Did you know that we have some of the best apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC? Explore the most popular apple orchards near Asheville for donuts, U-Pick, and mazes.
Having grown up in New England, we need the fall. In fact, we live for it.
When we moved to Florida, everyone laughed at us when we asked where we could go apple picking. We knew then that we weren’t going to last long in the sunshine state.
Besides the gorgeous fall foliage hikes and drives, we are pretty apple orchard obsessed. We need a cider donut in October like we need air.
And, if we don’t get lost in a corn maze, did we even participate in fall at all? The answer is no.
If you are headed to Western North Carolina (WNC) this autumn, you cannot miss the farms and apple orchards near Asheville. So, where can you go apple picking in Asheville?
We highly recommend the Henderson county apple orchards, also known as “Apple Alley. This is a play on the area’s “Apple Valley.”
Most of the Hendersonville, NC apple orchards are around 35-50 minutes outside of Asheville. They open for the fall season around September through early November.
Visiting multiple Hendersonville apple orchards is one of the best fall things to do with the entire family. Think corn mazes, donuts, a bamboo forest, and farm animals. Apple picking in Hendersonville is a given.
Of course, you have U-Pick fruits and berries as well as seasonal sunflowers. Oh, and an apple blaster and bee train. Let’s not forget that hard apple cider or those hayrides.
Almost everyone has heard of Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard and Sky Top Orchard (in nearby Flat Rock, NC), two of our all-time favorite apple farms.
For more great Hendersonville apple orchards, don’t miss Coston Farm, Grandad’s Apples, Justus Orchard, Jeter Mountain Farm, or Mountain Fresh Orchards. Plus, visiting them is free! You just pay as you go.
Below, learn more about the best apple orchards in Hendersonville (and near Asheville) to visit this fall.
See what to expect, what to do, and of course, what to eat. Don’t forget that the Hendersonville wineries are also close by.
Did we mention hopping breweries and delicious local restaurants, too? Let’s get started!
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*Please note that sometimes apple picking in Hendersonville is subject to change due to the season and weather. U-Pick may not always be ready as predicted or available that year.
7 Best Apple Orchards In Hendersonville (Near Asheville)
1. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is a 70-acre working farm and has been around for 50+ years. This family-owned business is full of history.
Out of all of the Hendersonville apple orchards, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has the wildest corn maze to get lost in — with over 5-acres of corn stalks.
Plan for at least 30 to 45-minutes to find your way out. We also think Stepp’s Hillcrest has the hardest corn maze out of all of the apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC. If it’s a warm day, note that this maze can be toasty.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard offers U-Pick pumpkins, grapes, and of course, apples. On weekends, find a jump pad, apple cannon, and wagon rides.
Don’t miss the apple cider donuts and educational nature trail. You can even have a picnic.
For apple picking near Asheville, you will find over 21 varieties of apples, including galas and ginger golds. Of course, you can grab bagged apples along with other local goodies in their store. Think teeny tiny pumpkins!
If you are looking to see multiple Henderson County apple orchards, Justus is nearby.
Visitor Information & Contact For Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard:
Address: 170 Stepp Orchard Drive Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-685-9083
Directions To Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard:
From Asheville, NC, take I-26 East to Exit 49A Bat Cave/Chimney Rock. Stay on 64E/Chimney Rock Road for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Pace Road. Go one mile and turn right on Stepp Orchard Drive.
Stepp’s Hillcrest has a large parking lot out front.
2. Grandad’s Apples
Another one of the most fun apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC, Grandad’s is beautiful. As you head out of the barn-like store, the gorgeous mountains surround the corn maze and apples.
Like Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, Grandad’s Apples has also been growing apples for four generations on their 100-acre family farm.
As you drive up, you’ll enter the Country Store. Find slushies, apple fritters, and donuts. Buy apple-related gifts including peelers and apple butter.
Grab a ticket for the corn maze, pick up some pre-picked apples, or pay for some fun apple picking.
Outside, sit in rocking chairs or at picnic tables with your loot. Children may play in the little hay playpen area. Their hay even has eyes.
