Before I set up shop in Metro Atlanta I spent my time growing up in the Apple Capitol of Georgia, Ellijay. A beautiful town North of Atlanta up Interstate 575 (till it ends and becomes Hwy 515) Where most Atlanta residents have second homes or family that has retired here. It’s a leaf lookers dream and you can enjoy some of the best apple picking fun with your family.
October also plays host to the Georgia Apple Festival which will be October 13th-14th and 20th-21st. A fantastic arts and crafts festival that also brings out some of the best food vendors around. This is a busy festival so plan your trip to spend all day or even the weekend. Because if you come to Ellijay to see the Apple Festival you can’t leave without visiting the many different apple orchards.
Here are a few of my favorite apple orchards that allow you to pick your own apples.
This is one of mine and my families personal favorites. Not only do they have the best Peach orchard to go with their Apples but amazing farm fresh vegetables. This was our stop for Apple Picking this year.
Apple Picking is every weekend in September and October.
Don’t leave Ellijay without stopping by R & A for their Apple Bread, it is the BEST….Mmmm!
5505 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536
Apple Pickin’ Jubilee
September 8th and every weekend through October 28th.
9 am to 6 pm
Admission $6.00 per person
Separate $3.00 per person admission to Petting Farm
Hillcrest is the one orchard that is built more towards the kids. Inside Hillcrest you will get to milk a Cow, watch pigs race, jump on the giant pillow, see a moonshine museum, enjoy a wagon ride, walk the nature trail and slide the giant slide
9696 HWY 52 EAST, Ellijay, GA 30536
U-Pick is open everyday and you have the following options for prices:
½ peck – $5.00
1 peck – $8.00
½ bushel – $14.00
These are the varieties that will be available during your visit. (Underlined are U-Pick only)
September 1 – September 20: Red Delicious
September 1 – October 31: Red Rome Beauty, Rome Beauty
September 20 – October 4: Arkansas Black
September 7 – September 25: Granny Smith
9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, Georgia 30536
Beginning September 9 , 2011:
Our market is open 8am-6pm daily
U-Pick orchards are open 9am – 5pm daily
Hay Rides and petting farm operate Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm
Apple cannon operates Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm
$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
3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay, Georgia 30540
U-PICK: Saturdays and Sundays 10-4
The price is $10 for a peck sized bag. Check their Events page for the varieties available during your trip.
8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Atlanta With Kid created this cool Google map so that you can easily get directions of all the great Apples Orchards!
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