Family Fun: Top 5 Apple Picking Orchards Around Atlanta Area for Fall 2011

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Fall is one of many families favorite season because not only the weather is super nice in Atlanta but there are a boatload of activities for children from fall festivals, Halloween parties, corn mazes and hayrides.

Add to many activities we can enjoy in fall is the apple picking activities. During September and October, North Georgia is a capital of Apple Picking Festival. Families can enjoy fresh picked apple and fun family activities at various orchards in Ellijay area. But what’s more fun than picking your own apple?

Here are few u-pick apple orchards that you and your kids can enjoy a beautiful morning picking apples in or around Atlanta area.

Top 5 U-Pick Apple Orchards Around Atlanta Area

BJ Reece Apple House

Detail: Apart from apple picking, you can enjoy other fun activities like apple cannon, farm tour and petting zoo for additional fee.

You can choose from three different sized U-pick bags.  The prices per bag are:

½ peck – $5.00
1 peck – $8.00
½ bushel – $14.00

Address: 9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, Georgia 30536 Phone: 706-276-3048.

Dates/Hours of Operation: Everyday in September to October from 9:00am to 5:00pm


Hillcrest Orchards

Detail: For $6 admission fee per person, the whole family can enjoy Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards includes pick your own apple, nature trail, live honey bee demonstration, pig races, John Deere Derby, Live entertainment and many more.

Address: 9696 Hwy. 52 E. Ellijay, Georgia 30536 Phone: 706-273-3838.

Dates/Hours of Operation: September 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th, 24th &25th and each weekend of October from
9:00am to 6:00pm all six days. ADMISSION: $6.00 per person


Red Apple Barn

Detail: Come to the Red Apple Barn and decide on the below choices. Once you pay, you will receive a ticket. After you get your ticket, just drive down the hill behind the Apple Barn and park beside the pumpkin patch in the hayfield. We will load on the trailer from there and head to the orchard. The ride is approximately 10 minutes.

$5- Basic Tour: 1 cup cold cider, ride to orchard, tour of orchard, and u-pick 1 apple.

Rate for additional apples:
¼ Peck- $3
½ Peck- $5
1 Peck- $8
½ Bushel- $12
1 Bushel- $24

Address: 3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 Phone: 706-635-5898 or 706-635-7674.

Dates/Hours of Operation:

  • U-Pick on Fridays is for groups of 10 or more by appointment only.
  • On Saturdays the U-Pick wagon will run throughout the day from 9am – 6pm
  • Sunday from 1:30pm until 4:00pm.


Mercier Orchard

Detail: Pick your own apple from September to October. Check their facebook page often for availability of the varieties

Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 800-361-7731.

Dates/Hours of Operation: September thru the end of October. Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm


R&A Orchards

Detail: Farm tour and wagon ride in September. Apple picking at u-pick area is available for September and October.

Address: 5505 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536 Phone: 706-273-3821.

Dates/Hours of Operation: September thru the end of October.


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