Like Stepp’s Hillcrest, we also recommend Grandad’s corn maze. The maze is not that difficult to navigate.
Encounter a good 30-minute maze in their tall and well-kept corn. Find a “you are here map” throughout the maze.
Like the other apple orchards in Hendersonville, on the weekends, Grandad’s Apple has an apple cannon and cow train. Oh, and did we mention that they sell fermented apple cider?
Visitor & Contact Information For Grandad’s Apples:
Address: 2951 Chimney Rock Road Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-685-1685
Directions To Grandad’s Apples:
From Asheville, take I-26 to Exit 49A Bat Cave/Chimney Rock. Stay straight on Chimney Rock Road for 2.4-miles. Grandad’s Apples will be on the left.
3. Mountain Fresh Orchards
On the way to Grandad’s Apples, Coston Farm, or back, you will pass Mountain Fresh Orchards. For children, they have Apple Express train rides. For adults, they sell pies and fall decorations.
More unique to the apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC, Mountain Fresh Orchards offer a variety of ciders, including apple, cherry apple, peach, muscadine, blueberry, scuppernong, and blackberry cider.
Or, grab a cup of mulled hot cider or coffee, especially if you are already exhausted from visiting all of the Hendersonville apple orchards in one day.
Mountain Fresh Orchard’s local farm store also sells pickles, relishes, honey, molasses, and BBQ sauce.
U-Pick from their 17 apple varieties including Honey Crisp, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Ambrosia, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Fuji, Pink Lady, Cameo, Grimes Golden, and Jonagold, just to name a few.
Visitor & Contact Information For Mountain Fresh Orchards:
Address: 2887 Chimney Rock Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-685-7606
Directions To Mountain Fresh Orchards:
From Asheville, take I-26 to Exit 49A Bat Cave/Chimney Rock. Stay straight on Chimney Rock Road for 2.2-miles. Mountain Fresh Orchards will be on the left. Grandad’s Apples is just a bit further down the road on the left.
4. Coston Farm And Apple House
One of the smaller apple orchards in Hendersonville, Coston Farm is a 4th generation family-owned farm. They have the sweetest farm store that also sells baked goods.
Head outside for the children’s playground or back behind their country store for their rows upon rows of apple trees. Coston Farm has some of the easiest apple picking in Hendersonville, too.
In fact, what we most appreciate about Coston Farm is that you don’t have to walk as far as some of the other orchards for those apples. It can still be a tad warm this time of year, and we save roasting for apple crisp…
Coston Farm also has ‘apple pickers’ available for public use — a long pole with a basket to reach those high-up apples. Their prices are some of the lowest out of the Hendersonville apple orchards.
Coston Farm, like Sky Top, is especially perfect if you are picking apples with younger children.
Coston Farm Visitor Information:
Address: 3748 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: (828) 685-8352
Directions To Coston Farm:
From Asheville, take I-26 to Exit 49A Bat Cave/Chimney Rock. Stay straight on Chimney Rock Road for about 5 miles.
5. Sky Top Orchard
One of the absolute best Henderson County apple orchards that has it all, Sky Top Orchard is pretty spectacular. Sky Top is also is one of our annual fall traditions.
The bamboo forest, farm animals, and acres upon acres of apple picking really make Sky Top stand out over its competitors. Plus, a visit to Sky Top is also one of the best things to do near Asheville with kids.
We know that many also claim that Sky Top has the best donuts around. We choose to remain neutral here. There isn’t a cider donut we don’t love. You are all winners to us.
However, Sky Top Orchard makes their donuts on the spot, shaking them in sugary goodness right in front of you. They also serve their apple cider donuts steaming hot.
Apples found at Sky Top Orchard include Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Rome, and Pink Lady, just to name a few.
Nothing beats that panoramic mountain view. Know that you might have to walk a little farther out for those apples. Sky Top is massive.
We’ve also stumbled upon humping goats. Don’t miss the fun playground with wooden pumpkins and gourds to walk through as well as their tractor rides and bee train.
