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Best Orchards for Your Family to Pick Apples This Fall (2022)

September 10, 2022


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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 8th - 9th, October 15th - 16th 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 27-September 30. Saturdays: 9am to 6pm. Sundays 1pm to 6pm
Prices: Farm Fun admission is $13.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, duck races, petting farm play time, wagon ride around the farm and admission to the pig races. Super Fun admission is $18.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, duck races, petting farm play time, wagon ride around the farm, admission to the pig races, milk the cow, jumping pillow play time & cow train ride. Mega Fun admission is $26.00 and includes: Farm slide, corn box, duck races, petting farm play time, wagon ride around the farm, admission to the pig races, milk the cow, jumping pillow play time, cow train ride, 3 apples to shoot at the cannons, pony ride (under 70 lbs), admission to corn maze and the NEW 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:  The “Apple Pickin’ Jubilee” is this orchard’s apple picking festival and runs every Saturday and Sunday from September 1 through the end of October 31.
Prices:  $18 per person (walking age and up). Includes the petting farm, wagon rides and all our playgrounds- including the giant slides, kiddie corn maze playground, trike rides, jumping pillow and the new ball zone.


U-Pick Only


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

Dates/Hours: 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays

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).


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 - 4pm in September and October.
Prices: $10 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, games, picnic areas and playground for the kids.  Children 2 and under are free.  












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