Local Places to Pick Your Own Apples

September 7, 2023

Apple picking is a fantastic fall activity for families - visiting the orchard, breathing in the crisp air, and enjoying the time together. Apples are a favorite fruit of many and are one of the easiest fruits to pick and use. And apple picking is a seasonal tradition; there's nothing that says fall like that first bite from a crisp and juicy apple just picked from the orchard. Alexander County ranks #4 in the state for apple production! 

Looking for local places to pick your own apples? 

Here is a list of the local farms and orchards around Hickory and the NC Western Piedmont where you can bring the family to pick your own apples right from the trees. It's always a good idea to call before you go, as availability varies and changes frequently.

  • Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
    2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue in Morganton, (828) 437-1224
    U-Pick: Monday - Saturday from 9AM to 5:15 PM.
    Farm Market: Monday - Saturday from 9AM to 6PM. Pre-picked apples, tasty ciders, and apple-flavored treats.
    NEW Curbside and In-Store Pick Up available!

  • Carrigan Farms
    1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy in Mooresville, (704) 664-1450
    Apple Picking September 5th through the end of September- make your reservations online!

  • The Orchard at Altapass
    1025 Orchard Rd in Spruce Pine (Mile 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), (828) 765-9531
    Open for u-pick Wednesdays through Sundays, with free storytelling on the back porch plus tons of kids activities in the Kids’ Corner, including a huge monarch butterfly display, and an educational bee exhibit!

  • Coston Farm
    3748 Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville, (828) 685-8352
    Pick Your Own Orchard is open late August until the end of October. Apple House and Country Store feature pre-picked apples, baked goods, cider, pumpkins, specialty items, and gifts.

  • Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
    170 Stepp Orchard Drive in Hendersonville, (828) 685-9083
    Open daily mid-August through October offering u-pick apples, a 5-acre corn maze, apple cannon & NEW jump pad (on weekends), u-pick pumpkins, educational nature trail, weekend wagon rides, and more. The farm market offers apple cider and pumpkin donuts, along with local jams and jellies.

  • Creasman Farm
    280 Bent Arrow Ln in Hendersonville, (828) 685-7728
    Open for U-Pick Sundays only 1-5 pm from Labor Day through October. Call for availability.

  • Grandad's Apples n' Such
    2951 Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville, (828) 685-1685
    Open daily late July through November for pick your own or pre-picked apples in the country store along with apple treats, gifts, decorations, baked goods, and apple drinks. Weekend activities include a corn maze, apple cannon, and cow train rides. Jump Pad will not be open for the 2020 season.

  • Sky Top Orchard
    3403 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, (828) 692-7930
    Open daily late July to December offering U-Pick, We-Pick, hayrides, picnic areas, a barnyard, free tastings, a nature trail, panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds, a playground, and a fruit stand market with freshly made goods, cider, decorations, and gifts.

There are many other local orchards that sell their freshly picked apples directly at their on-site store and our local Farmers Markets have fresh apples for sale this time of the year as well. 

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