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Looking for apple picking spots in Western North Carolina? Check out these six spots for family fun

Pack a picnic, put on a fall sweater, get your phone ready for pictures and then spend a morning or a day in the great outdoors of an apple orchard. And these Western North Carolina sites aren’t just for apples anymore. In fact, many are a full-day family fun destination. 

Be sure to check the orchards’ websites and social media or call ahead before you go. Schedules and availability are subject to change as COVID-19 and other conditions warrant. 

Sky Top Orchard

For a full-on mountain apple orchard experience, Sky Top Orchard is hard to beat. This orchard sits atop Mt. McAlpine and covers more than 100 acres. 

“Our orchard has incredible mountain vistas and that fresh mountain air that people drive all over to experience,” owner David Butler said. “We have many families that come every year from areas like Charleston, South Carolina and have made it a yearly tradition.”

In addition to their U-Pick Orchards, Sky Top features plenty to do, including tractor-pulled hayrides, a small pond where you can feed ducks (bring change for feeders), an animal area where you can visit farm animals and friends, a large playground area, a bamboo forest to explore, and wooden cut-outs for picture taking and memory making.

Don’t miss the delicious apple cider doughnuts and fruit stand market. 

“It’s more than just the apples,” Butler said. “We are about creating lifelong memories here. You pick the apples, take them home, make a favorite dessert or side with a loved one. We are all about the experience and have become a family tradition.”

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Grandad’s Apples N’Such

A full working farm on over 100 acres. Grandad’s Apples N’Such orchard covers about 30 acres of the farm where guests can select pre-picked apples from their bins and enjoy many fun activities. 

“Grandad’s offers plenty of greenspace and views to enjoy with family and friends,” owner Leslie Lancaster said. “Rocking chairs and a picnic area are an added bonus.” 

Grandad’s has a full bakery with hot cider doughnuts all day, as well as cider made on site. The farm also features a cow train and apple cannon on the weekends. 

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Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

For families that want to pick more than apples, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard has a bit of everything. It is a “pick your own” apples, grapes, sunflowers, and pumpkin farm, when in season. Additionally, there is a five-acre corn maze that is open seven days a week. On weekends, the orchard offers wagon rides, an apple cannon, and a food truck. Families can enjoy the picnic shed and hay ground (playground) any day of the week.

“Guests have 100 acres to enjoy and spread out and take in the fresh mountain air, offering a fun farm adventure for over 50 years,” owner Rita Stepp said. “All activities are geared toward kids and adults alike. As a working farm we offer the experience of learning about where their food comes from.”

Families will also want to visit the Apple House, which features jams, jellies, T-shirts, honey, and handmade natural soaps. The market sells apple cider doughnuts, apple cider slushies and kettle corn. 

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Justus Orchard

Justus Orchard has been growing apples for more than 100 years and is a fourth-generation farm. They have a wealth of activities for the family and can do pre-arranged apple orchard tours for groups. The orchard offers you-pick or “we pick” apples, blackberries or pumpkins.

In addition to their delicious apple cider pies and doughnuts, there is plenty to make for a full day, including a giant jumping pillow, feeding the animals, a cow train, and a playground.

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Coston Farm has apples, baked goods and more. Get updates at

Creasman Farms is open Oct. 3 for apples, cider slushies, and more. Visit