Having lived in New England for a number of years, it is always a bit disappointing when Autumn rolls around and we just don't have enough of those Maple trees in North Georgia as a backdrop for colorful fall photos; however, we do have outstanding Apple Orchards to explore, enjoy, and pick as many as you want!
Going apple picking in Georgia is one of those fall traditions you just can't miss! The thrill of eating a juicy, crisp apple just picked off the tree is an experience like no other.
Plan a trip to these orchards for a taste of fall combined with plenty of family fun. Be sure to review the orchards' websites and social media pages before your trip so you can be fully prepared for your visit.
B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay
Tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking at B.J. Reece Orchards! Family-owned and operated since the early 1960s, their u-pick apple orchard is open late August to the end of October.
B.J. Reece has a wide selection of apples in the market and available for you to pick in season. They grow 20 different varieties of apples on 120 acres, including honey crisp and red delicious. The orchards are also pet-friendly, so bring your four-legged best friend, too.
Visit on weekends for all the farm fun, including apple cannons, wagon rides (farm tours), petting farm, scavenger hunt, cow milking, jumping pillow, cow train rides, pig races, pony rides and racing ziplines. These activities operate every Saturday and Sunday while the u-pick orchards are open. The petting farm is the only experience open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They're also known for their fried apple pies, so save room for a sweet treat!
Deep Roots Orchard in McCaysville
This Appalachian family-owned and operated old-fashioned apple orchard located on a North Georgia hillside offers u-pick apples, wagon rides, fried pies, and a mercantile selling vegetables and other locally grown goods. During the fall, visitors also can sign up for yoga classes and outdoor movie nights.
Located less than a half-hour drive from downtown Blue Ridge, Deep Roots Orchard is very near the Georgia-Tennessee border. Be sure to stop in downtown McCaysville to snap a picture right on the state line.
Hillcrest Orchards and Farms in Ellijay
Hillcrest Orchards is family-owned and operated, and has been growing apples and fun since 1946. The annual Apple Pickin' Jubilee is held on the weekends during September and October, and features cloggers and live music as well as carnival-style foods. Apple picking is offered daily through this period, as well.
Not only do they have u-pick apples, they also have pig racing with swimming pigs, milking Buttercup - the sweet Jersey cow - mini golf, museums, cow train rides, pony rides, multiple playgrounds, a jumping pillow, pedal cart rides, a nature trail and wagon rides through the orchard. Masks are required for cow milking.
Buy fresh produce and goodies from the market, and swing by the grill for lunch while you’re there. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery for their famous fresh apple fritters!
Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge
Mercier offers several varieties of apples, as well as peaches, nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and more. A tasty combination of you-pick apple events, a bakery, deli, market and farm winery makes them worth the drive.
Bonus for those over 21: Mercier offers seasonal wines and hard apple ciders that are ah-mazing! It was one of the first apple orchards in Georgia to grow, press, ferment and bottle its own products. Try a few different kinds in the tasting room or on the dog-friendly deck, and then take home some bottles to enjoy!