The Shryock family has been farming in Northern Callaway County since 1889. We are the fourth and fifth generations of the family to work the land. Our current crops are corn, soybeans, and wheat. In 2002 we began inviting visitors to the farm to explore the corn maze, take a hayride, and just enjoy being in the country.
We hope you enjoy your trip to our farm. God has blessed our family over the years, may He do the same for yours.
How do the Shryocks create the corn maze?
We design our corn mazes on a computer using a spatial management program. When the corn is about two feet tall the maze design is then transferred to the cornfield using global positioning technology. We have obtained permission to use all licensed logos and pictures in our maze designs.
How long does it take to get through the maze?
A: About an hour and a half. Groups will take longer. For slower visitors it is a good idea to allow two hours to get through the maze. Also, it takes about two hours to get through the maze during Flashlight Nights because it is easier to become disoriented.
Can I exit the maze before the finish line?
A: Yes. Marked exits around the edge of the maze lead back to the Big Red Barn.
Will someone come and find me if I get lost in the maze ?
A: Maze workers periodically walk through the maze to assist visitors. Trail maps are printed on your ticket to help you on your way. Children 12 and under should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult.
Will young children enjoy the maze?
A: Yes. They may grow tired before completing the entire maze, but there are exits available throughout the maze (and are marked on your ticket). You may also bring a stroller. All children under the age of 12 should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult.
Can I use a stroller in the maze?
A: Yes. The paths winding through the maze are about eight feet wide and flat, making it easy to accommodate a stroller. However, be aware that if it has recently rained the paths may be muddy.
Is the maze wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, the maze is wheelchair accessible. The paths within the maze are compact dirt paths that are approximately eight feet across and are flat for the most part. However, you may want to call ahead to ensure that the paths are dried out if we have recently had rain.
May I bring outside food and/or drinks?
A: Yes, you may bring your own food and/or drinks. However, we do not allow alcoholic beverages of any kind on the premises or on the hayrides. There are no trash cans in the maze, you must keep everything with you until you exit the maze.
There are many activities available to visitors at Shryocks' Callaway Farms. The life-sized corn maze is a fun adventure for all ages. A hayride around the farm is a great setting for groups to interact. For details on these and others activities click on the links section on our website under "Links in this section".
The Big Red Barn!
Shryocks' Big Red Barn has become a familiar landmark to visitors in the Midwest. It’s unique design featuring dormer windows, a coupalow, a big front porch, and traditional red and green color scheme is definitely an eye catcher on the prairie in northern Callaway County. The Barn, built in 1999, is the headquarters for Shryock Brothers Farms. During the corn maze season the barn is home to all the activities available to visitors. The interior of the barn is finished with yellow pine from southern Missouri. The 3-story air conditioned structure is a great place to relax after a trip through the corn maze or hayride around the farm.
The Barn has many refreshments available to visitors including Pepsi drinks, ice cream, carmel apples, kettle corn, and a wide variety of snacks. On cool days hot chocolate and hot cider are available. T-shirts, farm toys, souvenirs, and other gifts are also for sale.
The most popular attraction inside is the 3-story gumball coaster which occupies the front wall and rafters of the barn. Visitors watch in amazement as their gumball travels up to the peak of the barn and then down a series of tracks and gadgets to reach the bottom. It is definitely one–of–a-kind and a must see!