By TMoM Team Member Katie Moosbrugger

Apple picking is always a fun adventure for families, and a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. For the 2021 season, however, it is slim pickings at many local orchards due to a last spring frost that affected our area.

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 venue and confirm that the apples are ripe for picking before you visit.  Also, be sure to check 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.

Currently Open

Apple Hill Orchard
Website: applehillorchard.com
Address: 2075 Pleasant Hill Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: (828) 437-1224
* Orchard includes a pick-your-own flower field, a cider mill, a country store, and a bakery

Bee Sweet Orchards
Website: beesweetorchards.com/fruit-schedule.html
Address: 2229 Pannel Rd Reidsville, NC
Phone: (336) 427-6933
* Offers a variety of apples

Billy Laughter Orchards
Website: visitnc.com/listing/yXhT/billy-laughter-orchards
Address: 111 Tullahoma Farms Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-3241
*Limited supply for 2021. Call before you go to confirm there are apples available. Once there, you’ll also find great Fall Harvest decorations such as pumpkins, Indian corn, winter squash and gourds.

Coston’s Apple House/Coston Farm Products
Website: costonfarm.com/nc-apples-pumpkins
Address: 3748 Chimney Rock Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-8352
*Slim pickings for the 2021 season; be sure to call before you go to confirm apples will be available. 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
Website: facebook.com/CreasmanFarms
Address: 280 Bent Arrow Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-7728
*Limited supply for the 2021 season; be sure to call before you go to confirm apples will be available.

Historic Orchard at Altapass 
Website: altapassorchard.org
Address: 1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: (828) 765-9531
*Orchard is currently open, but apple supply for 2021 is TBD. Call before you go. Also offers walking trails and activities for children.

Justus Orchard
Website: justusorchard.com
Address: 187 Garren Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 974-1232
*You-pick-apples open for the 2021 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)
Websitekordickfamilyfarm.com
Address: 1259 Joyce Acres Road in Westfield, NC 27053 (near Pilot Mountain)
Phone: 336-351-5186
*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, and 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
Website: leveringorchard.com
Address: 163 Levering Lane, Ararat, VA 24053
Phone: (276) 755-2224
*2021 season begins Labor Day. Now through end of August, you could bring a lawn chair and enjoy their outdoor theatre (although shows are geared more towards adults).

Millstone Creek Orchards
Website: millstonecreekorchards.com/u-pick-fruit
Address: 506 Parks Crossroad Church Road, Ramseur, NC 27316
Phone: (336) 824-5263
*You-pick apple season begins September 2021. Visit their website for exact dates, times and activities that will be offered.

Skytop Orchards
Website: skytoporchard.com/skytop_pickingschedule_page.htm
Address: 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone: (828) 692-7930
*You-pick apples opens August 20, 2021. 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.

Closed for the Season

Carrigan Farms
Website: carriganfarms.com/the-farm/pick-your-own
Address: 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Phone: (704) 664-1450
*Not offering apple picking for the 2021 season due to the early April frost.

Century Farm Orchards
Website: centuryfarmorchards.com/nursery/nurseryandorchards.html
Address: 1614 Rice Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320
Phone: (336) 349-5709
*Not offering apple picking for the 2021 season

Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
Website: grandadsapples.com/fresh-apples
Address: 2951 Chimney Rock Road Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-1685
*Due to late season freeze, no pick-your-own apples available for 2021 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.

Hill’s Orchard & Vineyard
Website: orangepippin.com/orchards/united-states/north-carolina/hills-orchard-vineyard
Address: 4554 Finch Farm Road, Trinity, NC 27370
Phone: (336) 475-7042
*Not open for 2021 season.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Website: steppapples.com
Address: 221 Stepp Orchard Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 685-9083
*No pick-your-own apples for the 2021 season. However, 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.

Stoney Hollow Farm
Website: stoneyhollowfarm.org
Address: 944 Ollies Creek Rd., Robbinsville, NC 28771
Phone: (828) 735-2983
*No pick-your-own apples for the 2021 season.

Windy Hill Orchards
Website: windyhillorchards.com
Address: 176 Windy Hill Lane, Ararat, VA 24053
Phone: (276) 251-5222
*No pick-your-own apples for the 2021 season. In the future, to find this farm, do not use GPS. Use directions from the “Contact” page on their website.

Got another favorite 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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