A Guide to Apple Picking in the Carolinas!

Growing up in New England, when I think of fall, I tend to think about all of the traditional fall things…the leaves changing colors, warm sweaters, chilly nights, and allllll the apple recipes! However since moving down South, I soon realized that apple picking in the Charleston area just wasn’t a reality (good thing there are so many other amazing things to love about the Lowcountry!) The good news is that you don’t have to travel too far to take part in this traditional fall activity, there are some great u-pick orchards in the Carolinas that are just a few hours away. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or weekend away, check these places out for apple picking!Looking for some other fun fall ideas and events? Check out all of the fall and Halloween events going on around Charleston, including pumpkin patches, fall festivals, spooky events, and so much more!

*Thank you so much to our sister site, Columbia City Moms Blog, for sharing this wonderful information with us! Heading to Columbia? Check out their resource page filled with things to do and see around Columbia!

Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Bryson’s U-Pick Apple Orchard

1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
(864) 647-9427

If you’re looking for a full day or weekend apple adventure, then consider Bryson’s. They press their own cider and have free samples. This orchard has a wide selection of jams and jellies, canned goods, honey from bees, sorghum syrup and local vegetables when in season. Bryson’s is located in the beautiful Long Creek area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, three miles from the Chattooga River, fifteen miles from Oconee State Park, and six miles from Chau Ram State Park. Lakes Keowee, Jocassee, and Hartwell, along with over twenty waterfalls, and many marked hiking trails are just a few of the surrounding area attractions.

Chattooga Belle Farm

454 Damascus Church Road
Long Creek, SC 29658
(864) 647-9768

The farm has a variety produce through-out the seasons including apples and peach orchards, muscadines, scuppernongs, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. They have a variety of exotic fruits like persimmons, paw paws, Asian pears, figs, and more! In addition, they offer cabins for rent and have a bistro, as well as farm tours, a disc golf course, and a distillery. It’s also a wedding venue, so call ahead.

Justus Orchard

187 Garren Rd.
Hendersonville NC 28792
(828) 974-1232

Enjoy a day in the country with your family, picking apples from dwarf-size apple trees, bring your lunch and enjoy eating it in the picnic area while you take in the beautiful views surrounding the apple orchard. Justus Orchard offers apple orchard tours for families, church groups, and other groups. There is also a bakery with apple cider, pies, and doughnuts!

The Orchard at Altapass

1025 Orchard Rd
Spruce Pine, NC 28777


There are over 40 apple varieties at The Orchard at Altapass. You can make a weekend of this trip. There is a restaurant that serves lunch daily and many local restaurants nearby. They offer hayrides, hiking trails, and even a book club! Check out the events calendar before you go. There is often live music!

Sky Top Orchard

1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd
Zirconia, NC 28731 (Flat Rock area, NC)
(828) 692-7930

Visit Sky Top Orchard and you’ll enjoy panoramic mountain views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a ‘barnyard’ area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and more, a bamboo forest to explore, lots of picnic areas and, of course, a mountaintop of fragrant apple and fruit trees. This favorite among families in the Midlands also offers hayrides (without the hay in the truck, to help your allergies) and apple doughnuts. Click this link to plan your visit and view their downloadable map to see all they have to offer. If you can, plan your visit for a weekday. Sky Top can get very crowded on the weekends.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

170 Stepp Orchard Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 685-9083

Enjoy a day on this 70-acre working farm and apple orchard on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina just outside Historic Hendersonville, near Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hillcrest Orchard was Hendersonville and Henderson County’s First Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchard. There are hayrides, a corn maze, and even an apple cannon!

Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill

1860 Black Hwy
York, SC 29745
(803) 684-0690

Windy Hill Orchard is a family owned and operated boutique apple orchard and Hard Cider producer located in the upstate of South Carolina. Open every fall from mid-August until Christmas, they offer visitors, Award-Winning Hard CidersPick Your Own Apples, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider, Fresh Made Apple Products, and much, much more. Their cats are friendly and you should check their calendar for events, including live music.