Autumn is almost upon us! For some of you, that means summer is coming to a close and the school year grind has already begun. But the end of summer doesn’t need to be a drag for everyone. In fact, there are plenty of reasons for celebration this fall—for example, the fact you can pick the juiciest, sweetest, apples right from the tree! Apple orchards are scattered all over Georgia, and the changing of the seasons means that you’ll have quite a few to choose from. Take a look at a few charming apple orchards we’ve found.
1. B.J. Reece Orchards— 9131 Hwy 52 E, Ellijay, GA 30536
This apple orchard in Ellijay is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family. It's not just fresh apples though, that you can munch on. There are also jams, jellies, preserves, syrups and baked goods for you to choose from!
2. Red Apple Barn— 3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540
At Red Apple Barn, the apple orchards are not only plentiful, but delicious! You can pick apples until your heart's content, as well as peruse the beautiful wildflowers and other seasonal growers.
3. Panorama Orchards & Farm Market— 63 Talona Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540
Panorama Orchards is very popular for residents and visitors to the state of Georgia. Not only do people claim these orchards have the best jam, pie, dressings, marinades, and fudge but also THE best apples they’ve ever tasted. You may need to try these bad boys for yourself.
4. Hillcrest Orchards— 9696 Hwy 52, Ellijay, GA 30536
Hillcrest is the perfect way to spend a cool afternoon with your kids. Their festival weekends are the most enjoyable, as you can apple pick as much as you’d like, plus snack on some delicious apple donuts that you won’t find anywhere else.
5. R&A Orchards— 5505 Hwy 52 E, East Ellijay, GA 30539
Apple Cider Donuts. I could just leave it at that, but there is so much more to offer at R&A Orchards. They have a TON of variety in their apples, so you can pick and choose which you like best. Plus you can snag yourself a piece of fried pie for the ride home.
6. Hudson Apple House— 8036 Highway 52, East Ellijay, GA 30539
Hudson Apple House is a bit less known compared to a few of the other apple orchards on this list, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get the recognition. They serve up an abundance of apples, all of which are juicy and sweet, the likes of which you may have never tried before.
7. Jaemor Farms— 5340 Cornelia Hwy, Alto, GA 30510
Jaemor Farms is a pretty popular place, especially on weekends. They have all types of snacks, from fried pies to tasty boiled peanuts. The farm itself has been around since 1912, so they have been producing fresh produce for more than a century. How about that for charm and reliability?
8. Mercier Orchards— 8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Mercier Orchards truly is a beautiful place. You can spend a sunny day picking apples, and enjoying a cool autumn breeze. Then head back to the main building and snack on some hot, fresh pie. Apples galore here at Mercier.