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10 Amazing Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (Apple Picking and More!)

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on January 4, 2024.

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During late summer and early fall, you can find apple picking spots throughout much of Western NC. However, you’ll find the highest concentration of apple orchards in Hendersonville and its Henderson County surroundings.

Since we’re big fans of apples and the farms that produce them, we want to share 10 amazing apple orchards with you. Our guide includes the details, addresses, fun things to do at each one, and a few bonafide tips and tricks (where to find the state’s best apple cider donuts!) to make the most out of your next picking.

Before we get into those bucket list-worthy apple orchards in Hendersonville, you should know a few things about apple season – and most importantly, find out about 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 apple orchard in the area or keep reading about when the season begins here.

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When is Apple Season in North Carolina?

Apple Orchards in Hendersonville NC

One fun fact to know about our apples is that North Carolina is the US’s 7th largest producer. Apple orchards in Hendersonville NC (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 as many as 15- to 20-plus varieties, including popular Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples.

When you visit the area (or if you live here), be prepared for busy orchards and surrounding snack bars. We hope you’ll keep supporting local businesses as they work through one of their busiest seasons.

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North Carolina Apple Festival

Apple Cider Donuts in Hendersonville

Always held during Labor Day Weekend, downtown Historic Hendersonville becomes abuzz for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a perfect place for a family outing.

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. 

Read More: 40+ Things to Do in North Carolina in September

Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Apple Orchards in Hendersonville

Apple Picking in Hendersonville orchards

Before you go out for U-pick apples and related fun, please keep these tips in mind:

  • As mentioned earlier, the best apple orchards in Hendersonville NC 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.

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Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (and Henderson County)

We’ve organized these amazing apple farms in Hendersonville, NC in ABC order, so you don’t think we’re playing favorites.

  • Coston Farm and Apple House
  • Creasman Farms
  • Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
  • Jeter Mountain Farm Apple Orchard
  • Justus Orchard
  • Mountain Fresh Orchards
  • Owenby’s Apple House & Orchard
  • Sky Top Orchard
  • Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
  • Twisted Apple Orchard

Always check with apple orchards’ social media pages before arriving to see how the U-Pick conditions are.

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Coston Farm and Apple House

3748 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC | 828-685-8352
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: No

Apple orchards in Hendersonville NC Coston Farms

Coston Farm and Apple House is the first of the amazing Hendersonville apple orchards that we’ll feature. You can buy pre-picked fresh apples and bakery items made from their own apples, like apple pies, fresh cider, and apple butter.

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.

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Creasman Farms

280 Bent Arrow Lane, Hendersonville, NC  | 828-685-7728
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: No

Creasman Farms grows more than 40 varieties of heirloom and new apples. The u-pick farm is open in September and October on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

It certainly is fun to learn from the farmers about different varieties if you get a chance to chat with them at farmers’ markets in Asheville, Brevard, and Black Mountain!

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Grandad’s Apples N’ Such

2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC  828-685-1685 
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

Grand Dads Apples in Hendersonville

Grandad’s Apples is one of the most recommended apple farms Hendersonville NC has to offer (at least that’s what our Facebook group members have told us!) The 120-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. 

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Jeter Mountain Farm Apple Orchard

1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville, NC | (828) 513-0404
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

Jeter Mountain Farm

More than 400 acres make up Jeter Mountain Farm, a must-experience multigenerational farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville. Apple picking season gears up in the fall, but the farm features a full harvest calendar that promises there’s always something in bloom.

Jeter Mountain Farm cider

Enjoy a wagon ride to the orchards, watch cider being pressed, and make sure to frolic in the sunflower field! There is a fantastic indoor playspace for children, coffee shop, and a retail store.

With more than 20 varieties of apples and peaches, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and more, Jeter Mountain Farm is an excellent place to reconnect with our rich agricultural heritage in North Carolina. 

Jeter Mountain Farm donuts

Justus Orchard

187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville, NC | 828-974-1232
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

The fried apple pies at Justus Orchard make this a great destination beyond apple picking in North Carolina! Kids can play on the giant playground, bounce on the jumping pillow, and ride the cow train here, too. 

At this farm near Hendersonville, you can pick from the 19 varieties and the farm staff will help guide you on how to best utilize your crop!

Jeter Mountain Farm apples for sale

Mountain Fresh Orchards

2887 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC | 828-685-7606
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

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 fun activities like an Apple Express train! With 17 varieties of apples, this farm is one of many that have great options for apple picking in Hendersonville. 

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Owenby’s Apple House & Orchard

3807 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC | 828-685-9917
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: No

The Owenby family has owned and operated the Owenby Orchard for over 60 years, growing 18 apple varieties on the 90-acre farm. The farm market, named the Apple House, has been selling fresh apples and other apple products for the past 20 years. 

Current owner Greg Owenby paid a special tribute to his parents, Harold and Margie Owenby, by creating nature trails through the farm’s cornfield in the shape of “H” and “M.”

Sky Top Orchard

1193 Pinnacle Mountain Road, Zirconia, NC | 828-692-7930
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

Apple Picking in Hendersonville Apples in NC

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 for 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 at this Hendersonville apple orchard.

Apple Picking in Hendersonville more things to do

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.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

170 Stepp Orchard Dr, Hendersonville, NC | 828-685-9083
Website | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

A family-owned tradition for more than 50 years, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has brought about a great apple-picking Hendersonville NC experience for generations.

The 70-acre farm boasts a 5-acre corn maze, u-pick pumpkins, an apple cannon, wagon rides, and plenty of activities for kids. Pack a lunch and take a break in their covered picnic area and enjoy a view of the farm.

Twisted Apple Orchard

4039 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC | 828-712-1919
Facebook Page | Apple Cider Donuts: Yes

Twisted Apple Orchard offers organic Hendersonville apple picking, 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.

Ready to Visit these Apple Orchards Hendersonville NC?

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 hear 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!  

Beyond Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (More Things to Do)

1 thought on “10 Amazing Apple Orchards in Hendersonville (Apple Picking and More!)”

  1. We always stop at McAbees (Apple Barn)in Flat Rock on the way into Asheville. It was closed last fall. I hope it will be open this fall!


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