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The Best Orchards to Visit in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

Oct 15, 2021

6 of the Best Places to Pick Apples in NC this Fall

The autumn months in the Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the most extraordinary. As more and more people visit the area to catch a glimpse of the vivid colors that blanket the mountain tops, the region is bustling with activity. Every year, visitors come from all over to enjoy the season’s festivities, including apple picking. The apple varieties available typically depend on the year’s weather conditions and the time of year you visit, but you will surely have an unforgettable experience.

Discover the best places to pick apples in NC this fall, along with many other fun activities for the entire family!  

1. The Historic Orchard at Altapass

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Historic Orchard at Altapass is one of the area’s most well-known apple orchards. As the seasons change, so do the varieties of apples that are available to pick. Some of the most common heirloom apples to pick here are King Luscious, Grimes Golden, and Virginia Beauty. 

However, the grounds are home to much more than apple orchards –– there are also walking trails, a butterfly garden, and a General Store filled with local jams, honey, and other fresh products. Throughout the season, they also host a number of local artists for live performances and dancing on the pavilion. With sweeping views of the mountains in the background, this Appalachian experience is unparalleled –– and if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to taste their warm apple pies with hand-scooped ice cream. Yum!   

2. Sky Top Orchards 

Another one of the best places to pick apples in NC is Sky Top Orchards. On the farm, there are various types of apple and fruit trees, orchard ponds, a bamboo forest, and a barnyard area home to many farm animals. Throughout the orchard grounds, there are picnic tables perfect for taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 

Some of the varieties available at Sky Top are Gala, Golden Delicious, and Candy Crisp. Be sure to try the fresh apple cider and apple cider doughnuts and savor the rich fruit flavors in a different form.

3. Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

Next on the list is Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, located in the South Mountains of Western North Carolina, just south of Morganton. This charming orchard boasts a rich history, dating back to the 1700s. Over the years, the farm has grown to offer 22 varieties of apples, 18 of which are available for picking by the public. Be sure to check out the Farmers Market, with fresh apples and cider, along with freshly baked goods, honey, jams, fruit butter, and more. 

Looking to participate in more fall festivities near The Cliffs? 

Might we suggest a visit to a local vineyard! Because what’s better than local wine paired with stunning mountain views? Discover the Best Wineries to Visit in the Blue Ridge Mountains and start and plan your visit! 

4. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

For nearly 50 years, the Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has been providing the Carolinas with memories of crisp fall afternoons spent in the countryside. The grounds include a 70-acre working farm and apple orchard with an impressive 5-acre corn maze, wagon rides, a picnic area, and nature trails. 

Here, you will find a wide selection of apples, including Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Fuji, and many more. Aside from apples, grapes, pumpkins, sunflowers, and zinnias are also available for picking. The farm also has a market with pumpkin donuts, apple cider, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. 

5. Justus Orchard

Fresh apples, baked goods, and beautiful views –– Justus Orchard is a hidden gem. Located in the charming mountain town of Hendersonville, this farm is one of the best orchards to visit in NC. Some varieties of apples grown on the farm include Crimson Crisp, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, and Fuji, just to name a few. The farm also grows blackberries and pumpkins that are also available for picking.

Don’t forget to stop by the Apple House Bakery for a famous fried apple pie, made with apples freshly picked from the farm. There are also other fall favorites available including candy apples, apple fritters, and hot apple cider. On weekends, they serve BBQ from a local restaurant, so don’t worry about packing a lunch.  

6. Creasman Farms

While their roots are in apple growing, Creasman Farms has much more to offer. With fields of vegetables, berry bushes, and other fruit trees, the farm’s produce is often found at local tailgate markets, restaurants, and bakeries in the area. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can find their produce at the Asheville River Arts District Farmers Market, as well as the Asheville City Market found right in the heart of the city. 

To go apple picking yourself, plan to visit the farm on a Sunday. They have more than 40 varieties of apples grown at the orchard, including heirlooms and newer breeds. Some of the types available to pick yourself are Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Pink Lady, Summer Rambo, and York. 

Enjoy all the Seasons at The Cliffs

There’s something captivating about autumn at The Cliffs –– filled with the spirit of the mountains, the outdoors beckons everyone to go out and appreciate its splendor. Fortunately, when you call The Cliffs luxury residential communities home, the beauty of the region is found right in your own backyard –– all year long!

Comprised of seven communities throughout Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, The Cliffs has something for everyone – you get to pick. The experience we have created for our members is one that is rich with adventure, natural beauty, and luxurious amenities. 

So, whether you’re drawn to sandy lakeshores or enjoy the fresh air at the top of a mountain, we have it all. 

Discover our communities and the array of luxurious properties waiting for you. To arrange a private tour of any of the communities you are interested in, simply click on the button below.   

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