Autumn is a great time for picking apples. Every year we make it a point to visit one of our local orchards. Apple season kicks off with the Hendersonville Annual Apple Harvest Festival. You may not know it but apples are one of Western North Carolina’s popular bumper crop. With more than twenty-five orchards in a 30-40 mile radius of Asheville, North Carolina, here are a few of our favorite orchards.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: The Stepp family has been inviting guests to pick their own apples for 40 years at their orchard in Hendersonville, NC. Generations of families have experienced our family farm adventure. You and your family can visit their 70 acre working farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina to pick your own apples and pumpkins – it’s good clean fun in a beautiful country setting.
GRANDADS Apples N Such: On a 70-acre family farm located in Hendersonville, NC you can select pre-picked apples or pick your own in the orchards. If you love pumpkins GRANDADS pumpkin patch has pumpkins and jack o lanterns in every size and shape. At The Barn and Country Store, you will find a great selection of fall harvest decorations, apple peelers, apple bakers, and other apple gifts. We also have apple turnovers, apple bread, caramel apples and a whole lot more. And, don’t forget to try their refreshing cider slush or some hot cider.
SkyTop Orchard: Twenty-five apple varieties on a beautiful mountain top. You can sample their fresh cider. Watch their working cider press. Apple cider doughnuts made daily. Visit Sky Top Orchard and you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, our ‘barnyard’ area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and more, a bamboo forest to explore, lots of picnic areas and, of course, a mountaintop of fragrant apple and fruit trees.
Mountain Fresh Orchards: Mountain Fresh Orchards invites you to visit their roadside fruit and vegetable stand located in Hendersonville in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville. They grow 16 varieties of apples in our 12-acres of orchards, including: Gala Apples, Jonathan Apples, Cortland Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Golden Delicious Apples, Stayman-Winesap Apples, Granny Smith Apples, Mutsu Apples, Rome Beauty Apples, Arkansas Black Apples, Fuji Apples, Honey Crisp Apples, and Jonagold Apples.
Coston Farms and Apple House: Coston Farm is a 4th generation family owned farm and apple orchard located on Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville North Carolina between I-26 and Chimney Rock Park in the beautiful NC Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Enjoy a cup of their fresh or frozen apple cider, homemade fried apple pie or other sweets and treats on the rocking chair front porch; or watch the ole timey apple grading process in the Apple House. A trip to Coston Farm and Apple House is like visiting family.
September and early October is apple season in NC. Grab a couple of baskets and enjoy a daycation out picking apples in the fresh western North Carolina mountain air with family and friends.