By Sue Rodman
September means time for apple picking in Georgia, and the place to go is Ellijay, the apple capitol of the state. Taking an afternoon to visit North Georgia and pick apples has become a family tradition for my boys and me. There are lots of apple houses, but only a few that actually let you pick your own and generally they only allow picking on the weekends. Fees vary, so call the orchard beforehand for prices.
Apple picking in Georgia usually runs Sept. and Oct., but different apples are available at different times, so if you’re like me and want a specific type of apple, call before you go and make sure those apples are ready to pick. Many of the apple houses that offer picking also have a fall festival atmosphere with apple cannons, petting zoos, wagon rides and more. These activities are all at an extra cost. The list below includes orchards that simply offer apple picking, as well as those that offer a complete fall fair. Did we miss your favorite? If so, tell us where you like to go apple picking in Georgia.
Where to go Apple Picking in Georgia
BJ Reece Apple House
9131 Highway 52 East,
Ellijay, GA 30536.
This is where we normally go. A few years ago they added an apple cannon, wagon rides and petting zoo to the apple picking experience. There is an extra fee for those activities but the Bluegrass Music on the weekends is free. There is a fee to enter the orchard and then you purchase the apples picked.
8660 Blue Ridge Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA
Weekends through October pick your own apples. There is a tractor tour and rumor has it they are thinking about adding an apple canon. Mercier also has a hard cider tasting room, bakery and deli. Note: Mercier uses an inter-grated pest control system. The sprays they use are completely water soluble and rinse off with a .10” of rain or fresh water.
9696 Highway 52 East,
Ellijay, GA 30536
Phone: 706-273-3838 or 706-273-9494.
Hillcrest Orchard hosts the Apple Pickin Jubilee each weekend through Oct. Admission includes fun activities like a giant jumping pillow, corny kid’s maze, pig races, live music and of course apple picking. Some activities require an additional charge, such as the petting farm and bungee jump.
Red Apple Barn
3379 Tails Creek Road,
Ellijay, GA 30540
Pick your own on the weekends. There is a fee for the tractor ride and tour that includes an apple, cider and donut.
5505 Highway 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: 706-273-3821 or 706-273-2639
On the weekends in September, take a free wagon ride to the orchards and pick your own apples. Call ahead to see what’s available to pick. Apple prices are $12 for a peck and $8 for a half peck.
Here is a list of additional Apple Orchards in North Georgia where you can buy apples. Note that this site still has a link to Panorama Orchards and Farm Market. They do not have apple trees anymore, but do sell apples picked locally. Click here for additional photos of apple picking in Georgia
Where to Eat on a trip to North Georgia Running around the apple orchard can make you hungry, even if you’re sampling while you pick. Our tradition includes a stop at Col. Poole’s BBQ and Pig Hill of Fame. My sons love the BBQ and I love the corny puns like the parking space sign “Pork Here”. Col. Poole’s also has the Pig Hill of Fame. Patrons purchase pig signs made out of plastic sign material to place on the hill. We still haven’t found our sign yet, but we’ll keep looking.