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The Best Place to Go Apple Picking in Every State

Consider this your (apple) bucket list. From family-fun farms to orchards growing the juiciest heirloom apples, these are the best places to go apple picking in every state across the country.

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The top spots to go apple picking in America

There’s a reason fall is the preferred season of so many people. The crisp air, fall foliage, and Halloween festivities make people count down to the first day of fall with anticipation.  Another great fall activity people look forward to? Apple picking, of course.

There’s something about picking apples that gets us in the fall spirit. We love going to an apple orchard, picking our own apples, and using them to bake delicious apple treats. Plus, it’s an activity anyone at any age can enjoy. Excited to hit the orchards? We’ve got a list of the best places to go apple picking in each state. Find your state and start planning your apple picking adventure!
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Alabama: Crow Mountain Orchard, Fackler

Open: Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The apples from Alabama’s largest fruit-growing operation are some of the prettiest in the state. Their bold red hue comes courtesy of the orchard’s high elevation on top of Crow Mountain, and the warm days and cool nights. If you’re really hungry, snag the massive 20-ounce green Pippin variety in late August. Or, if you’re planning an apple picking trip in September, snag some Red Delicious apples the second week of September or Rome Beauty apples during the third week. Speaking of apples—do you know why we bob for apples around Halloween? The reason has interesting roots.

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Alaska: Fire Apple Orchard and Gardens, Wasilla

Open: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays.

If you’re looking for a place to pick apples in The Last Frontier, head to Fire Apple Orchard and Gardens in Wasilla. This apple and cherry orchard grows 58 varieties of apples and 12 varieties of cherries, along with other berries and plums. Make sure you call ahead of time at (907) 373-6317 before visiting, though—it’s open seasonally and their hours may change. Bring cash or checks too, as Fire Apple Orchard and Gardens doesn’t accept credit or debit cards. Don’t forget to pick the perfect fall-themed caption to use when you post pictures from the orchard on social media.

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Arizona: Apple Annie’s, Wilcox

Open: Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (July through September), 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (October)

You know it’s officially fall when My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend rolls around at this Arizona orchard. The annual event, held at the beginning of apple season in September, kicks off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (with apple pie syrup of course) and features wagon rides, a corn maze, and apple picking galore. Check out these hilarious fall memes to kill time between activities.

Arkansas: Cadron Crest Orchard, Guy

Open: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by Cadron Crest Orchard in Guy to get your hands on some delicious apples, or even some juicy peaches. According to the orchard’s Facebook page, u-pick apples go for $3 per pound and pre-picked apples are $3.50 per pound. People rave about this orchard in its review section on Facebook—you’ll see lots of great comments about the family that runs it and the quality produce! Walking through this orchard will make you think of these fall quotes that perfectly capture autumn’s allure.

Riley's FarmCourtesy Riley's Farm

California: Willowbrook Apple Farm, Oak Glen

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (beginning Labor Day weekend)

Willowbrook Apple Farm is more than just a place to pick apples—you can also press your own cider, play with farm animals, or take a fall family photo on one of their vintage tractors. And after you pick a peck of the 100-year old Stayman Winesap apples in the orchard, fuel up with treats like caramel apples and gooey apple hand pies. It’s a great spot to check out on a fall weekend getaway!

YA YA Farm & OrchardCourtesy YA YA Farm & Orchard

Colorado: Ya Ya Farm, Longmont

Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (August through October); Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (November)

Reservations are required to pick apples at Ya Ya Farm. And be warned, they usually sell out all the spots by August! What’s so special about the Colorado orchard? They use natural, organic methods to grow a signature heirloom apple variety you can’t find anywhere else. You can even adopt an apple tree—your $100 fee pays for everything from fertilizing to harvesting.

Connecticut: Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

Open: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Deep in the Connecticut River Valley, you’ll stumble upon Lyman Orchards, 1,100 acres of sprawling farmland. Fill your basket with flavorful eco-certified apples (grown sustainably with minimal chemicals), then grab a slice of their award-winning Hi-Top Apple Pie made from scratch in the Apple Barrel, the farm’s market which sells tons of fresh-baked goodies.

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Delaware: Fifer Orchards, Camden Wyoming

Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday

On Saturdays at Fifer Orchards, you can hop on the back of a tractor and be toted out to the orchard for all the apple picking your heart desires. Just make sure you leave Fido at home—the farm has a strict “no pets” policy for safety and health reasons.

