Apple Picking in Georgia Mountains: 9 Best Orchards to Visit (2022)

Mom and daughter picking apples at an orchard

Visit North Georgia for its many apple orchards! You’ll find u-pick activities for the whole family during apple picking season. Also, you’ll bring home bags of delicious, fresh apples!

Gilmer County is “the apple capital of Georgia†and is the most popular state destination for apple picking! However, other Georgia counties and cities have charming orchards. In this article, I’ll look more into the 9 Best Orchards for Apple Picking in Georgia Mountains!

Best Apple Orchards in Georgia at a Glance

Orchard LocationApple Picking SeasonGoogle RatingYelp Rating
B.J. Reece OrchardsEllijay, GASeptember to October4.5 of 5 stars
1673 reviews
4 of 5 Stars
125 reviews
Penland’s Apple HouseEllijay, GAAugust to November4.5 of 5 stars
638 reviews
4.5 of 5 stars
22 reviews
Hillcrest OrchardsEllijay, GASeptember to OctoberFacebook: 4.5 of 5 stars 634 reviews3 stars of 5 stars
/69 reviews
Red Apple BarnEllijay, GASeptember to November4.5 of 5 stars
448 reviews
3.5 of 5 stars
/17 reviews
R&A OrchardsEllijay, GAAugust to early December4.5 of 5 stars
847 reviews
4 of 5 Stars
50 reviews
Mercier OrchardsBlue Ridge, GAAugust to October4.5 of 5 stars
5,963 reviews  
4.5 of 5 stars
543 reviews
Deep RootsMacCaysville, GASeptember to October5 of 5 stars
46 reviews
5 of 5 stars
4 reviews
Hillside Orchard FarmsLakemont, GASeptember 4.5 of 5 stars
219 reviews  
3.5 of 5 stars/ 10 reviews
Jaemor FarmsAlto, GAJuly to December4.5 of 5 stars
4,040 reviews  
4 of 5 Stars
185 reviews

With so many options, you may find it challenging to choose the top place for apple picking in the North Georgia Mountains. So, I’ve narrowed the list to the nine best apple orchards to visit.

Pro Tip: Make sure to bring sunglasses or a hat. The orchards are pretty well shaded, but the rides to and from the picking sites are bright and sunny! A sun hat and sunglasses like these are good options on Amazon.

When is the best time to go apple picking in the North Georgia Mountains?

The ideal times for apple picking in North Georgia are the cooler months of September and October.

Apple Orchards in Ellijay, GA

1.    B.J. Reece Orchards

Operating Hours:
9 AM to 6 PM (Monday -Saturday)
1 PM to 6 PM (Sunday)
U-pick apples
Giant slide
Petting farm
Field trips  

Pricing: U-Pick – $2.00 (Free for kids aged 2 and under)
Petting farm – $3 per person  
Half peck bag (10-15 apples) – $10
1 peck bag (20-25 apples) – $20
Half a bushel (40 – 50 apples) – $40
9131 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

Contact Number: 706-276-3048
Visit B.J. Reece Orchards

Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and the picturesque beauty of North Georgia mountains when you go apple picking at the B.J. Reece Orchard!. You can choose from 30 varieties of apples.

These include everything from Crimson Crisp, Rome Beauty, to Granny Smith, Empire, and a whole lot more.

Select one of their group packages if you want to add more activities on top of apple picking! Extras include a cow milking demonstration, bee observation, wagon ride, petting farm visit, and jumping pillow playtime.

If you’re coming in without a reservation, make sure you arrive early in the day because the juicy apples get picked first.

And since you are already in Ellijay, check out some of the best dining options the town offers!

2.    Penland’s Apple House

North Georgia Mountains
Operating Hours:
9 AM to 6 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
Apple picking
Fruit sand vegetable shopping  

Pricing: Contact management for prices
41 Talona Spur Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540,

Contact Number: 706-635-5110
Visit Penland’s Apple House

The Penland’s Apple House is ideal for those who want to harvest or buy fresh veggies and fruits! You can also go apple picking for the day.

The picking season spans between late August and early November. You’ll be able to pick different types of apples ranging from Granny Smith and Sun Crisp, to Pink Lady and Jonagold.

Stop by their country store for homemade products and merchandise too!

3.    Hillcrest Orchards

Operating Hours: Contact management for schedules and reservationsActivities:
U-pick apples
Kiddie corn maze
Petting farm
Pig races
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee  

Admission fee: $10 per person
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee: $15 admission fee
9696 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

Contact Number: 706-273-3838
Visit Hillcrest Orchards

When it’s apple season, don’t miss the Hillcrest Orchards and its fun farm activities that go beyond traditional apple picking.

After gathering your picks from various apple varieties such as Yates, Rome Beauty, Pink Lady, and Jonagold, to name a few. Bring your children to the kids’ corn maze, petting farm, trike rides, giant slide, jumping pillow, and new ball zone. Visit the farm store for a selection of basked goodies, homemade treats, and other local products.

During the festival weekends, check out their Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch swimming pig races, and witness lives bands and cloggers perform.

4.    Red Apple Barn

Operating Hours:
9 AM to 6 PM (Monday – Saturday)
1 PM to 5:30 PM (Sunday)
U-pick apples
Tractor ride
Pumpkin patch
Picnic and playground area  

Pricing: Admission – $9.99 + tax (Free for kids aged 2 and under)  
Apples: Quarter peck – $6.25
Half peck – $10.50
Peck – $18.75
Half bushel – $36
3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540

Contact Number: 706-635-5898
Visit Red Apple Barn

When visiting the Red Apple Barn, make sure you come on weekends during the apple picking seasons (September to November)!

