Food, North America

Best Places To Go Apple Picking

Whenever Fall came along to the North Eastern US, I was immediately draw to country weekend escapes with friends, venturing into the crisp air and yes, going apple picking.

Hello fellow Fall lovers! Grab your best basket and let’s head to the countryside…

In parts of the country, leaves are turning and sweaters are emerging from dresser drawers. Already, pumpkin spice lattes have returned to coffee shop menus (ew, sorry not sorry), and apples are ripe for picking at orchards. Even if you’re not excited to get your hands on a Red Delicious, a Pink Lady, or a MacIntosh apple, apple picking is about so much more than fruit. All over the country, these farms supplement apple picking with fall entertainment like live music, festivals, corn mazes, hay rides, and even wine tastings.  Many of the farms on this list also have amazing shops, which sell jams and jellies, candies, cider donuts, hard cider, and all kinds of signature fall treats.

Not all the best apple picking is limited to the East Coast. While there are plenty of great orchards in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, autumn lovers can find scores of beautiful farms to visit across the Midwest and on the west Coast, too.  Places like Georgia, Virginia, Minnesota, Washington, and even California have amazing picking destinations — so it’s easy to pick a bushel at an orchard near you. (*Most orchards only offer picking until the first frost, so apple pickers have until about mid-November before peak picking season is over.)


Farm Favorites

Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Massachusetts

Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire

Shelburne Orchards in Shelburne, Vermont

Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, New York

Apple Dave’s Orchards in Warwick, New York

Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, New Jersey

Terhune Orchards in Princeton, New Jersey

Solebury Orchards in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina

Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Stribling Orchards in Markham, Virginia

Weston’s Antique Apples in New Berlin, Wisconsin

Apple Jack Orchards in Delano, Minnesota

Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater, Minnesota

Mt. View Orchards in Mount Hood, Oregon

Johnson Orchards in Yakima, Washington

Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen, California

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)