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Florida: Showcase of Citrus, Clermont

Open: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sadly, there aren’t any places in Florida where you can pick your own apples. So instead, go harvest the “apple of the South”—the orange! Head to Showcase of Citrus in Clermont to get your citrus picks, including oranges, grapefruits, and lemons. Pre-picked fruit options are also available onsite at the Old Time Country Store. The u-picking season typically runs from November to May, so mark your calendars for a fun weekend of orange picking in The Sunshine State.

Georgia: B.J. Reece Orchards, Ellijay

Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Georgia may be known as The Peach State, but don’t be fooled—it has plenty of places to pick delicious apples. Head to B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay to pick a variety of apples. Get your hands on some Ginger Gold apples, Red Delicious apples, and more! The u-pick season runs August 28 through October 31, and Farm Fun activities start August 28 and occur each Saturday through October 31. Feel free to bring your leashed pup in the orchard, too!

Hawaii Pumpkin at Aloun Farms, Kapoleivia alounfarms.com

Hawaii: Aloun Farms, Kapolei

Open: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday

There’s no apple picking to be found in Hawaii, but there is pumpkin picking. At Aloun Farms, home to 90 percent of the island’s fall squash harvest, you’ll want to attend the Annual Pumpkin festival. Kids can take educational hayride tours around the farm and pick their own perfect pumpkin. The best part? The leftover pumpkins are donated to the Honolulu Zoo to feed the animals as treats.

Idaho: Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard, Emmett

Open: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come for the apples, stay for the cider at Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard. Just a short drive from Boise, the farm is known for its fresh-pressed cider made from nothing except juicy red apples (yep, no sugar or additives). Open seven days a week, there’s really no excuse not to make it out on a Saturday afternoon for a jug of cider and a bucket of apples to take home.

Royal Oak Farmvia royaloak.farm

Illinois: Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard

Open: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday

Start a wonderful family fall tradition by heading to Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard. The orchard has around 20,000 apple trees and 30 varieties of apples to choose from. You can also pick pumpkins starting in late September. If you want to have a little bonus family fun, check out their apple tree maze (just don’t get lost in it!).

Indiana: County Line Orchard, Hobart

Hours: Sunday—Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stop and smell the pastries at the bake shop, where County Line Orchard sells an average of 1 million apple cider donuts each season along with apple pie and their famous fudge. Once you satisfy your sweet tooth, take the scenic route to the orchard via tractor and pick crowd favorite Pink Lady or Snow Sweet apples. When the sun starts setting, trek back to the main barn to warm up by a crackling campfire.

Wilsons Orchard And Farmvia wilsonsorchard.com

Iowa: Wilson’s Orchard, Iowa City

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

A gurgling creek winds its way through fields of wildflowers and farmland, making Wilson’s Orchard the perfect rural getaway. There are over 120 different varieties of apples to pick, but don’t feel intimidated—head to the barn first to taste test the apples that are currently ripe for harvesting. Adults will also enjoy the new Rapid Creek Cidery where you can order a glass of the orchard’s hard craft cider paired with a hot apple turnover.

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Kansas: Cider Hill Family Orchard, Kansas City

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

The apple picking season at Cider Hill starts with the Pristine apples, ends with the Golden Delicious, and is full of tons of family fun and apple cider slushies in between. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of the 900 apple trees, go fishing in the pond, or let the younger ones ride the kids’ train.

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Kentucky: Evans Orchard, Georgetown

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday

With 15 acres dedicated solely to juicy apples, Evans Orchard has got you covered when it comes to fall fruits. But pick-your-own apples isn’t all you’ll find there: They also have a play area for kids which includes everything from a hay castle to pony rides, plus a farm market where you can buy homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, and fresh cider.

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Louisiana: Eddie Romero’s Orchard, New Iberia

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

It takes a brave man to try to grow apples in the muggy heat of the deep South. But Eddie Romero has done just that in his bountiful fruit orchards. The only place to pick apples in Louisiana, the property also raises peaches, muscadine grapes, blackberries, pears, and figs. It’s best to call ahead before you go to check what is currently available for picking.

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Maine: Treworgy Family Orchards, Levant

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Monday

Add this family farm to your fall bucket list: You can fill a basket full of crisp apples from the orchard, make your own bouquet with fresh-cut flowers, or spend a half hour feeding and cuddling with baby goats. Bring a flashlight and stay after sunset for the night corn maze adventure—good luck finding your way out!

