August 19th, 2019

Apple Picking: A Guide to Orchards in the Carolinas

September is prime apple-picking season in the Carolinas, with its cool temperatures and perfect terrain for growing. At most orchards, picking apples is just one of the many activities that will make this your next fall favorite tradition. As you plan out your calendar for the quickly-approaching fall season, check out some of these orchards and farms around the Carolinas. 


Sky Top Orchard

Sky Top Orchard is a Carolina favorite in Flat Rock, NC. This orchard offers a bamboo forest to explore, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep and other farm animals, and, of course, a mountaintop of apple and fruit trees. Sky Top is also acclaimed for their donuts. Check online for the orchard’s picking schedule and plan your visit today.


Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

The Windy Hill Orchard is now open for the fall season! This family owned, boutique apple orchard and hard cider producer is located in upstate South Carolina. The farm offers award-winning ciders, pick your own apples, fresh pressed apple cider, seasonal apple products, and more.


Carrigan Farms

This family owned, Lake Norman staple has been around for five generations and farmed on the same land for over 100 years. The venue specializes in growing quality fruits and vegetables, educational school tours and field trips, weddings, and other events. From asparagus to zucchini and everything in between, you’ll find it all at Carrigan Farms.


The Orchards at Altapass

Located in Spruce Pine, this orchard boasts incredible views of the Blue Ridge Parkway along with their seasonal attractions. Explore the scenic Appalachian on the orchard’s farm and walking trails. Whether you’re spending the day picking apples or just stopping by for a fresh bite to eat at The Apple Core Grill, it’s the perfect destination on the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Apple Hill Orchard

Nestled in the South Mountains of Western North Carolina, Apple Hill Orchard has expanded its offerings to a cider mill, country store, apple pickings, educational group tours, and a bakery. Check out their website’s list of apple varieties and growing schedules to learn what is in season for your next trip.


The North Carolina Apple Festival

Over Labor Day weekend, kick off the start of fall at the NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Guests can expect four days of fun at this street fair featuring freshly picked apples, arts and crafts, festival food, and free entertainment.


Charlotteans have the perfect opportunity and proximity to enjoy the fall treats in the Carolinas. Take advantage of the dropping temperatures and enjoy seasonal activities at these nearby farms. Whether you love picking apples, tasting ciders, or soaking in the picturesque Carolina views, it’s the perfect time of year to get outdoors.