Ready to live out your basic fall dreams? Here's where you can pick apples in every state.
What is autumn without a family outing to the apple orchard? After all, you don’t have to live on the East Coast to enjoy an idyllic afternoon plucking fresh fruit from the trees. There are thousands of orchards scattered across the country. We’ve rounded up some of the top apple picking destinations across the country to help you find an orchard close to home.
Scott’s Orchard, Hazel Green
Scott’s Orchard is a family-owned and-operated business that cultivates 18 different varieties of apples on their 100-acre farm. They also grow peaches and carry fresh cider, vegetables, molasses and honey.
Clark’s Apple Orchard, Anchorage
Who wouldn’t want to go apple picking in Alaska? Clark’s Apple Orchard began in the 1960s and now has more than 200 apple trees in 20 different varieties. Their organically grown apples are sold by the pound.
Apple Annie’s, Wilcox
Guests can enjoy fruit orchards, the pumpkin patch or the country store at Apple Annie’s. Their elevation of 4,300 feet provides the right amount of warm days and cool nights to make their produce exceptionally delicious.
Cox Berry Farm, Clarksville
Cox Berry Farm is a working berry farm and pumpkin patch, which means you can enjoy a genuine picking experience or purchase a variety of pre-picked items like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, apples and pumpkins.
Clearview Orchards, Watsonville
Fuji, Honeycrisp and Mutsu are just a few of the organic apple varieties available at Clearview Orchards. They also have fresh pressed juice, dried lavender, apple turnovers and other treats to take home and enjoy later.
YaYa Farm and Orchard, Longmont
YaYa Farm is immensely popular in Colorado, and for good reason. This century-old farm grows beautiful heirloom apple varieties using organic and natural methods. They’re so good you can taste the difference.
Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
Connecticut offers an idyllic backdrop for an afternoon of apple picking, and where better to go than Lyman Orchards in Middlefield? Pick everything from apples and peaches to pears and pumpkins, or purchase pre-picked items at the farm market.
Fifer Orchards, Camden-Wyoming
In addition to offering an exceptional apple picking experience, Fifer Orchards is home to some of the most intricate and impressive corn mazes in the country. Take advantage of their farm activities – you won’t regret it.
Showcase of Citrus, Clermont
OK, so there may not be any apple orchards in Florida, but why not visit one of the premier citrus orchards in The Sunshine State instead? Showcase of Citrus is guaranteed to make all your fruit picking dreams come true.
Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge
Four generations of family members have tended Mercier Orchards since it began in 1943. From fresh apples and hard cider to jams, jellies and apple butter in the market, everyone can find something to savor here.
Kula Country Farms, Kula
Hawaii might not be known for apple orchards, but they are known for a plethora of other fruit and produce. Spend an afternoon at Kula Country Farms and take advantage of all the delicious U-pick options Hawaii has to offer.
Cabalo’s Orchard & Gardens, Kuna
You’ll want to plan a full afternoon at Cabalo’s Orchard and Gardens in Kuna. With unpasteurized apple cider, a smattering of apple varieties, and more peppers and chilies than you can count, guests tend to linger here for a while.
Edwards Apple Orchard, Poplar Grove
Edwards Apple Orchard got its start in the early 1960s and has long since been a destination for local families and tourists alike. Make sure to enjoy some of their apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider while you’re there.
County Line Orchard, Hobart
Spending an autumn afternoon in the apple orchard is probably the most tranquil way to enjoy the season. County Line Orchard makes it easier than ever with their 30 apple varieties and scenic tractor rides through country fields.
Wilson’s Orchard, Iowa City
Wilson’s Orchard was first purchased by German immigrants in the 1850s but didn’t dive into the apple picking business until the 1980s. Honeycrisp apples continue to be fan favorites, but there are plenty of options to choose from if you want something else.
Cider Hill Family Orchard, Kansas City
Families from all around flock to Cider Hill Family Orchard in the fall to enjoy a day of apple picking. But you should also make time to feast on cider donuts, kettle corn and apple cider slushes while you’re on the property. You can even go for a hayride or find a few goodies in their cottage store.
Evan’s Orchard, Georgetown
Evan’s Orchard looks like a postcard. Covering 175 acres, this farm grows everything from apples and peaches to vegetables that are hand-picked and sold in their farm market. Of course, picking your own apples is still the primary crowd pleaser.
Eddie Romero’s Orchard, New Iberia
Treworgy Family Orchards, Levant
Opening a pick-your-own apple orchard was in the cards from the very beginning at Treworgy Family Orchard. Families can enjoy some old-fashioned farm fun with opportunities to pick apples, berries, pumpkins and squash on these 42 picturesque countryside acres.
Milburn Orchards, Elkton
Milburn Orchards in Elkton is home to an impressive pick-your-own orchard, but they also have a farm market, bake shop and offer spaces for parties and tours. You can always find something to enjoy here.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow
It doesn’t get much more charming than Honey Pot Hill Orchards. Their pick-your-own apple varieties include McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Spartans, Empire, Red Delicious and Macoun.
Blake’s Orchard, Armada
When fall is in full swing, the team at Blake’s Orchard in Armada, MI, are ready to welcome visitors. They have an abundance of apple varieties and two locations to choose from, so check their website to start making plans.
Minnesota Harvest, Jordan
Minnesota Harvest has all kinds of apple varieties waiting for you to pick. Pop into their Apple Lodge when you arrive to pick up as many 10-pound U-pick bags as you want before you get started.
