The time is ripe for some good old-fashioned apple picking fun in North Georgia. There’s a bushel of excitement to be had when you head to the country, from fresh air and exercise to crisp deliciousness for the perfect virtual learning snack break. Keep reading for where to find this season’s bumper crops, open generally through the end of October.
B.J. Reece Apple House
Family-owned B.J. Reece Apple House harvests Braeburn, Mutsu Golden, Red Delicious, Red Rome Beauty apples from early September through the end of October. Kids will love the apple cannon, petting farm, cow train and wagon rides (offered on weekends only). To sweeten the deal even more—and entice them back in the car for the ride home—there is also an on-site bakery offering delicious, freshly-baked breads, donuts and fried pies. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Covid Update: They ask that you maintain your distance at all times, even when outside on over 100 acres in their U-pick farm. There are hand washing stations in the orchards and hand sanitizer is available. Stay updated via Facebook and their website for changes regarding their Covid 19 policy.
9131 Highway 52 E, Ellijay
Hillside Orchard Farm
Open in September, weather permitting, this family farm offers special picking bags for their varieties in the pick-ur-own section of their farm. The hayride to the barnyard will be running starting the first weekend in October, and goat feed is available for purchase. Kids will get a kick out of the giant sandbox, animals, playground, and farm train. Open Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun. from 1-6 p.m.
18 Sorghum Mill Dr., Lakemont
On weekends through October, visit Hillcrest Orchards for its “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee.” Kids can pick their own apples from Hillcrest’s dwarf apple trees, milk a cow and enjoy the jumping pillow, giant slide, corn maze, "Hillbilly" mini golf, mule-drawn wagon rides through the orchard, pedal cars, a petting farm and even pig races. Adults will love the on-site Moonshine Museum and apple cider doughnuts. Open daily 9 am. to 6 p.m.
Covid Update: Hillcrest Orchards will have temperature checks prior to entry, and masks are required for indoor shopping and cow milking. Visitors are asked to practice social distancing, wash hands often and handle only the products you intend to purchase.
9696 Highway 52 E, Ellijay
Red Apple Barn
Red Apple Barn offer u-pick apples throughout September and a pumpkin patch in October. Apple picking ends in September or whenever all apples have been picked. Take a tractor ride on a tour of the farm and then gobble up goodies like caramel apples, apple donuts and fresh apple cider in the barn. Open Sat. from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. from 1-4 p.m.
3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay
Remember to always call ahead since farm hours and crop availability are constantly in flux. Also note that many farms are cash only so hit the bank before hitting the road! Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and water!
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