Apples at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay, Georgia. Photo by Emily Selby
Where to Go Apple Picking in Georgia
Is it really even fall yet until you’ve gone apple picking? Here are the best orchards in Georgia to do just that.
Going apple picking in Georgia is one of those fall traditions you just can't miss! This year, with COVID-19 precautions, it might look a little different, but the thrill of eating a juicy, crisp apple just picked off the tree will be just as delightful as ever.
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 2021.
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!
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 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!
A 350-acre farm has been in the Jaemor family since 1912, with a roadside market that has been open for 35 years. Jaemor Farms is one of the largest of its kind in the country, specializing in a variety of homegrown produce and homemade treats, including — but not limited to — apples, fried pies, cider jelly, jams and vegetable seedlings. The u-pick apple orchards are on select days only, so check their Facebook page for updates. The farm also offers u-pick flowers, strawberries and peaches throughout the year.
TIP: Come early on u-pick days because the orchards are first-come, first serve. And, don't leave the farm without getting an apple cider doughnut, too!
Since 1947 when the first trees were planted, this orchard and family business has been growing. R & A Orchards has approximately 60 acres of apple trees and approximately 10 acres of peaches and nectarines. Make sure to stop by the R&A Market for lunch before or after you pick. Farm tours, wagon rides, u-pick flowers and apple picking are offered every weekend in September.
Enjoy a visit with your family to the Red Apple Barn near Ellijay in the North Georgia mountains on weekends starting Labor Day weekend 2021. Admission is $9.50 and includes a tractor ride to the orchard, an apple from the orchard, a cup of apple cider, an apple cider doughnut, two flowers, water, rock and pumpkin painting, games, picnic areas and playground for the kids. In the farm store, you have to try the apple pies, fritters, bread, caramel and candied apples, jams and jellies, honey and apple cider. U-pick apples are limited this year due to an early frost, but the pumpkin patch opens in October.