Cherry Creek Orchards, Pontotoc
Locally owned and operated Cherry Creek Orchards has all kinds of fresh produce to pick on your own. You can also purchase fresh pre-picked items if you’d rather get straight to savoring local produce.
Historic Weston Orchard & Vineyard, Weston
Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold and Red Delicious are just a few of the twelve varieties of apples growing at Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyard. Plus, all ages can enjoy the picking experience here thanks to the orchard’s dwarf trees.
Green Bench Orchard, Missoula
If you want to visit one of the most kid-friendly orchards in the country, look no farther than Green Bench in Missoula. They grow eight apple varieties and have more than 82 kid-height apple trees so the whole family can enjoy the day.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, Gretna
You can’t pass up the opportunity to visit a combination pumpkin patch and apple orchard in the fall. Autumn Crisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Cortland, Jonagold, Crimson Crisp, Winecrisp, Shizuka and Golden Delicious are all available at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Orchard this year.
Gilcrease Orchard, Las Vegas
You may be surprised to discover Gilcrease Orchards in Las Vegas, but no one leaves this orchard feeling disappointed. Their apple picking prices are some of the best, and they also carry a variety of tasty treats like donuts and caramel apples to enjoy on your way home.
Applecrest Farm, Hampton Falls
Applecrest Farm is a multigenerational farm in this quaint New Hampshire town that has all kinds of fun and seasonal offerings. Choose from half-bushel and peck orders or pick-your-own and walk away with enough apples to last you all season long.
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
General admission at Demarest Farms includes entrance to the orchard and free parking. All that’s left is to purchase your apple bag and get to picking!
Cadwallader Mountain Farms, Mountain Park
Cadwallader Mountain Farms has been in operation since the early 1940s, and they still do a great job providing everything from apples and peaches to vegetables and other tasty delights to locals and residents alike.
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
You have to make reservations to enjoy the apple picking experience at Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction this year, but they continue to offer U-pick experiences and farm store shopping for those interested.
Grandad’s Apples N’ Such, Hendersonville
Autumn isn’t over until you’ve made the trip to Grandad’s Apples N’ Such in Hendersonville, NC. For four generations, they’ve been growing apples on their 100 acre farm and aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.
Oxbow Orchards, Grafton
CherryHawk Farm, Marysville
Livesay Orchards, Porter
Porter is the official peach capital of Oklahoma. But in addition to delicious peaches, Livesay Orchards grows everything from apples to pumpkins. U-pick is only available on certain days, so be sure to call before you arrive.
Mt. View Orchards, Mount Hood
Tucked away in a beautiful town north of Mt. Hood is Mt. View Orchards. For more than 50 years, this family farm has produced delicious apples for the community to enjoy – plus, you get to enjoy fantastic views while you’re there.
Solebury Orchards, New Hope
Solebury Orchards is an 80-acre orchard growing a multitude of fruits like apples, peaches, blueberries, pears, plums and more. They offer pick-your-own as well as pre-picked purchases in their farm market.
Knight Farm, North Scituate
You know you’ve come to the right orchard when you can pick your own fruit and stay for a delicious meal in the local restaurant. Knight Farm even has an ice cream shop and cider donut bakery. What more could you ask for?
Bryson’s Apple Orchards, Mountain Rest
Bryson’s Apple Orchards is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by scenic views and breathtaking landscapes. Like many orchards this year, they are offering U-pick opportunities as well as pre-picked fruit for those who want to go that route.
Country Apple Orchard, Harrisburg
Country Apple Orchard began in 1964 and today has around 6,000 apple trees in 13 different varieties. There’s something for everyone at this farm!
Wheeler’s Orchard & Vineyard, Dunlap
Wheeler’s Orchard & Vineyard is one of the only sustainable orchards in the Southeast. They also have 20 apple varieties, from Blush Golden to Shizuka, so you have plenty to choose from when you come here for an afternoon of apple picking.
The Orchard, Idalou
Burgess Orhards, Alpine
Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne
Life is admittedly a little different this year, but Shelburne Orchards has made accommodations to fit every need. You can enjoy the U-pick orchard experience or take advantage of the drive-through orchard store for apples, pears, apple cider and cider donuts.
Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville
When apple season arrives, there’s no better place to go than Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville. You can make reservations to enjoy the orchard in a traditional way or order tickets for the pre-picked apples and a scenic drive through experience where you don’t have to leave your car.
Bellewood Farms, Lynden
How often do you get to visit a farm that maintains both an apple orchard and distillery? You can still enjoy the country charm of Lynden while picking apples or purchasing treats from the gift shop or cafÃ© during a visit to Bellewood Farms.
Rellim Orchard, Kearneysville
If you really enjoy the apple picking experience at Rellim Orchard, you can purchase quality fruit trees at great prices at this farm in Kearneysville, WV.
Apple Holler, Sturtevant
Apple Holler is located near the Great Lakes, which means the environmental conditions are perfect for growing incredible apples. Make a day of apple picking and enjoying a meal at the orchard and restaurant here in Sturtevant.
Laramie Farmer’s Market, Laramie
Wyoming is known for cold weather, which means it isn’t the best place to cultivate an apple orchard. However, you can still stock up on delicious fall fruit at Laramie’s Farmer Market. They even carry apples from neighboring states so you can get what you need to enjoy all those autumn treats.
This list first appeared on our sister site, FarmFlavor.com.