Have a picnic and just enjoy the great outdoors. Read all that you can do at Sky Top Orchard.
Visitor & Contact Information For Sky Top Orchard:
Address For Your GPS: 3403 Greenville Highway Flat Rock, NC 28731
Physical Address (don’t use this in GPS): 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Road Flat Rock, NC 28790
Phone Number: (828) 692-7930
Directions To Sky Top Orchard:
If you are coming from Asheville, take I-26E. Take Exit 54 for Flat Rock. Get off at Exit 5 where you will take a right. Follow the signs for Sky Top Orchard, which will lead you to Pinnacle Mountain Road. Take a left, and climb that hill.
Parking is free, and when visitors slam the orchard–usually weekends–attendants will help you find a spot in their various lots.
6. Justus Orchard
One of the other fourth-generation (almost fifth now) apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC, Justus feels the most rustic. Here you can pick blackberries, pumpkins, and apples.
Justus’s Apple House offers tasty baked goods and cider for their huge picnic area. Stock up on honey, jams, and jellies. Their caramel apples look delicious and don’t miss the BBQ truck out front.
Justus Orchard also has a playground, duck pond, and cow train. Blast Bigfoot with the apple cannon.
Contact & Visitor Information For Justus Orchard:
Address: 187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-974-1232
Directions To Justus Orchard:
From Asheville, take I-26 to Exit 49A Bat Cave/Chimney Rock. Stay straight on Chimney Rock Road for 1.8-miles. Turn left onto Fruitland Road.
Follow Fruitland for 3-miles and turn right on S. Mills Gap Road. You’ll see signs along the way for Justus Orchard. Turn left onto Garren Road.
7. Jeter Mountain Farm
An Uncorked Asheville readers’ favorite, Jeter Mountain Farm is extremely popular for apple picking near Asheville.
Unlike many of the other apple orchards in Hendersonville, though, Jeter Mountain Farm is only open Thursdays through Sundays.
Jeter offers U-Pick, hard cider, apple cider donuts, and tractor-pulled wagon rides around their property.
Find a variety of pre-picked and U-Pick options for peaches, apples, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and pumpkins.
Of course, grab some cider in their Cider Barn, including a mug of warm, spiced cider or an apple cider slushie.
When in season, encounter 10 different varieties of flowers in their Sunflower Field that grow up to 9-feet tall. You can even cut a few to take home.
Did we mention the 6,000 square foot covered play area for your littles? Or, Jeter Mountain’s Farm Hard Cider Taproom with 6 hard ciders on tap?
Jeter Mountain Farm even makes 2 of its own ciders and serves ciders from Flat Rock Cider Company. Read more about WNC’s famous cideries.
Jeter Mountain Farm Contact Information:
Address: 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone Number: (828) 513-0404
Directions To Jeter Mountain Farm:
If you are coming from Asheville, take I-26E. Take Exit 44 and continue down the Asheville Highway.
When Is The Best Time For Apple Picking In Hendersonville, NC?
Apple orchard season in Western North Carolina runs from about mid-August to early November. North Carolina is able to grow a ton of apple varieties throughout those months.
Apple picking in Hendersonville usually starts in September but may also begin as late as October, depending on the weather patterns. Rome apples seem to survive just about anything.
Remember that if apples aren’t ready for U-Pick, many of the orchards will sell them in their markets.
We personally think the best time for apple picking in Hendersonville is the beginning of October, though. We appreciate the cooler temperatures and vibrant fall leaves.
For planning purposes and fall foliage leaf spying, you might also be interested in our Asheville Fall Color Forecast.
Most of the apple orchards near Asheville are open daily and offer special events on the weekends.
Like the waterfalls and hikes, always visit the Hendersonville apple orchards as early as you can. Weekdays are best.
Quite frankly, the weekends in the fall are a tad frightening. Some of the apple orchards in Hendersonville will even hire parking attendants to direct traffic. Locals will tell you that we try to stay far away from the chaos.
But, if you have to go when it’s busy, just do it. Think Disney at Christmas and prepare accordingly.
