Best Orchards for Your Family to Pick Apples This Fall (2023)

September 11, 2023

Georgia Apple Festival   |   Tips for Apple Picking with Kids     |   Apple Recipes

In Georgia, apple picking season begins in late August and the U-Pick season typically continues through mid/late-October, depending on the weather.  We recommend calling ahead to see what varieties are in season when you plan to go.   And, for those who don't feel like picking apples, but want to celebrate everything "apple," check out the Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay, GA), October 14th - 15th, October 21st - 22nd this year.

BJ Reece Apple Orchard
9131 Georgia 52  Ellijay, GA

Activities: Offers U-pick orchards, a country bakery, petting farm, pony rides and much more.
Dates/Hours: U-Pick - August 26-October 29. Saturdays: 9am to 6pm. Sundays 1pm to 6pm
Prices: Farm Fun admission is $13.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, pig races, petting zoo, wagon ride, and cow milking. Super Fun admission is $18.00 and includes: Farm Fun, plus jumping pillow play time & cow train ride. Mega Fun admission is $26.00 and includes: Farm Fun, Super Fun and 3 apples to shoot at the cannons, pony ride (under 70 lbs), scavenger hunt and mega slide!

Hillcrest Orchards
9696 Hwy. 52 East, Ellijay, GA

Activities: Small children will especially enjoy picking from Hillcrest’s dwarf trees with apples hanging well within reach. At the "Apple Pickin' Jubilee" you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch our swimming pig races, and watch live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage.
Dates/Hours:  Sept. 3 - Oct. 31 - 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Nov.1 - Nov.30 - 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Prices:  Weekdays $12 per person (walking age and up), Weekends $18 per person.  Includes apple tree maze, pig races, cow milking demo, the petting farm, wagon rides and all our playgrounds - including the giant slides, kiddie corn maze playground, trike rides, jumping pillow and the new shooting gallery.  General Admission required before entering u-pick area.

U-Pick Only

Mercier Apple Orchard
8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA. 800-361-7731

Dates/Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm (or until we are picked out!) 

Prices: $14 Admission – Includes a tractor ride into the orchard as well as a bag for your delicious apples. (Children 2 And Under Are Free & But Do Not Get A Container).

R & A Orchards
5505 GA-52, Ellijay, GA. 706-273-3821

Load up your family and friends to pick your own apples right off the tree! U-Pick apples are offered during apple season weekends 

Dates/Hours:  Sept - Oct, Open 7 days a week 8:30am to 6:00pm

Red Apple Barn
3379 Tailscreek Rd., Ellijay, GA. 706-635-5898

Come Enjoy The Farm This Fall. Apple Picking, Pumpkins and Fun!  The Pumpkin Patch Is Planned To Open In Late September.

Dates/Hours:  Sat 10:30am -5:00pm; Sunday 1pm - 4pmSeptember – November or until all the apples are picked.
Prices: $10.75 plus tax admission includes a Tractor ride to and from the orchard, an apple from the Orchard, a cup of apple cider, an apple cider doughnut, 3 flowers, playground for the kids, admission to Pumpkin Patch.  Children 2 and under are free.  Rate for additional apples. Taxes not included: Quarter Peck- $6.00, Half Peck $10.00.

Macaroni Kid Peachtree City-Fayetteville-Newnan is a FREE weekly newsletter and website focused on fun family events, activities, classes and information in Fayette and Coweta Counties. We proudly serve families in Tyrone, Fayetteville, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Brooks, Newnan and Peachtree City!