Best Apple Picking Orchards in Georgia

It’s apple season! Pick your own crisp, juicy apples and enjoy family-friendly extras at one of these orchards. Expect to pay around $8 per half-peck of apples. Be sure to check with the apple orchard on availability before you go.

Due to precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some farms may requiring face masks or not offering u-pick. Some activities may be unavailable or canceled. Call or check websites before you go.

B.J. Reece Orchard

Crimson Crisp, Rome Beauty and Stayman Winesap are just a few of the apple varieties available to pick. The orchard fee is $2 on weekdays and $5 on Saturdays and Sundays. Kids can enjoy a wagon ride, cow milking, pig races and the giant slide; more activities are available for purchase. Grab a fried apple pie at the market and bakery before heading home. Aug. 28-Oct. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hillcrest Orchards

The orchard’s farm market and bakery opens on Sept. 1, along with the petting farm, jumping pillows, wagon ride and playgrounds. Their Apple Pickin’ Jubilees occur on weekends; visitors can pick from several tasty varieties, including Mutsu and Goldrush. In addition to apple picking, the $14 admission fee includes farm activities and games; starts on Sept. 4. Hours vary.

Hillside Orchard

Choose from August Crisp, Gala, Ginger Gold and more; you can also pick up other fresh produce. Kids will enjoy the playground, barnyard, giant sandbox, corn maze and antique farm equipment. Take a train ride around the orchard for $4. Hayrides to the barnyard start in October and cost $2. The farm’s retail store offers something for everyone—fried pies, salad dressings, syrups and jellies. Not offering u-pick apples. Mon.; Thur.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Closed Tues.-Wed.

Mercier Orchards

Take a tractor ride through this 300+ acre orchard of seasonal fruits and veggies. Pick up delicious breakfast and lunch options at the Farm Café, or grab jams, jellies, preserves, apple butter, fried pies and more in the market. Due to a freeze earlier this year, they’re not currently offering apple picking; however, you can walk the orchard on weekends and pick one apple. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

R&A Orchards

This farm planted its first apple trees more than 70 years ago and today has more than 60 acres of trees, including Winesap, Ginger Golden and Jona Gold. U-pick apples and farm tours are available on weekends in September; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The roadside market offers all things apple: jams, jellies, sauces and pies. Daily, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Red Apple Barn

The orchard’s $9.50 admission fee includes apple picking, a tractor ride to the orchard, farm tour, games, cider and a doughnut. Enjoy the kids’ playground and stop in the farm market, which sells everything from fried pies to peanut brittle. Their pumpkin patch is expected to open in October. U-pick starts Sept. 4. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 1-4 p.m.


Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay

Ellijay is known for being apple country and this fall festival celebrates their prize fruit with a parade and apple-themed activities. Oct. 9-10, 16-17.

Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards

Apple picking, cow milking, games, music, pig racing and more. Through Oct. 31.

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