Atlanta Fall Guide :: Where to Go Apple Picking

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Atlanta Fall Guide Where to Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is a fall staple for so many families, and a short drive from Atlanta to North Georgia brings you plenty of options! Pick an orchard and pick some apples!

2021 Season Update: Georgia’s late frost in April impacted many of our local U-Pick locations.  Most still have apple picking as an option, but quantities may be limited!  Be sure to check websites or call ahead for details and plan your trip early this year!  And, hey, if the apples have been picked, these locations are always good for beautiful views and a day of family fun on a farm!

B.J. Reece Orchards

Location: Ellijay, GA

Description: The U-pick calendar starts on August 28 and goes through October 31. During the week, a petting farm and slide are also available; on weekends, they layer in pig races, apple cannons, wagon rides, and so much more! B.J. Reece Orchards has 30 varieties of apples on 120 acres.

Cost: During the week – $2 per person ages 2+ includes access to U-pick orchards. Bags to fill are an additional cost based on size. Weekends – $5 for 2+, and includes pig races, wagon rides, and cow milking.

Hillcrest Orchards

Location: Ellijay, GA

Description: The Apple Pickin’ Jubilee is a weekend festival held September 7 – October 27 (Saturdays and Sundays only) that includes apple picking, cow milking, pig races, live bands, and cloggers. A farm market and bakery are open every day. There are two sizes of apple picking bags to choose from on the weekends. The apple maze is included in the cost of admission.

Cost: Weekdays – $10/person includes a petting farm, wagon rides, and playground. Weekends – $15/person for the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee. 

Mercier Orchards

Location: Blue Ridge, GA

Description: Due to staff shortages and a harsh freeze in April, Mercier Orchards will not be offering U-Pick this season. On weekends, families are welcome to walk through the orchard and pick one apple each to enjoy while visiting.  While you are there, be sure to check out their hard cider tasting room and bring home some fried apple pies!

Cost: Apples, baked goods, produce, and gifts are available for purchase in the Market.

R&A Orchards

Location: Ellijay, GA

Description: Pick Your Own Apples available weekends in September. Check the orchard’s website for more information – because of the April freeze, the season may end early.

Cost: Pay per bag, price depends on the size of the bag. No admission fee.

Red Apple Barn

Location: Ellijay, GA

Description: Admission includes a tractor ride to and from the orchard, one apple, a cup of cider, an apple cider doughnut, two flowers, rock painting, and a play area. Orchard visits are available Saturdays and Sundays in September and October (or until apples are all picked). Please note, because of the freeze in April, Red Apple Barn is allowing guests to pick one apple each, and additional (pre-picked) apples are available for purchase. There is also a pumpkin patch in October that includes monster-sized pumpkins.

Cost: $9.50/person admission, children 2 and under free.