While many associate apple season with crisp, cool fall days and orange and yellow leaves, apple ripening season occurs in North Carolina anywhere from late August to early October. For pick-your-own, the best time of year to plan a trip is now. Wondering exactly where? These eight orchards not only provide you with sweet, juicy apples but also a one-of-a-kind experience you can only expect from the best apple orchards in NC.

Still wondering what to do in the fall in North Carolina? Picking apples is a beloved way to ring in the fall season and a tradition for many! We’ve just highlighted some of the best apple orchards in NC. Which one will you visit first?

While planning fall events, you’ll want to hop on board for these. Also, hiking is a wonderful thing to do in the fall in North Carolina. Check out our Ultimate Hiking Packing List before you hit the trails!

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Best Apple Orchards In North Carolina

Where can I go apple picking in North Carolina?

For some of the best apple picking in North Carolina, head to the following places:

  • Apple Hill Orchard and Cider Mill in Morganton
  • Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville
  • Justus Orchard in Hendersonville
  • Costos Farm and Apple House in Hendersonville.


More information on all of these can be found in the article above, except for Costos Farm and Apple House at 3748 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville, NC, 28792. It's located just up the road from Lydia Farms, which is mentioned above. When it comes to ripe apples picked fresh from the tree, you can't go wrong anywhere you find them in North Carolina.

When is the best time to visit an apple orchard in North Carolina?

Apples ripen on the trees in North Carolina a bit ahead of the visible change of season seen in the changing of the colors of the leaves. More than 20 varieties of apples thrive in the Tar Heel State and ripening of some varieties begins as early as July in some areas. Other varieties aren't ready until late September or early October. To best get an idea of what varieties are ripening at a particular orchard, refer to their website or Facebook page, where you can usually find a calendar of expected harvest dates.

What are the best farms to visit in the fall in North Carolina?

Come fall, pumpkin patches and corn mazes abound in the Tar Heel State! Whether you're seeking a pumpkin or just adventurous corn maze fun this season (or both) head to the following best farms in North Carolina to find family fun:

  • Ken's Korny Maze in Garner
  • Hubbs Corn Maze in Clinton
  • Gross Farms in Sanford
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm outside of Asheville
  • Deal Farms in Franklin
  • Mike's Farm in Beulaville.

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