Local mom Kristina shares her list of where you can pick apples near Spartanburg.
Fall is just around the corner and that means its apple picking season. Get ready for delicious apple pies, apple crisp, cider doughnuts, muffins, breads, apple sauce or just to crunch into those crisp, fresh apples. There’s nothing like that just picked taste. Sweet or tangy, green or red, whatever your taste, there’s an orchard nearby to satisfy that perfect apple flavor craving. Grab the kids, pack a lunch, and enjoy some time at a nearby apple orchard. We have a list of orchards within two hours of Spartanburg, though most aren’t more than an hour or so away, to help you get started. Happy apple picking!
Ready to pick your own apples this fall?
Before you head to the orchard, be sure to call ahead to check on hours and apple varieties available. Additionally, many orchards have a Facebook page for updates, a list of upcoming events, changed hours and list of fruits available.
Spartanburg’s Nivens Farms is not on this year’s list because they closed three seasons ago. They have endorsed Johnson Farms in nearby Inman, which has many of the same family-friendly things to do that Nivens provided. However, Johnson Farms’ trees are too new to produce fruit for u-pick apple picking. If you want to pick your own apples, you’ll need to try a different orchard.
Just a few miles from the Chattanooga River, Bryson’s Apple Orchard is also close to gorgeous waterfalls and many hiking places (so maybe hiking and apple picking one day this fall?). The Long Creek area, according to their website, is one of the “largest apple producing areas east of the Mississippi River.”
At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies this gorgeous farm and orchard, which is not only a working farm but also a popular wedding venue. Besides a pick-your-own experience, Chattooga Belle Farm also offers cabin rentals, a bistro for lunch and dinner, disc golf, and an amazing variety of exotic fruits like Asian pears, figs, paw paws, and persimmons.
Pick your own apples at Coston Farm or grab some pre-picked apples and pumpkins in their Apple House, with bakery and gift shop. Like other orchards, they also offer delicious baked goods and apples already picked for sale.
Primarily known for their incredible peaches, Fisher’s Orchard also grows apples that are available for picking in the fall (call for exact dates). The Fall Festival at Fisher’s Orchard runs October 1- 31. The farm is open Saturdays to the public, and weekdays for school groups. Enjoy a wagon ride, the maze and the animals for only $5. This farm is perfect for small children.
With over 20 different varieties of apples, you are bound to find a favorite at Grandad’s Apples N’ Such. They also have a bakery on-site that sells pies, donuts, caramel apples and cider. Activities for kids include a pumpkin patch, barnyard animals that children can feed and a corn maze. Grandad’s Apples N’ Such offers pick-your-own apples, a bakery, and photo ops.
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Pick your own blackberries, apples and pumpkins or opt for the ones picked for you! Located in a picturesque part of Hendersonville with views of the mountains, Justus Orchard is the perfect place to go apple picking. Their apple cider donuts are also a treat not to be missed. Justus Orchard also offers a cow train ride through the orchard for the kids, bouncing pillow, farm animals and a pond with ducks.
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Offers mountain views, ponds with ducks and geese, farm animals, play structures and apple and fruit trees that you can pick from yourself. This orchard is a local favorite spot due to its amazing views and close proximity to Greenville. Don’t miss the amazing apple cider donuts.
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Guests have been picking their own apples at the 70 acre working farm at Stepps Hillcrest Orchard for over 45 years. The farm is open daily, with extra farm activities offered on weekends. The U-pick pumpkin patch opens in October for even more family fun!
The owners of the Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill got their start 20 years ago when they wanted to create the perfect apple cider (they apparently succeeded). Their main apple variety is the Stayman Winesapp and u-pick opens up in late August. The orchard asks that everyone 2 years of age and older have their own pre-purchased bag before heading into the orchard.
Do you have a go-to for apple picking to add to our list? Include it in the comments!