‘Tis the apple-picking season in Asheville

Whether you love them sliced or only baked in a pie, local apples taste better when they’re picked fresh.

Asheville apple picking basket in the sunlight

Grab your baskets, and get ready for a harvest.

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We’re dreaming of cozy sweaters, crisp air, and colorful leaves. And even though the heat index says we’re not quite there yet, we can still indulge in our favorite flavor of fall. Move over, pumpkin spice — it’s apple season in Asheville.

There’s no shortage of orchards in the area (after all, Henderson County produces about 85% of North Carolina’s apples), but in case you’re in it for more than just the eating, we’ve round up a few spots with pick-your-own apples to get you started on your harvesting. So grab a basket, and get gathering.

Take your pick

Coston Farms | 3748 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville
Grab your own apples Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., then head to the Apple House for fresh cider, baked goods, and apple-themed gifts.

Creasman Farms | 280 Bent Arrow Ln., Hendersonville
The pick-your-own orchard is open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays in September + October, but you can also grab its fresh apples at local farmers markets.

Grandad’s Apples | 2951 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville
This well-known spot is home to a market, store, pumpkin patch, and lots of family activities (read: an apple cannon) — but pick-your-own is offered only on selected weekends, so keep an eye on social media for updates.

Jeter Mountain Farm | 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd., Hendersonville
The farm keeps its u-pick online calendar up to date, so stay updated for what’s ready for the taking on Thursdays-Sundays.

Justus Orchard | 187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville
While the orchard is open all week to fill your basket yourself, only selected varieties are pick-your-own during the season. Be sure to watch what’s still available and what the professionals will pick.

KT’s Orchard & Apiary | 195 Pigeon Ford Rd., Canton
Check out its Facebook for updates of what’s available and when to pick,, and visit for some expert apple advice.

Orchard at Altapass | 1025 Orchard Rd., Spruce Pine
This nonprofit heirloom apple orchard features live music, a restaurant, and lots of varieties for you to pick — a historic spot worth the drive out of town.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard | 170 Stepp Orchard Dr., Hendersonville
With a wide range of varieties on offer, family activities on the weekend, and even an app to direct you where to go in the orchard, your pick-your-own apple needs will be met.

Sky Top Orchard | 1193 Pinnacle Mtn. Rd., Zirconia
Wander a little south of Hendersonville for mountain views, apple cider doughnuts, barnyard animals, and pick-your-own apples everyday.Check out the website’s varieties page to see what’s ripe.

rows of trees for Asheville apple picking at an orchard in henderson county

The fruit is fresh and delicious at these local orchards.

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Season’s eatings

If you’re particular when it comes to varieties, make sure to check when your favorites will be ready:

  • Early September: Fuiji, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and Red Delicious
  • Mid-September: Crispin/Mutsu
  • Late September: Cameo, Rome Beauty, Stayman, and Winesap
  • Early October: Granny Smith and Winecrisp
  • Mid-October: Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Evercrisp, Goldrush, and Pink Lady
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