Sometimes we’re tempted to skip over September so we can welcome all that October has to offer. But we want to encourage you to put the pumpkin patch on pause and go enjoy a local apple orchard while you can.
September is prime apple-picking season and the perfect opportunity to create a new family tradition. In the Carolinas, we’re lucky to be surrounded by some wonderful orchards. We’ve listed some of our favorite spots to help you plan your trip.
Carrigan Farms is located at 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville, NC, and is now open for apple picking. You can visit every day of the week from 9 am until 4 pm. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a half peck bag of red or golden delicious apples that you pick yourself.
If you visit on Saturday from 9 am until 3 pm or Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm, the price also includes a hayride. Be prepared to pay with cash or check only since they do not accept debit or credit cards.
If you’re looking for somewhere closer to Gaston County, Windy Hill Orchard is located at 1860 Black Highway York, SC 29745. But you better hurry because the last chance to pick your own this season is Friday, 9/22/17. Prices range from $5 – $25 depending on the size pick-your-own bag you choose. (Debit and credit cards are accepted.)
If you don’t want to pick your own or can’t make it this Friday, there are plenty of pre-picked apples available, as well as their award winning hard ciders, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and fried apple pies.
Take a day trip to Granddad’s Apples N’ Such at 2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Exploring all this 80 acre farm has to offer will be well worth the 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Gaston County.
Twenty different varieties of apples are available for you to pick your own or purchase; check the ripening schedule for availability. Enjoy many family-friendly activities on the weekend (feed the farm animals, ride the cow train, bounce on a huge trampoline, and much more).
We hope you have a great time!