Help yourself from the wide apple varieties in the barn, such as the Stayman Winesap, Golden Supreme, Fuji, Gala, and more. With admission, you can also ride the tractor and enjoy a cup of apple cider and apple cider doughnut.

5.    R & A Orchards

Operating Hours:
8:30 AM to 6 PM (Monday to Sunday)
U-pick apples
Group tour via appointment  

Pricing: Contact management for prices
5505 GA-52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536

Contact Number: 706-273-3821
Visit R & A Orchards

Here’s another great place to take the whole family for apple picking. R & A orchards thrive from its owner’s firm belief in hard work.

Visitors can enjoy apples like Detroid Red, Arkansas Black, Gala, Granny Smith, etc. Groups can book an appointment for weekend tours starting in September.

And if you’re looking for other fun in Ellijay, there are a lot of places to go river tubing!

Apple Orchard in Blue Ridge, GA

6.    Mercier Orchards

Picnic at Mercier Orchards
Family enjoying a picnic at Mercier Orchards
Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM (Monday to Sunday)Activities:
U-pick and tractor tours
Farm winery visits and hard cider tasting

Pricing: U-Pick – $8.00 (Free for kids aged 2 and under) Tractor Tour – $5 per person
8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Contact Number: 706-632-3411
Visit Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards has been in operation for 75 years! Also, its a family business in its fourth generation of management. This orchard continues to be one of the best placees to pick fresh apples, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries (seasonal).

Mercier Orchards is 2.7 miles from downtown Blue Ridge, which is only a 7-minute drive.

Take the tractor tours and visit the bakery for the must-have apple turnovers. Their apple pies and apple cider doughnuts are delicious as well. Don’t forget to check out their winery, market store, and Candy Kitchen for more products you can bring home to your friends. 

You can visit Mercier Orchard all year round, but the best time to go apple picking is during the cool months of September and October.

Apple Orchard in MacCaysville, GA

7.    The Folk Apothic @ Deep Roots Orchard

Enjoy different varieties of apples in The Floe Apothic @ Deep Roots Orchard (Source: folkapothic)

Operating Hours:
10 AM to 6 PM (Wednesday to Saturday);
11 AM to 4 PM (Sunday)
Apple picking
Wagon & Tractor rides
Tour Picnics
Yoga Workshops

*Their Cider Days event includes an orchard tour and cider making  

Orchard Access – $5
Tractor ride – $6
Farm tour  – $10
Cider Days $30 (reservation) or $35 (walk-in)
*Free for children 3 and under
2984 Mobile Rd, McCaysville, GA 30555,
Contact Number: 706-492-7753
Visit Deep Roots Orchard

If you’re looking for an apple picking experience with breathtaking views, check out The Folk Apothic @ Deep Roots Orchard. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, this family-owned orchard is committed to activities for the whole family and creating memories for everyone who visits!

Aside from the apple u-pick activity, you can also go for wagon rides on the fields or take tractor rides for convenient farm tours.

If you need a break, breathe in the fresh Appalachian air while relaxing in the picnic areas. In September, they hold Cider Days where you can learn the harvesting process and make your own apple cider via a vintage cider press.

Check out other activities in Deep Roots Orchard, such as their Yoga Workshops and Fire on the Mountain.

Apple Orchard in Lakemont, GA

8.    Hillside Orchard Farms

Operating Hours:
10 AM to 5 PM
(Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)*

1 PM to 5 PM (Sunday)

*Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
*Pick your own apples
Farm hayride and train rides
Indoor gem mining
Corn maze
Playground for kids
Petting farm  

Pricing: Contact their management for updated pricing
Address: 18 Sorghum Mill Dr, Lakemont, GA 30552, United States

Contact Number: 706-782-2776
Visit Hillside Orchard Farms

Boasting a family farm atmosphere, Hillside Orchard Farms provides fresh produce and over 700 locally made products to their visitors! They also offer farm experience through their regular activities and attractions as well as some cool seasonal events.

You can pick your own apples (Pink Lady, Gold Rush, Stayman, Enterprise, etc.) throughout September. Then take the farm train to explore the orchard, take a hayride to the barnyard, do a little gem mining, and visit the corn maze.

Children can also interact with farm animals and spend their time in the playground, greenhouse, and giant sandbox.  

Apple Orchard in Alto, GA

9.    Jaemor Farms

Operating Hours:
7 AM to 6 PM (Monday to Saturday)

1 PM to 6 PM (Sunday)
U-Pick apples (Other fruits depending on the season)
Fall corn maze
Pumpkin patch
Night at the Farm  

Pricing: Admission fee is $5 + tax for visitors aged 3 and above  
Box or bag for picking depends on fruit type and season
5340 Cornelia Hwy
Alto, GA 30510

Contact Number: 770-869-3999
Visit Jaemor Farms

Experience the old-school fruit picking at Jaemor Farms. This more than a century-old farm managed by the sixth generation of the Echols family is at the forefront of sustainable agriculture. Not only will you let your kids learn and enjoy apple picking, but you can also make the visit an opportunity to let them know about sustainable and responsible farming.

Some of the apple varieties you can pick during its early (July to August), mid (late August to late September), and late (October to December) seasons include Golden Delicious, Ginger Gold, Arkansas Black, Fuji, Mutsu, Red Rome, Cameo, Honeycrisp, and Red Delicious.

Aside from apple picking, you can also enjoy their annual fall corn maze and pumpkin patch. If you’re up for a romantic dinner with live music, check out their schedule for the Night at the Farm.


As the leaves change color and pumpkin flavors start showing on menus, you know it’s Fall. It’s also a good reminder that it’s the season for apple picking in Georgia Mountains. Visit the best apple orchards in the state, with most places concentrated in Ellijay, GA.

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