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“Pick Your Own” Apple Orchards in North Carolina

Picking Your Own Apples in the Charlotte Area and Beyond

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For many people, fall means that it’s apple picking season in North Carolina. Whether you’re picking a batch of apple pies, making homemade applesauce or apple butter, or just as a healthy snack, there’s nothing like a basket of fresh apples from the Carolinas.

If you’re looking to get the absolute freshest apples possible, you’re in luck in North Carolina because there are plenty of farms and orchards that let you pick your own straight from the tree.

Apple picking season is usually sometime from early June to early December, so start checking towards the middle to end of May to see out when your favorite farm is opening. Almost all of the farms on this list are going to be in the North Carolina mountains area.

I’ve listed just a few apple picking farms below. The list is broken down into Western North Carolina, the North Carolina coastal region, and the Charlotte area – the Piedmont or central region. For each area, about six farms are listed, with a link to a complete database to find more. What you’ll find listed on this page is nowhere near a comprehensive list, nor am I saying that these are the “best” ones. It’s just a sampling of some of what we have to offer. I did try to include farms from different areas of each region.

Most of these sites do offer other fresh fruits and vegetables, and several even have other “pick your own” foods. But for each of these spots, you can pick your own strawberries.

Western North Carolina

Apple Hill Orchard
2075 Pleas­ant Hill Avenue
Mor­gan­ton, NC 28655

J & A Orchard
2052 Old North Carolina 90
Taylorsville, NC 28681
(828) 381-9271

Just Us Orchard
187 Garren Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 685-8033

941 Ollies Creek Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 735-2983

Creasman Farms
280 Bent Arrow Lane
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 685-7728

Coston Farm
742 Apple Valley Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 685-8352

Looking for a place in North Carolina where you can pick your own apples? You're in luck, because there are plenty to choose from!

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*Masks are required to enter the Apple Barn and when social distancing isn’t possible. Please also review our COVID-19 guidelines to prepare for your visit to the Orchard.

Thanksgiving Essentials & Hours

Thanksgiving week hours: Monday & Tuesday: 9am-5pm | Wednesday: 9-4pm | Thursday: Closed | Friday & Saturday: 9-5pm

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and we have all the essentials to complete your holiday meal: apple butter, pumpkin butter, fresh-pressed apple cider, fresh apples, pecans, cakes, breads and more! Stop by the Apple Barn this week and load up on all your holiday favorites.

Christmas with the Kringles

Select November and December Dates | Reservations required | Book your adventure

We are very excited to welcome back Santa & Mrs. Claus this season, and they can’t wait to greet all the little boys and girls. During the adventure, guests can visit with Santa, enjoy a Christmas hayride & light show, learn how to make reindeer food with Mrs. Claus, and roast s’mores. Reservations are required as we limit the number of guests at each session. We recommend reserving tickets early for the best selection of date and time.

Fresh Fraser Fir Christmas Trees

Now available | Monday-Saturday: 9-5pm | Sunday: 1-5pm | Prices range from $40-90

The Christmas season is here, which means it‘s time to go Christmas tree picking! Come pick a beautiful Frasier Fir Christmas Tree with your family and make memories at the Orchard! Proceeds from all tree sales benefit the Eastern Randolph High School FFA Alumni.

Free Outdoor Christmas Movies

Select November and December Dates | Movies start at 6pm | Click here for movie schedule

Spend an evening outdoors watching all the holiday classics! Down by our waterfront pavilion, we’ll be playing a movie on select nights during November and December. Bring your favorite blankets and chairs and cuddle up while enjoying the fresh air and stars or enjoy one of our picnic tables. Check out which movies are playing here.

BOGO Peck Pre-Picked Apple Sale

Sale runs through November | Buy one peck (11lbs) for $25, get one free

We’re in full blown apple season, so we’re turning up the heat with a pre-picked apple sale: buy one peck ($25 for 11 lbs), get one free. Now’s the time to load up on apples for the fall and get in that canning, baking, or apple eating mindset. All apples are pre-packed in peck bags (11 pound) with one variety in each bag. Visit the Apple Barn to pick up yours. Here’s what’s fresh: Arkansas Black, Golden Delicious, York, Stayman Winesap, and Pink Lady 🍎🍏

Apple Cider – Donuts, Half Gallons & Slushies

It wouldn’t be fall without fresh apple cider, and we have the trifecta of apple cider goodies: apple cider donuts (available on Christmas with the Kringles event days only), apple cider slushies and half gallons of apple cider. While our apple cider donuts are only available on the Christmas with the Kringles event days, our apple cider slushies and half gallons are available seven days a week! Come get your cider fix this fall at the Orchard.

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