Apple Picking in Georgia – The notion of apple picking is one that conjures up romantic images of happy families exploring picturesque orchards and picking crisp red fruit with golden leaves. Add to that stunning location of Georgia and the perfect family activity has been created, with no tech in sight! As you explore Georgia in the autumn be sure to get out into the countryside to enjoy the delights of the traditional, bucolic orchards and take some time enjoying the most classic of fall activities – pick-your-own apples! Apple picking season in Georgia begins in late August and continues through to late September.
Please do check opening times and more details with each farm before your visit, just in case anything has changed since we published this post. Enjoy your apple picking!
9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536
“Visit the most popular apple orchard and farm market in the North Georgia Mountains located near Ellijay, Georgia. We are a short 1.5 hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia or Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hillcrest Orchards is a seasonal business and is only open during the months of September, October & November. Hillcrest is family owned and operated and has been growing apples and fun for children, adults and seniors since 1946.
One bag size is offered for u-pick- 1/2 peck. Call for pricing.
After you enter the festival area you can purchase your u-pic bag and fill it anytime during the day.
Varieties in the U-Pic Orchard:
- Rome Beauty
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Arkansas Black
Admission includes the petting farm, wagon rides and all our playgrounds- including the giant slides, kiddie corn maze playground, trike rides, jumping pillow and the new ball zone.
The bakery is open every day and offers goodies such as fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts and our famous apple fritters.
The farm market is open every day and has bushels and bushels of tree ripened apples, cider, canned goods, honey, baskets, peelers, toys and so much more. So plan to fill your shopping bags here.”
B.J. Reece Orchards
9131 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536
The whole family can look forward to the warmest of welcomes at B.J Reece Orchards!
“B.J. Reece Orchards is a family owned and operated orchard in Ellijay, Georgia. Tucked in the North Georgia Mountains, we are the home to U-pick orchards, a country bakery, petting farm, pony rides and much more. We have been rated one of Georgia’s top “fun get-a-way” destinations.
At Reece Orchards, we want you to come play and enjoy our farm with us. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old friend or a new face around the farm, you’ll enjoy our family friendly atmosphere and some of the best apples in North Georgia.
Apple picking information –
“Step 1 : Monday – Friday the admission is $2 per person and on Saturday and
Sunday admission is $5 per person.
Step 2: Choose which size bag you would like to purchase to fill up with Apples.”
Varieties of apples available and when –
August – Ginger Gold, Gala, Empire
September – Honey Crisp, Blondies, September Wonders, Crimson Crisp, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagolds, Rome Beauty, Staymen Winesap
October – Cameo, Winecrisp, Shizua, Candy Crisp, Braeburn, Gold Rush, Arkansas Black, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Yates, Fuji
Red Apple Barn
3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, Georgia 30540
Pick-Your- Own apples in Georgia at the stunningly located Red Apple Farm.
“Come out and enjoy the beautiful Ellijay, Georgia mountains and the area with the best apple picking in Georgia!
Apple Picking/Tractor rides are on weekends in September, October and November or until all the apples are picked in the orchard.
Saturday is from 10:30am – 5:00pm. Sunday 1:00-4:00pm.
9.50 admission includes a Tractor ride to and from the orchard, an apple from the Orchard, a cup of apple cider(water if cider is unavailable), an apple cider doughnut, 2 flowers, water at the orchard, rock & pumpkin painting, games, picnic areas and playground for the kids.
Rate for additional apples in bins at the orchard:
Quarter Peck- 6.25 : Half Peck 9.50 : Peck 16.50 : Half bushel with basket $29
Includes all local & state taxes and applicable fees.
Walking to the orchard. You are welcome to walk to the orchard but will still need to pay and get your U-Pick sticker.
What to wear apple picking. You will be primarily on mountain sides so closed-toe shoes are recommended. Dress as you would for walking/hiking outdoors.
Pet Policy. Dogs are welcome but due to new Food Safety Regulations dogs are not permitted in the orchard or in the Apple Barn. You are welcome to bring small to medium size dogs on a leash or that you can walk/carry on the rest of the Farm. Please make sure to take them to the woods to use the bathroom or clean up after them with your own waste bag.
Have Fun! You can play Cornhole, Horse shoes, play games, make pictures at our small covered bridge across the creek, have a picnic, play in the field and take a walk in the hayfield. Come out and enjoy the farm and have a great time!”
There is a detailed and fascinating Apple Tasting Chart available on the website so you know which variety you would most like to pick!
Hillside Orchard Farms
18 Sorghum Mill Dr, Lakemont, GA 30552
Nestled in the Georgian mountains, and enjoying far reaching views, Hillside Orchard is the perfect destination for a family day out in the fresh air.
“If you are in the Neighborhood, we would like to invite you to come spend a day at with us at the farm. Our retail store and farm is rapidly becoming a destination point for all.
You can wonder out to the barnyard to feed our herd of nanny goats, say Hi to Festus our Donkey. Visit our Indoor gem mine and watch a show put on by the residents: “Miner Jim & Donkey”, In the summer months we have u-pick blackberries for all to enjoy along with a pavilon and playground. Pick blackberries and then enjoy ice cream while the kids play.
In the Fall, Many colors of apples and pumpkins mark the farm. In 2015 we introduced our u-pick Apple orchard to a great success. We have our yearly corn maze that opens in September, included in it a game telling more about an activity or a item on the farm. The Train and Hayride runs all day on their routes around the farm either to the apples or to the animals.”