Where to Go Apple Picking Near Charlotte: 2023

These farms are within a two-hour drive
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Apple cider doughnuts from Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

Distance from Charlotte: 49 miles

Apple picking begins August 17

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill grows Stayman Winesap apples. All pick-your-own requires a pre-purchased reservation. Check out the hard cider tastings, and don’t leave without an apple cider doughnut, an apple cider slush or fried apple pie.

1860 Black Highway, York, S.C.

Carrigan Farms

Distance from Charlotte: 32 miles

Apple picking begins September 5

The apple-picking season at Carrigan Farms is very short, so plan on visiting early. Each trip to the orchard includes a hayride to the petting zoo and orchard. Advance reservations are required.

1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville

Apple Hill Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 80 miles

Open for the 2023 season

The orchard has 18 varieties available for u-pick and an additional four varieties in its Market. Picking passes are required for pick-your-own. In addition to picking apples, explore the cider mill, Farm Market and bakery.

2075 Pleasant Hill Ave., Morganton

Sky Top Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 103 miles

Open for the 2023 season

Sky Top Orchard has been and family owned and operated farm since 1967. It has dozens of apple varieties available for u-pick, in addition to Asian pears and grapes. Discover gorgeous mountain views and enjoy apple cider slushes, apple cider doughnuts and hot caramel apples. Kids can visit the barnyard animals and the playground and see the cider press at work.

Note GPS directions aren’t always accurate, so use this address: 3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 108 miles

Apple picking begins August 18

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has 40 acres of apple orchards with 26 apple varieties. Check its website to reference the ripening schedule and plan your trip. Stepp’s also features pick-your-own sunflowers and zinnias, apple cider and pumpkin donuts for sale, a corn maze adventure, an apple cannon, jump pad, wagon rides through the orchard and more.

170 Stepp Orchard Drive, Hendersonville

Blueberry Thrill Farm

Distance from Charlotte: 104 miles

Apple picking on select Saturdays in fall

Blueberry Thrill Farm offers fall pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, pasture-raised eggs and muscadines. Check its Facebook page for updates on availability.

6938 Eaglesfield Rd, Gibsonville

Millstone Creek Orchards

Distance from Charlotte: 98 miles

Apple picking begins September 2023

Do to a 70 percent crop loss, apple picking will take place on only one Saturday in September. Reservations are a must; register here. There are plenty of additional fun activities on the schedule, such as Apple Cider Adventures on Labor Day weekend, fall hayrides, a live music series, pumpkin picking in October and pecan picking in November.

506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd., Ramseur

The Historic Orchard at Altapass

Distance from Charlotte: 113 miles

Open for the 2023 season

The Orchard at Altapass is a nonprofit land preservation located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It propagates heirloom apples in a pollinator-friendly environment,  While you’re there, enjoy hiking trails, hayrides, bird watching, a butterfly garden, general store and live music on the weekends.

1025 Orchard Rd., Spruce Pine

Justus Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 106 miles

Open for the 2023 season

This fifth-generation orchard offers u-pick apples and pumpkins, plus a bakery, adventure playground, cow train, giant jumping pillow and apple cannon. Visit the ripening schedule here.

187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville

Perry Lowe Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 72 miles

Apple picking begins September 2023

Perry Lowe Orchard offers about 30 varieties of u-pick apples. Advance reservations are required. While you’re there, shop for in-season produce, apple cider and a variety of dried apples.

4085 Price Rd., Moravian Falls