Five Of The Best Apple Orchards in North Carolina

Five Of The Best Apple Orchards in North Carolina

When the leaves begin to change colors and the temperatures dip, we know it’s time to head west to the mountains and the land of the apple orchards in North Carolina. Primarily located in the western-most area of the Tarheel state, this region boasts an abundance of u-pick farms featuring bountiful apple trees, reasonable prices and farm stands where you can sample apple cider donuts, apple ciders and all sorts of apple-filled treats.

Apple season begins in late July and extends through October. Check individual websites for operating hours and apple picking schedules.

It was difficult to create a list of the very best apple orchards in the state, but after visiting as many as we could, we’re excited to share our findings.

Take a look at five of the best apple orchards in North Carolina.

Perry Lowe Orchards Moravian Falls, NC

Perry Lowe Orchards Moravian Falls, NC

Family-friendly fun and tons of delicious apple varieties make Perry Lowe Orchard a must-see when you’re in the mood for apple-picking. Perry Lowe has picnic tables, games, and props for taking pictures to make this outing extra special. And kids and those young-at-heart will enjoy the tractor ride to the orchards.

Tip: Try the apple cider donuts.

Sugar Loaf Orchards Taylorsville, NC

Sugarloaf Orchards Taylorsville, NC

This family-owned business is the oldest operating apple house in Alexander County. Created in the 1800’s, this orchard also grows peaches, Asian pears, cherries, and plums, but in the fall they offer a wonderful u-pick experience. Friendly staff and many delicious apple varieties make this orchard rich in history a must-see.

Tip: Try the apple cider slushies!

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard Hendersonville, NC

Steps Hillcrest Orchard Hendersonville, NC

Steps Hillcrest has many fun activities for the kids, including a play area, a corn maze, tractor rides and an apple cannon! You can also bring your dog (leashed, obviously) to enjoy the trails. We love the friendly staff, appreciate the detailed maps for traveling around the grounds and love the location, further off the main highway then some orchards.

Tip: Try the apple cider donuts!

Justus Orchard Hendersonville, NC

Justus Orchard Hendersonville, NC

Another kid-friendly orchard on our list, in addition to apples (and blackberries) Justus Orchard has a bouncy house, apple cannon and train. This property also features a large pond with ducks, and a petting zoo with goats and peacocks.  There is a lot to love about this destination and you can fill several hours here for an outdoorsy date or family fun.

We love that the apple cider is all apples and no sugar, so drink up!

Tip: Try the fried apple pies!

Deal Apple Orchards Taylorville, NC

Deal’s Orchard, Taylosrville, NC

We like Deal Orchards for the no-frills u-pick experience. Many varieties of apples to select and friendly knowledgeable staff makes this orchard a reliable favorite. But what really makes this orchard stand out to us is the variety of local goods you can purchase from their shop: candy, nuts, molasses, honey, jams, jellies and other canned goods, cheeses and ham. And pantry staples like stone-ground cornmeal, soup and dip mixes.

Tip: Stock up on their old fashioned candles!

Ready to head for the hills? We are!

Whether you’re going for the fresh mountain air, the scenic views, outdoorsy fun or, you know – the apples – you can’t go wrong visiting any of these orchards. U-pick farms make great solo excursions, fun dates, wonderful travel group destinations or family outings because there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy

Happy apple picking!

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