Pyo Wagon Ride at baughers orchardvia baughers.com

Maryland: Baugher’s Orchards, Westminster

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We aren’t sure what the best part about an afternoon spent at Baugher’s Orchards in western Maryland is: The scenic hayride to the orchard to pick your own apples, the Fall Harvest Festival (held every weekend in October), or the restaurant serving up classic country cooking and over 20 types of pie. Tip: Bring cash as there are no credit card machines or ATMs.

Honey Pot Hills Orchardvia honeypothill.com

Massachusetts: Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

With more than 80 pick-your-own apple spots across Massachusetts, it’s tough to single out just one. While you can’t go wrong with any fruit farm, Honey Pot Hill is one of our favorites. Five people can share a 1/2 bushel bag; fill it with New England apple varieties like Cortland, Macoun, Empire, and Red Delicious. Afterward, let the kids burn off extra energy in one of three quirky hedge mazes.

Michigan: Blake’s Orchard, Armada

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To the delight of everyone in the state of Michigan, Blake’s Orchard is now open year-round. This haven of fall festivities includes pick-your-own apples as early as mid-July, the famous Funland for kids (a straw bale maze, tricycle track, haunted village, and more), and hard cider on tap at the Tasting Room. You definitely won’t be bored at what was one of Michigan’s first U-pick farms.

Pine Tree Apple Orchardvia pinetreeappleorchard.com

Minnesota: Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake

Hours: Vary, check its website for more details

You weren’t expecting to run for your apples, were you? OK, you don’t have to, but every year for the past 34 years, Pine Tree Apple Orchard has hosted the 5-mile Run for the Apples race through the trees, strawberry fields, and pumpkin patch. At the finish line, dive into some apple-themed sweet treats before picking your own fruit—they have over 20 types including the unique Dolgo Crab.

Mississippi: Cherry Creek Orchards, Pontotoc

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday

Even Southerners know you can’t have a fall season without delicious apples. Which is why, despite the tricky warmer climate, Cherry Creek Orchards grows numerous varieties on their 123 acres. You can pick the apples along with other fruits and veggies. While you’re there, pick out a pumpkin for this year’s jack-o’-lantern and sample some of the fresh honey straight from the hive.

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Missouri: Schweizer Orchards, St Joseph

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bite into a River Bend apple grown on the bluffs above the Missouri River and you’ll likely forget any other types of apples even exist. With four generations of farming under their belt (and orchards dating back to the early 1900s), Schweizer Orchards has perfected the apple-growing process. Don’t leave without a jar of handmade jam or relish from the country store.

Montana: Anderson Orchards, Rudyard

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday

Head to Anderson Orchards in Rudyard to pick a variety of apples, including Honeycrisps and Harlareds. Don’t forget to grab a cup of delicious cider while picking! And no matter where you live, here’s how to make the most of the apple-picking season.

Arbor Day Farmvia arbordayfarm.org

Nebraska: Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Monday

Warning: You might never want to leave the fall paradise of Arbor Day Farm. There’s a 50-foot-tall treehouse that kids can explore as part of the Tree Adventure program. You’ll want to pick your own apples of course, but don’t forget to stop at the Preservation Orchards, where you can taste some of the rare heirloom apple varieties that are no longer available in stores.

Nevada: Gilcrease Orchard, Las Vegas

Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

What happens in Vegas… is apple picking? Trust us on this one—the delicious crunch of a hand-picked apple from Gilcrease Orchard is a better payout than you’ll get from any of the casinos. Even better is the farm’s famous apple cider naturally sweetened with Gala, yellow Gala, and an early red variety of apple.

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New Hampshire: Gould Hill Farm, Contoocook

Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Tuesday

Standing in the orchard at Gould Hill Farm, you can see for 80 miles on a clear fall day—as far as the White Mountains. There are an overwhelming 80-plus types of apples to pick from, but you’ll definitely want to toss a few of the Hampshire variety into your basket. Exclusive to the orchard, this apple is rich and sweet and perfect for baking an apple pie.

