HUNTERSVILLE – Nothing says it’s fall better than a corn maze, even if the weather still feels like summer.

Rural Hill’s 2013 Amazing Maize Maze will debut Sept. 13. The newly designed, farm-theme labyrinth has a barn, tractor and windmill cut into its path.

“We change the design every year so people don’t remember what they did last year,” Rural Hill Executive Director Jeff Fissel said.

Mazes on the 7 acres of cornfield usually have about 2.5-3 miles of trail in them, he said. But that doesn’t mean participants will necessarily walk every part of it.

Twelve mailboxes throughout the maze have pieces of its map. As participants find more of the map, the maze gets easier, Fissel said. The average completion time is about an hour.

“Some people will take more, some people will take less, but when we’re open, there’s always people out there to help," he said. "So if you’re getting frustrated or haven’t found anything new in a while, they’re there to give you an idea on where you need to go to find that next clue."

Tips for success:

About 15 company teams tested the maze Sept. 10 during Rural Hill’s Fellowship Challenge. Most completed it, some didn’t. Those who did gave advice for success:

• Don’t get frustrated, be patient and keep going: Especially if it’s your first time going through a corn maze, you may feel like once you’re in, you won’t get out. Remember, the idea is to have fun and finish. The more patience you have, the less frustrated you’ll get, the more fun you’ll have.

• Follow the colors: The colors represent the different shape you’re in. As you find pieces of the map, pay attention to shapes that unfold. A color change means you’re entering a different shape whether it be the barn, tractor, windmill, fence, sky or grass.

• Wear comfortable footwear: The average time to complete the maze is an hour. Make sure you wear shoes that are good for walking.

• Bring and drink water: Again, being in the maze for an hour or possibly more, it’s important to stay hydrated. Even in September, temperatures have reached 90 degrees.

• Work together if you’re with a team/communicate: A united front is stronger than a divided one. You could even designate different roles for group members, such as the fearless leader, chief navigator and runner (let the person who always has to run ahead of the group find the dead ends before you do!).

• Stay calm and eat corn: OK, don’t really eat the corn, but staying clam is wise. Each team is given a flag so they can be located or signal if there is an emergency.

Want to go?

Rural Hill’s 2013 Amazing Maize Maze will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 13-Nov. 3. Night mazes will be open on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 27.

Tickets for the day maze cost $10 for adults 13 years old and older and $7 for children ages 5-12. Night maze tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children 4 and younger get in free.

Rural Hill is at 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Details: 704-875-3113 or www.ruralhill.net/AmazingMaizeMaze.asp.