August 31st, 2018

Apple Picking in the Carolinas

The seasons are changing, leaves are falling, and the weather is cooling down. All of this means that apple picking season is almost here. With the fall season approaching, apple picking is sure to be a seasonal favorite. Although this year’s first true day of fall is at the end of the month, most apple farms open much earlier. These local spots offer apple picking and so much more for you to enjoy.


Carrigan Farms is a Lake Norman local favorite, located in Mooresville. The farm is open seasonally all year round with a strawberry patch, haunted trails, a pumpkin patch, apple trees, and more. They specialize in growing quality fruits and vegetables, educational school tours, weddings, and other special events. Carrigan Farms apple picking opens the first week of September with hayrides available as well.


Crossing the border into South Carolina, neighbors can find the Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill in York. The venue is a family owned and operated boutique apple orchard and Hard Cider producer that opens every fall from mid-August until Christmas. Aside from apple picking, the Cider Bar is also open for tastings at the orchard on select Friday evenings and weekends.


While local spots are an easy option, some hidden gems can be found a quick trip away in the mountains of North Carolina. Since Charlotte is conveniently located a short drive from the foothills, a trip to these apple farms guarantees a fun weekend getaway.


Hendersonville hosts the annual N.C. Apple Festival each Labor Day weekend, kicking off apple picking season in the Carolinas. The festival is four days of street fairs, apple picking, arts and crafts, food and entertainment.


For a picturesque apple picking experience, visit the mountains of Flat Rock, N.C. With mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with farm animals, and a bamboo forest, Sky Top Orchard is a perfect fall trip. Around the orchard, there are several picnic areas for you to enjoy the views of the western Carolina mountains. Don’t forget to try the apple cider doughnuts!


With our convenient proximity to the mountains, Charlotteans have the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the varieties that fall treats have to offer in the Carolinas. Take advantage of the dropping temperatures and enjoy the many outdoor activities that are close by.