Apple orchard in late autumn with leaves changing color and red apples fallen on ground due to downturn in market at Donnybrook, Western Australia.alybaba/Shutterstock

New Jersey: Battleview Orchards, Freehold

Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Tuesday

No joke: This New Jersey orchard is owned and run by the Applegate family, and they definitely know apples. The 120-acre farm produces 14 different varieties of crunchy apples alongside juicy peaches and giant pumpkins. Visit on the weekend and you can enjoy a warm apple cider donut before taking a hayride across the property.

New Mexico: Cadwallader Mountain Farms, Mountain Park

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It may be best known for its sweet and sour cherries during the summer months, but this family-run farm in the mountains of New Mexico also grows refreshingly crisp apples. Scramble up one of the ladders dotting the orchard to pick your own. Want to make an apple pie but not sure what type to use? Owner Angie Cadwallader recommends the firmer Jonathan or Rome apples.

Maskers Orchard in Warwick New Yorkvia maskers.com

New York: Masker Orchards, Warwick

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Combine your apple picking with cups of steaming spicy cider, brightly colored leaves, and wagon rides under a blanket at Masker Orchards, which is nestled in the breathtaking Hudson Valley. And it doesn’t get more convenient than being able to drive your car right up to the trees.

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North Carolina: Sky Top Orchard, Flat Rock

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you don’t leave Sky Top Orchard with a belly full of apple cider donuts, you’re doing something wrong. The warm donuts, dusted in cinnamon sugar, are made using fruit from the 70-plus acres of apple trees out back. There’s plenty to do from going on hayrides to exploring the bamboo forest, and pro pickers recommend getting there early if you want to snag the coveted Honeycrisp apples.

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North Dakota: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck

Hours: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting in September

BYOW—bring your own wagon—on Thursdays and not only will you pay just a $1 per person to pick (it’s usually $5) plus one free admission. That grants you access to Papa’s nature trails, horse-drawn hayrides, and of course, apple picking. Grab one of Papa’s pumpkin cookies for dessert when you’re done.

Ohio: CherryHawk Farm Apple Orchard, Marysville

Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Consider your fall weekend planned. Pick a peck of produce (say that five times fast) from the almost 1,000 apple trees spanning CherryHawk’s orchard, or frolic in the blossoming sunflower fields and enjoy a picnic. Either way, we love that this farm focuses on one thing and one thing only (apples). Feeling festive after your trip? Here’s how to decorate your house for fall.

Fruit Orchard, Growing Apples, Grand Valley, Western ColoradoJohn Coletti/Getty Images

Oklahoma: Livesay Orchards, Porter

Hours: Call for availability

In the fall, Porter’s Peach Barn should really be renamed the “Apple Barn” because it’s one of the only places in the state where you can pick your own juicy red apples. Or grab a bushel to go, and then browse the open-air farmer’s market for other fresh fruits and veggies. Let the kids pick out a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween from the pumpkin patch, too.

Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Parkdale Oregonvia kiyokawafamilyorchards.com

Oregon: Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Parkdale

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The stunning view of snow-capped Mount Hood is almost enough to make the trip out to Kiyokawa Family Orchards, never mind the 25 unique varieties of apples ripe for the picking. Plan your trip during the Honeycrisp Harvest in October when you can listen to live folk music as you munch on apple slices dripping with gooey caramel and fill a bucket of everyone’s favorite apple.

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Pennsylvania: Brown’s Orchards, Loganville

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Monday

What started as a roadside stand has grown into a massive family-run farm, one that people flock to every fall. Before taking a hayride out to the orchards to pick your apples, fill up at the Brown Bean Cafe where you can sit outside on a crisp sunny afternoon—just make sure you leave room for dessert from their award-winning bakery.

Candy Apples in a San Francisco Bakery windowDeborah Kolb/Shutterstock

Rhode Island: Jaswell’s Farm, Smithfield

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

Follow Rhode Island’s Apple Blossom Trail, along which you’ll find Jaswell’s Farm, currently in its 122nd season of apple-growing. The pick-your-own fruits are a must of course, but the real attraction? Their famous candied apples. Choose from three kinds (red candy, caramel, or chocolate) or go for the gourmet apple, coated in caramel, toppings, and milk chocolate. Finished with a white chocolate drizzle, it weighs almost two pounds!

South Carolina: Bryson’s Apple Orchard, Mountain Rest

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You’ve heard of apple picking, you’ve heard of the Blue Ridge Mountains… but have you heard of the stunning orchard nestled among said mountain range? Bryson’s is where you can either pick your own or buy a pre-packed bag before exploring the nearby natural attractions by way of hiking trails (waterfalls, the Chattooga River, and panoramic views await!)

