Where to Go Apple-Picking Near Charlotte: 2021

These farms are within a two-hour drive
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The apple cider doughnuts are a beloved perk of going to Windy Hill.

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill

Distance from Charlotte: 49 miles

Open for the fall 2021 season. 

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is three hours and 30 minutes away from the Triangle in York, S.C., and grows Stayman Winesap apples. Everyone 2 years of age and older must have their own pre-purchased bag to enter the orchard. Bags can be purchased at the farm stand. Prices range from $5-$25. Also be sure to check out their hard-cider tastings and live music, and try an apple-cider doughnut or fried apple pie. 1860 Black Highway, York, S.C.


Carrigan Farms

Distance from Charlotte: 32 miles

Open for the fall 2021 season. 

The farm has apples ripe for the picking beginning in September and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $11 per person, and includes a half-peck bag of apples, plus a hayride to the orchard. 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville


Apple Hill Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 80 miles

Open for the fall 2021 season. 

Apple Hill Orchard is located just a few miles off of I-40 in Morganton near Hickory. In addition to picking apples, explore the cider mill and country store. The apple picking season starts in August for Gala and Arlet apples and continues until late October with twelve other apple varieties available.

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 24. Closed Sundays. 2075 Pleasant Hill Ave., Morganton


Sky Top Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 103 miles

Open for the fall 2021 season. 

Great to partner with a trip to Asheville, Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina, is four hours and 15 minutes away from the Triangle and has 22 varieties of apples good for picking. Check out their ripening schedule to make sure you come at a time to pick your favorite types. You’ll also find great mountain views at this orchard where you can enjoy apple-cider slushes, apple-cider doughnuts and hot caramel apples. There also are barnyard animals to visit, a playground for kids and picnic areas. You can also watch a cider press at work.

Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. August-October. Note GPS directions aren’t always accurate, so use this address if using a GPS: 3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock


Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

Distance from Charlotte: 108 miles

Open for the fall 2021 season. 

Four and a half hours away from the Triangle, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is picking Early Fuji, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Red and Golden Delicious, Cameo, Shizuka, and Gala Apples as well as sunflowers. Stepp’s also features apple cider and pumpkin donuts for sale, a corn maze adventure, an apple cannon, wagon rides through the orchard and more.

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