG_2177ZIP LINE

Zip Line

I don’t know why zip lining over a corn maze caught my attention, but that was one of the things that lured me to Honeysuckle Hill Farms. Wayne was shocked when I said, “Let’s do it!” (I’m good at chickening out of things at the last minute. Bawk!)

But I didn’t this time. I geared up and went for it.

I’m not gonna lie. It was terrifying. And exhilarating. But mostly terrifying. I clung to my rope for dear life during both “flights” (you went from one tower to another) and didn’t utter a peep. Unusual for me to be quiet. That’s how I knew I was really scared. Turns out I don’t much like heights. Having to walk off a perfectly good platform really tested my nerves –and my trust. Good thing my line held!

The good news is I survived and zip lining is crossed off my bucket list!

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Wayne getting strapped in
Ready to go
Geared up and ready to go!
aerial view of Honeysuckle Hill Farms
Bird’s eye (a.k.a. zip line tower) view of part of the Honeysuckle Hill Farms grounds

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Here’s what else there is to do at Honeysuckle Hill Farms:

  • Hayride out to their U-Pick Pumpkin Patch
  • Hillbilly Pig Races
  • Gemstone Mining
  • Lots of fun things for the little ones, like duck pond races, cow train rides, lots of things to climb and lay on
  • Bonfire pits for rent
  • Nights of Light Halloween Light Show – This is Middle Tennessee’s first and only light show. You ride the pumpkin train through the farm while looking at lights synced to music. They had video of it playing while we were there. I want to go back to see it.
  • Scream Creek Haunted Woods – Due to my haunted house aversion, we didn’t do this, but I have a feeling it’d be great. The woods, in the middle of the night, with people chasing you? It sounds fun to me but I know I would freak out trying to do it.
  • Pumpkin Destruction Festival – On their last day (Nov 2), they’re going to destroy all the remaining pumpkins. $1 from every admission will also go to the Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital to “Crush out Childhood Diseases.” Neat concept.

Below are some pictures from Honeysuckle Hill Farm. It’s a very photogenic place and we had a picture-perfect day so I had a big time snapping away.

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Talking chickens
You pressed a button to make these joke-telling chickens talk. One of my favorite jokes they told was, “Why didn’t the skeleton chicken cross the road? Because he didn’t have any guts!”
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Not sure they were the ones doing the pig races, but they were cute to watch.
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They had signs like these in the farm area
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Oh yeah, we watched. Sponge Bob Pork Pants, Pig McGraw, and his wife Faith Squeal were among the pigs racing.
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Got milk? Get yer own!
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Reduce, reuse, recycle…into fun!
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Each cow “car” had a name and was pulled by an ATV. Looked like too much fun.
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Wayne enjoying a bag of freshly prepared kettle corn. Yum!
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This is where you could mine for gold and other gems
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Some of the pumpkins for sale near the exit
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Loved the cow trash cans
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Old farming equipment re-purposed into decor. Fitting!
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Oh man, our inner children were screaming to go jump on this but, alas, our outer children were too big.
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This way to fun and more fun!
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Harder than it looks…but a hoot!
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The artwork cracked me up, like this sign for the bathrooms.
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Windmill on the left, one of the zip line towers on the right
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You pumped water and made the ducks go.
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My “included with admission” little take home pumpkin.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her on a tennis court somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
http://www.courtneymroch.com

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