Apples galore! The cooler Carolina weather provides the perfect opportunity to dive into autumn activities, including stocking up on farm-fresh apples. Round up the family and enjoy a fall day outdoors at these 10 best apple orchards in North Carolina.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard of Hendersonville is complete with genuine, down-to- earth people, a kid friendly atmosphere and great for a family outing. There are plenty of delicious apples to pick, more than 20 different types in total to choose from, and the cider doughnuts are incredible after-picking treats. Take in the glorious sounds and smells of nature and dine at one of the picnic tables if you decide to pack a lunch to picnic at the orchard. During the weekend, family friendly activities are set up for some extra fun including the apple cannon to shoot apples at a target, taking a walk on the nature trail or enjoying the five-acre corn maze.
At Bee Sweet Orchards, pick your own apples off the three acres of property. The property offers a choice of nine types, including Ginger Gold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and Mutsu apples (not all of which are pick your own. Refer to website). For the best selections, stop by during late July, August, or early September. The orchard is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bee Sweet Orchards is likely to become a fall tradition for your family.
Devil Dog Orchard of Reidsville is family owned is great for a family friendly outing to make memories. Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Gala, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious apples are currently ripe and ready to pick.
Experience the delicious apple cider doughnuts, apple cider, and apple cider slushies Sky Top Orchard has to offer. This orchard of Flat Rock includes apple picking, a hay ride, playgrounds for the kiddies, a duck pond where you can feed the ducks and farm animals to enjoy. Sit at the picnic tables for the opportunity to take in the beautiful mountain views and the cool autumn air.
There is no better way to spend an afternoon on the weekend than with a gorgeous view and plenty of apples to pick. The Orchard at Altapass has over 40 different apple types to explore and several other activities the family will love. As well as apple picking, enjoy hayrides, or walking the trails that are open to guests year-round.
Blueberry Thrill Farm is a family-owned farm has been growing tasty fruit and berries on gorgeous property since 1982. On the farm, there are 20 different types of apples to choose from. In September, pick from a variety of apples such as Crimson Crisp, Fiji, Winesap, Golden, Russet, and Cameo apples. In October, pick old-fashioned Winesap, Albemarle Pippin and Goldrush apples. For half a peck, pay only $8. For one full peck, equivalent to about 11 pounds, pay $15. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m., visit the Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville.
Grandad’s Apples is a great place for their friendly staff, delicious apples, and fun family friendly activities. Although seasonal, this orchard is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Grandad’s is a great experience for the family to walk about, capture pictures, and pick fresh apples. Guests can also complete the corn maze, visit with the farm animals, or explore the playground for the children for added fun. In the bakery of Grandad’s barn, try the delicious apple cider doughnuts, apple ice cream, apple pies, caramel apples, fresh cider, and cider slushies.
Visit Apple Hill Orchard to pick Fuji, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Limbertwig, and more apple varieties. Stop by the bakery for sweet treats such as cider doughnuts, pies, muffins, and tarts or by the country store for delicious cider, jams, spreads, and preserves. The knowledgeable staff members of Apple Hill offer excellent service with any help you may need and run the orchard smoothly so you can enjoy your outing. Apple Hill Orchard provides a fun, memorable experience for families and continues to be a yearly tradition for many.
During the fall, pick apples like the Golden Delicious, Cameo, Granny Smith, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Mutsu, Stayman, Cortland, and Arkansas Black apples at Coston Farm and Apple House. Located in Hendersonville, this farm is complete with an orchard to pick apples yourself, a bakery with sweet treats and the gift shop perfect for picking up a souvenir or two. In the bakery, dig into delicious specialties such as apple pies, apple bread, cider, cider slushies, and apple butter. Guests can shop the gift shop for homeware, kitchen ware, apparel, and homemade food items.
Family owned establishment by the friendly Boxberger family, Stoney Hollow Farm is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Pick apples with confidence: the fruits and vegetables grown on the farm are organic and contain no GMO’s. The farm is open from May to November for visitors to pick fruits and vegetables on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.. And don’t forget to browse the farm store. It features freshly-picked produce, homemade jams, and a wonderful selection of antique goods.