2018 Best Orchards for Apple Picking in Georgia
Sunshine, vivid colors and crisp mountain air – it’s no wonder Atlantans flock to the orchards of North Georgia each fall to pick apples. Apples are at their prime in September and October when the weather is perfect for strolling through orchards and plucking fruit fresh from the trees.
Try a variety of apples in season: Rome Beauty, Pink Ladies, Fuji and September Wonder. To pick your own, pay the orchard entrance fee and buy a bag to fill with apples. On weekends, petting zoo, orchard zip line, jumping pillow, cow train and apple shooting cannon – available for an additional fee. The bakery has plenty of apple treats: fresh cider, fried apple pies, apple bread and cider doughnuts.
Dates: Aug. 25-Oct. 31, daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” is this orchard’s apple picking festival. Small children will especially enjoy picking from Hillcrest’s dwarf trees with apples hanging well within reach. Swimming pig races, apple tree maze, mini golf, wagon rides and cow milking. There’s also a variety of delicious food to sample. From apple fritters and apple pies, you won’t go hungry here.
Dates: Sept. 8-Oct. 28, Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The do-it-yourself apple picking starts with a tractor ride to the orchards and a brief talk about Mercier’s history. Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Golden delicious apples among others will be ready to pick weather permitting. On your way out, be sure to pick up some hot apple pies and treats.
Dates: Weekends in Sept. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tractor ride to and from the orchard, tour the farm, pick an apple from the orchard, rock painting. Grab some caramel apples, apple butter or chocolate treats when leaving.
Dates: Weekends in Sept. and Oct., Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m. or until all apples are picked for the day.
Family owned since 1942, this orchard has farm tours and you pick apples every weekend in September. Pick red delicious, golden delicious, mutsu apples and more depending on availability. Don’t miss the apple jams and fried pies in the store.
Dates: Weekends in September. Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Store and bakery open year-round.
Arts and crafts, children’s area, classic car show, hayrides, cornhole tournament, everything apple competition and more. Sept. 22.
Ellijay is known for being apple country and this fall festival celebrates their prize fruit. Watch the parade and take part in apple-themed activities. Oct. 13 and 14; Oct. 20 and 21.