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South Dakota: Country Apple Orchard, Harrisburg

Hours: Every Friday through Sunday during September and October

If you have a pair of boots and a warm jacket, you can get a bushel of apples with a trip to Country Apple Orchard during harvest season. With over 6,000 trees and seven acres of pumpkin patches, they host a different festival every weekend in September, boasting pony rides, homemade pies, an inflatable playground, and more.

Apple Barn Wineryvia applebarnwines.com

Tennessee: Apple Barn Winery, Sevierville

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Apple picking and wine tasting in one spot? Not only does this Tennessee vineyard grow their apples similar to the way grapes are grown (using a trellis system), they also use fresh apple cider as the base for most of their wine. Tour the winemaking area where you’ll watch the production process and get to sample their signature dry Apple wine.

Love CreekCourtesy Bryan Hutzler

Texas: Love Creek Orchards, Medina

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Craving a fresh apple in the middle of the summer? You’ll have to make the trip to Love Creek Orchards, the only place in the United States with tree-ripened apples ready to be picked in early July. No ladder climbing or heavy lifting necessary, either: The orchard is comprised of 500 dwarf apple trees (don’t worry, the apples themselves are full-sized) which only grow as tall as six feet.

All Red Orchardsvia allredorchards.com

Utah: Allred Orchards, Provo

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday

In the foothills of Utah County lies Allred Orchards, a pick-your-own destination for apple lovers everywhere. While the orchard’s most popular apple (and the founder’s favorite) is the snappy Honeycrisp, they also offer a wide range of varieties from the tart Valstar to the super sweet Blondee. If you get thirsty from all that picking, grab a glass of their fresh-pressed apple juice.

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Vermont: Scott Farm Orchard, Dummerston

Hours: Call for hours, you-pick season typically starts Labor Day weekend

Celebrate the season at the Annual Heirloom Apple Day at historic Scott Farm Orchard. Learn about the apple growing and harvesting process from the orchardist and sample slices of the 120-plus different heirloom varieties grown in the orchards. Don’t miss the Esopus Spitzenburg, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. You’ll also be treated to live fiddle music, wood-fired pizza, and local hard apple cider.

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Virginia: Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A day at Carter Mountain Orchard is well worth the wait and the crowds (it’s a popular place!). Enjoy the apples you just picked from the orchards while you lounge on the observation deck, soaking in the views of the Charlottesville vineyards below. And the warm apple cider donuts from the bakery pair perfectly with a pour of Bold Rock Hard Cider from the on-site tasting cellar.

BelleWood Acresvia bellewoodfarms.com

Washington: Bellewood Acres, Lynden

Hours: Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday

With over 25,000 fruit trees, Bellewood Acres has become one of the largest pick-your-own operations in Washington state. Catch a ride out to the orchard on the Apple Bin Express (the farm’s train) which even makes a stop at the pumpkin patch when you’re finished. The first apple to pick this season? The Gravenstein, a tart variety perfect for making fresh applesauce.

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West Virginia: Morgan Orchard, Sinks Grove

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Wednesday

Rotate upwards and twist—never pull. That’s the proper way to pluck an apple from its branches and it’s a technique you can use at Morgan Orchard. There are 23 tasty varieties to choose from, but you should make sure to leave with at least a few sweet Golden Delicious apples—it is the state fruit, after all.

Elegant farmer apple pievia elegantfarmer.com

Wisconsin: The Elegant Farmer, Mukwonago

Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A big pile of leaves isn’t the only thing you want to dive into this fall. Meet the famous “Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag” which has been voted the best pie in America by Gourmet Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Food Network. The sweet-yet-tart and flaky-yet-crunchy pie is the perfect treat after an afternoon of apple picking in the orchard.

Homemade Sweet Apple Butter with Cinnamon and NutmegBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Wyoming: Laramie Farmer’s Market, Laramie

Hours: Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Unfortunately, the cold weather climate of Wyoming doesn’t make for ideal apple-growing conditions. But you can still enjoy your favorite fall fruit with a trip to Laramie’s Farmer Market. Held downtown from June to September, the open-air market boasts all sorts of fresh produce (including crisp apples grown in neighboring states) along with crafts and live music. Bonus points if you find the apple butter.

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