The North Carolina Apple Festival
One of the most popular fall events around Hendersonville, don’t miss the NC Apple Festival on Labor Day Weekend.
The festival typically runs from Friday to Monday in downtown Hendersonville. There’s a street fair filled with local vendors and bands.
Explore rides, flyovers, races, food, and all of the Hendersonville shops and museums. Read more about the events around Asheville and Hendersonville.
More Fun Things To Do In & Around The Hendersonville Apple Orchards
Like Asheville, Hendersonville is an incredible city with a lot to offer visitors and locals. In fact, we even looked at houses here.
Of course, Asheville won out. But, even before moving to Asheville, we stayed in and around Hendersonville because we loved the vibe, breweries, wineries, and restaurants.
Once you are done visiting the apple orchards in Hendersonville, NC here’s what we recommend doing, and be sure to read our full guide to exploring Hendersonville:
Wine Taste At The Hendersonville Wineries
We live for wine tasting. Christine is The Uncorked Librarian, after all.
Hendersonville and the surrounding areas have a plethora of gorgeous wineries, including:
Stone Ashe Vineyards – A newer Hendersonville winery, Stone Ashe is quickly becoming our favorite. We love sitting on their outdoor hill spying the vineyards. Their tasting room has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards – Wine taste by the gorgeous fireplace or on their outdoor back patio. A bit smaller than the other Hendersonville wineries, you’ll love their cozy vibe.
Point Lookout Vineyards – One of the wineries with the best views, don’t miss sitting high up over the mountains while sipping delicious wines and meads.
Uncorked Travel Tip: Head to Sawyer Springs Vineyard after visiting the Hendersonville apple orchards. Then, order Joey’s NY Bagels subs (they have gluten-free bread) via GrubHub and have it delivered right to the winery steps. Perfection.
Read more about all of the Hendersonville wineries.
Dupont State Forest
We absolutely love DuPont State Forest for its waterfall hikes. Know that DuPont grows extremely busy on weekends and anytime during the fall.
You can see at least 4 large waterfalls in one relatively easy hike, including Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Triple Falls was also a filming location for The Hunger Games.
Don’t miss our master list of Asheville fall hiking trails.
Like Asheville, downtown Hendersonville is filled with cafes, restaurants, museums, and shops. Don’t miss the best Hendersonville restaurants like Umi for sushi and Haus Heidelberg for German cuisine.
Plus, similar to the Asheville brewery scene, Hendersonville has must-visit breweries. Head to D9 for sours, Oklawaha for gluten-reduced beers, and Triskelion for their sleek taproom.
Read more about the kid-friendly restaurants near Asheville and Hendersonville, too.
Where Can You Stay In Hendrsonville?
If you want to arrive at the apple orchards in Hendersonville early to beat those crowds, you might want to consider overnighting. Even as Asheville locals, staying in Hendersonville for a night is a good time.
When we visited Hendersonville before becoming Asheville residents, we loved staying at the 1898 Waverly Inn. They have a delicious happy hour.
Mike is a wonderful host, and you can walk to the downtown area. Staff and owners will also sit down with you and tell you all of the musts.
The Charleston Inn is gorgeous and is right next door.
For more accommodation ideas, book a hotel, Bed and Breakfast, cabin, or cottage in Hendersonville here.
Don’t miss our Asheville Accommodation Recs, too.
Save These Hendersonville Apple Orchards For Later
Have You Visited Asheville In The Fall? What Do You Love The Most? What Are Your Favorite Hendersonville, NC apple orchards?
It’s no secret that tourists and locals swarm the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall. Do you have a favorite fall activity in North Carolina? We are clearly all about those orchards and fall hikes.
Do you have a favorite apple orchard in Hendersonville? Where do you love to go apple picking in Asheville?
And, most importantly, which of the Hendersonville apple orchards make the best cider donuts and slushies, in your humble opinion?
Let us know in the comments. P.S. If you love a secret apple stand in Asheville or Hendersonville, we’d love to know too!
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