If you appreciate enjoying a delicious apple or hard cider while admiring the gorgeous autumn landscape of our breathtaking state, then we have the perfect weekend activity for you! Charlotte has a number of cider mills and cideries less than a two hour drive from our city, and they are great places to visit in the fall when the trees are changing and air is cool and crisp.
Plan a day trip to hit as many as you can, or pick one to explore and spend the day learning how the cider is made and tasting a variety of flavors until you find your favorite. These are
our favorites that we think you’ll love too!
1. Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is located in York, South Carolina, just 35 miles southwest of Charlotte. A family owned orchard, Windy Hill offers guests homemade hard cider, fresh pressed apple cider, and tons of tasty apple products.
Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is open every fall from mid-August to December.
It is the perfect place to visit if you are interested in trying different fresh made ciders while enjoying the beautiful view of the orchards. Throughout the fall season, Windy Hill hosts events like hard cider tastings, an oyster roast, and more. Check out Windy Hill events schedule
and plan your trip before the season ends!
Address: 1860 Black Hwy., York, SC 29745
2. Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is located in Morganton, about an hour and half away from Charlotte in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is a great day trip or spot to spend the afternoon when you're looking for an activity that will keep you busy for a few hours.
Apple Hill offers customers fresh ciders, a country store filled with amazing apple products, and regular tours of the orchard.
One of our favorite things about Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is its bakery, which features the most delicious baked goods you could imagine. From apple cider donuts to apple pies, muffins, and tarts, a visit is worth the trip just for all the amazing goodies you can bring home!
Address: 2075 Pleasant Hill Ave., Morganton, NC 28655
3. Red Clay Ciderworks
Red Clay Ciderworks is a cidery that opened in Charlotte in 2015. Charlotte's first cidery, Red Clay Ciderworks offers guests a variety of delicious home brewed ciders and fun brewery-type atmosphere in which to enjoy them.
Our favorite variety at Red Clay Ciderworks is the Queen City Common.
Clean and crisp, Queen City Common is a semi-dry cider with medium carbonation. It is easily enjoyed all year long and is Red Clay Ciderworks' flagship cider. If you are a cider drinker, Red Clay Ciderworks is a great place to add to your list of places in Charlotte where you can enjoy the delicious, bubbly beverage.
Address: 245 Clanton Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
4. Good Road Ciderworks
GoodRoad Ciderworks is another Charlotte cidery located on Southside Drive, near Southend. GoodRoad Ciderworks is known for their hand-crafted ciders and meads, and it's a great place to stop in if you're interested in tasting and learning about the cider making process.
GoodRoad Ciderworks has quickly become a Charlotte hot spot for cider lovers.
On any given Saturday, you can head out to enjoy your favorite cider with your neighbors, catch local music, and even go on a tour if you desire. Located near other popular breweries and distilleries in Charlotte, this is a great place to start a brewery hop this weekend.
Address: 117 Southside Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217
5. Sky Top Orchard
Sky Top Orchard is a little bit further than others on this list; it's located in Flat Rock, NC just under two hours from Charlotte.
This is a great place to visit if you have the whole day or if you are planning to make a weekend trip to the mountains.
Sky Top Orchard is open throughout the fall season and offers beautiful mountain views, delicious apple cider (including hard varieties), and all the bushels of apples for purchase you could imagine. Regular tours of the apple press are led throughout the day and Sky Top Hard Cider is available in the gift shop to take home. A great place for kids (for the non-hard cider varieties, of course), this spot should be on your road trip list this fall.
Address: 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731
6. Bull City Ciderworks
Bull City Ciderworks is another cool cidery located in Lexington, NC, just a little over an hour's drive from Charlotte.
Bull City Ciderworks is named after Durham, NC - The Bull City, as its first location came to life there.
Open every Thursday through Sunday, Bull City Ciderworks offers regular cidery tours, as well as live music every Sunday. They have 16 taps, all with specialty hard ciders and beers, and their taproom is a fun place to hang - they offer games like cornhole to keep you entertained! Children and dogs are welcome, so this is a great place to stop-in for a drink or to just relax the next time you're in the area.
Address: 521 S Salisbury St., Lexington, NC 27292
In addition to these awesome cider mills and cideries, many of Charlotte’s local breweries serve homemade ciders as well. Check out our recent article featuring
the hottest breweries in Charlotte and plan your own brew tour!