Apple Season is Here: The Best Orchards to Visit in Western NC

We might be a little biased, but we think Western NC is one of the best places to live—especially during the fall season. Now that summer is officially over, it’s almost time to enjoy the cool mountain air, the flaming red, orange, and yellow of the changing foliage, and pumpkins galore.

Another major highlight of fall in Western NC? We’ve got some of the best (and only) apple orchards in the state! If you’re planning a picturesque apple-picking trip, here are the top orchards to check out in the area.

Sky Top Orchard

An apple orchard.

Location: Flat Rock

Hours: 9am – 6pm, open every day

Details: Sky Top Orchard is home to a lot more than apples—you can also pick your own peaches, pears, and grapes, as well! Once you’ve filled your basket with fresh fruit, be sure to grab a hot “made-while you watch” apple cider donut and stock up on fall decor and farmers market-style goods.

You can also say hi to the animals at the barnyard, stroll through some of the scenic nature trails, and enjoy free cider tastings!

Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

A man holding up an apple.

Location: Morganton

Hours: 9am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday

Details: A local institution since the 1950s, the Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill has expanded over the years to include not only an orchard, but also a cider mill, a country store, tours, and a bakery. Around this time of the year, you can expect to find Red Rome, Cameo, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Goldrush, and Granny Smith apples. Check out a few of their recipes while you’re there to get some apple-baking inspiration!

Grandad’s Apples n’ Such

Apples on a tree.

Location: Hendersonville

Hours: 8am – 6pm, open every day

Details: A 100-acre, four-generation farm, Grandad’s Apples n’ Such features an orchard, a country store and bakery, pumpkin picking, farm animals, and more. We highly recommend trying some of their apple-based flavors at the bakery, like the new fermented apple cider, as well as the hot cider donuts and apple cider slushies! You can even pick up some apple-related gifts for friends and family, like apple peelers, apple bakers, and apple butter.

Knob Creek Orchard

Apples set against the sky.

Location: Lawndale

Hours: 9am – 6pm on weekdays, hours vary on weekends

Details: What’s better than fresh apples? How about fresh apples and fresh ice cream? In addition to growing apples, Knob Creek Orchard doubles as a creamery, as well. And not only is their ice cream homemade, but so are their waffle cones—it might be some of the best ice cream you’ll ever enjoy!

The Orchard at Altapass

A woman in an apple orchard.

Location: Spruce Pine

Hours: 10am – 5pm, open Wednesday – Sunday

Details: The Orchard at Altapass is a little different other orchards. Originally purchased as a preservation project, the orchard is now part of the nonprofit Altapass Foundation and works to preserve, protect, and educate on the history and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you’re looking for an apple-picking trip that can double as a scenic hike, then Altapass is the perfect choice.

Find Your Fall Fun in Western NC

Whether it’s apple-picking, hiking, or just cozying up in a cabin retreat, there’s plenty to explore around Western NC—and as your local experts, the Cielo Team is here to help you explore it all.

If you’re looking to call this beautiful area home, be sure to explore our buyer’s resources, use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options, and give us a call to get started!

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