By TMoM Team Member Kodia Byers

Apple picking is always a fun adventure for families, and a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Many local orchards are already open for picking!

Below is our list of pick-your-own apple farms and orchards within the Triad, or within a 3 hour drive if you are looking for a day trip excursion. We added notes regarding each orchard’s available crops, but be sure to call each orchard and confirm that the apples are ripe for picking before you visit.  Also, confirm operating hours, as many are closed on certain days of the week.

Farms are listed in alphabetical order, and you can click on the name of each to visit their corresponding website. Where applicable, we also added in other fun things to do at each farm.

Apple Hill Orchard
Address: 2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: (828) 437-1224
*Open for 2023 season beginning August 12. Orchard includes a pick-your-own flower field, a cider mill, a country store, and a bakery

Carrigan Farms
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Phone: (704) 664-1450
*You-pick-apple season begins September 2023

Century Farm Orchards
Address: 1614 Rice Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320
Phone: (336) 349-5709
*Open for 2023 season.

Coston’s Apple House/Coston Farm Products
Address: 3748 Chimney Rock Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-8352
*Open for 2023 season. Visit the farm to find everything you need to decorate for the fall season, including pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, hay, and Indian corn. You can also find other unique decorations in their gift shop, as well as seasonal treats in their bakery!

Creasman Farms
Address: 280 Bent Arrow Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-7728
*Opening dates not listed at the time of this publication.

Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
Address: 2951 Chimney Rock Road Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-1685
*Open for 2023 season. Beginning Labor Day: Their corn maze will open, and all other children activities (barn yard animals, a cow train, a jump pillow and an apple cannon) will start.

Historic Orchard at Altapass 
Address: 1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: (828) 765-9531
*Orchard is currently open for 2023 season. Call before you go. Also offers walking trails and activities for children.

Justus Orchard
Address: 187 Garren Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 974-1232
*You-pick-apples open for the 2023 season. Tour the orchard, visit the ducks in the pond as well as the farm animals, let the kids take a ride on the Cow Train through the orchard, and don’t leave without a stop at its bakery or Apple House for pre-picked apples, honey, jams, jellies and preserves, and other homemade goodies.

Kordick Family Farm (*pre-picked apples only)
Address: 1259 Joyce Acres Road in Westfield, NC 27053 (near Pilot Mountain)
Phone: 336-351-5186
*Open for 2023 season. They grow 170 varieties of heirloom apples and while not a certified organic farm, everything is holistically-grown (check their website for an explanation of practices). While there, visit the farm store — a restored tobacco packhouse, filled with orchard mercantile such as fresh apples, apple butter, apple cider syrup, apple jams and jellies, apple-wood crafts. They also have plenty of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, and broom corn for fall decorations.  Dogs are welcome on the premises, but for food safety reasons, they are not allowed in the orchard or packhouse.

Levering Orchard
Address: 163 Levering Lane, Ararat, VA 24053
Phone: (276) 755-2224
*2023 season begins September 4.

Millstone Creek Orchards
Address: 506 Parks Crossroad Church Road, Ramseur, NC 27316
Phone: (336) 824-5263
*You-pick apple season begins September 2023. Visit their website for exact dates, times and activities that will be offered.

Perry Lowe Orchards 
Address: 8741 North Carolina 16, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Phone: 336.921.3123
*2023 season begins in September. Retail apples, apple cider and produce, and offers fun U-Pick tours in the fall for schools, families, churches, groups, and others. In addition, they offer apples and apple cider for wholesale.

Skytop Orchards
Address: 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone: (828) 692-7930
*You-pick apples open for 2023. In addition to a long list of apple varieties, the orchard offers panoramic views, orchard ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, a bamboo forest to explore, and lots of picnic areas.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Address: 221 Stepp Orchard Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-9083
*Open for 2023 season in mid-August. The farm includes several pre-picked fruit options, as well as a five-acre corn maze, apple cannon, and a nature trail. Check opening dates with the farm before heading out! Tractor pulls and apple cannons only available on weekends.

Is there a favorite orchard of yours that we missed? Email us and we will add it to our list. In addition, if you have feedback or tips for any of the locations above, please leave a comment below!

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