Last Updated on September 23, 2021
Last Updated on September 23, 2021
If you plan to visit Western NC, please check beforehand to see if the area is safe following the recent flooding. Officials have closed some sections of Pisgah National Forest (including Forest Heritage Scenic Byway and Blue Ridge Parkway stops) to keep visitors out of danger. Please respect signage and local guidance.
Since we’re big fans of apples and the farms that produce them, we want to share 7 of our favorites with you here. Our guide includes all the details about them, including addresses and fun things to do at each one.
Before we get into those bucket list-worthy apple orchards in Hendersonville, you should know a few things about apple season and the state’s biggest apple festival. Here’s how we’ve organized the guide:
- When is Apple Season in North Carolina?
- North Carolina Apple Festival
- Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Apple Orchards in Hendersonville
- Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (and Henderson County)
- More Things to Do in Hendersonville (Related Articles)
You can scroll ahead to find a U-pick spot in the area or keep reading about when the season begins here.
This guide to apple orchards in Hendersonville is dedicated to one of our favorite things to do in North Carolina. While the season technically begins in summer, visiting these apple orchards is a great way to enjoy Fall in North Carolina!
When is Apple Season in North Carolina?
One fun fact to know about our apples is that North Carolina is the US’s 7th largest producer? Apple orchards in Hendersonville (and elsewhere in North Carolina) typically start seeing apples from mid-August to early November.
With the perfect climate in Western North Carolina, these farms can grow various apples, often 15- to 20-plus varieties!
When you visit the area (or if you live here), be prepared for busy orchards and surrounding businesses. We hope you’ll keep supporting local businesses as they work through one of their busiest seasons.
This is also one of our favorite times to go hiking in Hendersonville and its surroundings!
Note that because of a late freeze, the 2021 season might be shorter than usual! Always check with apple orchards’ social media pages before arriving to see how the U-Pick conditions are.
North Carolina Apple Festival
Always held during Labor Day Weekend, downtown Historic Hendersonville becomes abuzz for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival.
Taking over eight blocks of Main Street, you can shop from 200 vendors, view special exhibits, dig into tasty food, and of course, watch the popular King Apple Parade on Monday.
We included the festival among the best things to do in North Carolina in September!
Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Apple Orchards in Hendersonville
Before you go out for U-pick apples and related fun, please keep these tips in mind:
- As mentioned earlier, these apple orchards in Hendersonville are extremely popular! So plan to arrive early or during the week for a more peaceful experience.
- Always check each individual farm’s social media pages (typically Facebook or Instagram) prior to leaving. This is how they will communicate any changes, closings, and varieties that are available.
- Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. These are still working farms and the orchards can be unpredictable.
- Wear sunscreen and bug spray! It is still warm in North Carolina during apple season and while you think you might be covered by the apple trees, there’s still quite a lot of sun.
Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (and Henderson County)
We’ve organized these amazing apple orchards in Hendersonville in ABC order, so you don’t think we’re playing favorites.
Coston Farm and Apple House
3748 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville
Coston Farm and Apple House is the first of this guide’s amazing apple orchards in Hendersonville that we’ll feature. You can buy pre-picked fresh apples and baked goods from their bakery.
Coston Farm also sells fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, hay, and more.
Of course, you can pick apples by the bag here, with 20 varieties available. As with everywhere else in this guide, these varieties are available while supplies last.
2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville
Grandad’s Apples is one of the most recommended apple orchards in Hendersonville by our readers and Facebook group members! The 100-acre farm has been in the family for four generations and is a unique North Carolina experience.
Enjoy fall activities like their corn maze, apple cider donuts, and cider while surrounded by epic mountain views.
Jeter Mountain Farm
1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville
More than 400 acres make up Jeter Mountain Farm, a must-experience multigenerational farm near Hendersonville.
Enjoy a wagon ride to the orchards, watch cider being pressed, and make sure to frolic in the sunflower field!
With more than 20 varieties of apples and peaches, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and more; Jeter Mountain Farm is an excellent place to reconnect with the rich agricultural heritage we have in North Carolina.
187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville
Not far from Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard (see below), Justus Orchard offers apple picking and delicious baked treats. Enjoy local products, caramel apples, and a playground.
Justus is one orchard for you if you like a more farm-centered approach to apple picking. Also, like Stepp’s, Justus Orchard is a generational gem.
Mountain Fresh Orchards
2887 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville
Make it a double orchard day by visiting Mountain Fresh Orchards and Grandad’s Apples simultaneously!
On the same road, Mountain Fresh Orchards has apple picking, fresh-made pies, and an Apple Express train! With 17 varieties of apples, this farm is one of many that have great options for apple picking in Hendersonville.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
170 Stepp Orchard Dr, Hendersonville
A family-owned tradition for more than 50 years, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has provided a great apple picking experience in Hendersonville for generations.
The 70-acre farm boasts a 5-acre corn maze, u-pick pumpkins, an apple cannon, and plenty of activities for kids.
Twisted Apple Orchard
4039 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville
Twisted Apple Orchard offers organic apple picking in Hendersonville, as well as fresh-made pies, ice cream, and a farm stand with all organic fruits and vegetables.
They also have a really rad logo which just felt like it needed recognition!
Open for picking on Labor Day Weekend, Twisted Apple also has an incredible retail side to shop from. That way you can take home some souvenirs to remember this place long after apple season is over.
Sky Top Orchard
3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock
Sky Top Orchard is one of the best apple orchards in Hendersonville’s surroundings. People have been coming for years to taste their delicious varieties, but also the fun things to do around the farm.
For starters, grab an apple cider slushie and a few of the best apple cider donuts in North Carolina before you get started! The line starts forming pretty early, especially on busy days.
Panoramic views provide the perfect backdrop for u-pick, but we think you’ll enjoy a walk to see the ducks or on the other side, the goats, peacocks, and chickens!
If walking isn’t your kids’ style, they can enjoy a tractor ride that’ll run through the orchard.
Ready to Visit these Apple Orchards in Hendersonville?
Apple picking in North Carolina is a time-honored tradition, so why not visit the heart of North Carolina’s producers? We hope you’ll visit as many of these orchards in Hendersonville and Sky Top in Flat Rock this year and beyond.
We certainly do and as we continue exploring the area, we’d love to know from you. What are your favorite apple orchards in the area?
Is there one that we need to check out? Let us know in the comments!