The benefit of staying in Three Forks is being at the hub for easy access to everything Montana has to offer. Fall is prime time to take advantage of that—as days get crisp and leaves get crunchy, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore. The agricultural emphasis under the Big Sky takes an autumnal twist, with hay and corn mazes close at hand. Hop in the car for a quick drive to wind your way through classic fall flavor, and enjoy a little maze time.
Montana Corn Maze
Montana Corn Maze is just 25 minutes from Three Forks in the nearby town of Manhattan. On Saturdays, catch a bite from Smoldering Coals Catering, which specializes in Dutch oven cooking—a Montana must since the time of the cowboys. Fridays and Saturdays throughout October are the time to explore this maze cut out of a working cornfield. The route is filled with mailboxes containing clues on how to work your way through the hand-designed labyrinth.
Bozeman is moments away, giving you easy access to Bozeman Maze, 25 minutes outside of Three Forks. A hay-bale maze with walls piled high gives you quite the challenge as you make your way through. Concessions and pumpkin carving are available to help you get even deeper into the spirit of the season. Up the ante and come through on one of the Flashlight Nights for a wild time under the Big Sky, close enough to Three Forks to get you back in time to grab a drink at the Sac Bar.
Applestem Corn Maze
Clocking in at 2.5 hours from Three Forks in quiet Vaughn, Montana, Applestem Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch awaits. Head through Helena to this haven just outside Great Falls, and wander through one of the most amazing corn mazes in the state. You can go wild in 20 acres of corn that have been carved and crafted into miles upon miles of pathways. You’ll find hay mazes too, alongside a pumpkin patch to pick your way through.
The Maize at Grandpa’s Farm
The drive to The Maize at Grandpa’s Farm near Billings takes you through some of the most stunning country to see in autumn, with mountains freshly capped in snow lining the highway as you meander through lush valleys. When you arrive, scope out the zombie paintball for an adrenaline rush, or pose with pumpkins in the patch for the perfect fall photo. The haunted season is Friday and Saturday nights in October, so make an evening of it before you head back to Three Forks to end your day trip with a nightcap.
Missoula Maze squeaks in under the wire at 2.75 hours from Three Forks, but it’s well worth the scenic drive to get there. The best part is that these folks are open throughout the week in October (apart from Mondays and Tuesdays, and select Saturdays), so you can get your maze on regardless of your schedule. The hay and corn mazes combine here to cover more than an acre of land. Over a mile of passages help get you lost in the best possible way. Grab lunch in town to have the chance to explore Missoula, and then cruise back to the Headwaters for drinks and an autumn snuggle under luxury linens at the Sacajawea.
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