There’s nothing better than a crisp apple and a fall foliage roadtrip during fall. If you just want to do some foliage site-seeing, we’ll leaf this conversation here, but if you want to pick your own apples, you apple-solutely have to visit these five apple orchards within driving distance of downtown.
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🍎 Grandad’s Apples ‘N Such | 2951 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville, NC | Two hours
Have you ever shot an apple out of a cannon? Well, you’re missing out if you don’t while visiting this orchard. Don’t miss the apple cannon, the cow train, the corn maze, the pumpkin patch, and 30+ varieties of apples.
🍎 Sky Top Orchard | 1193 Pinnacle Mtn Rd., Zirconia, NC | Two hours
No judgment here if you’re only going for the apple cider doughnuts + slushie. Enjoy U-pick apples, a playground, an animal barn, hayrides, and other family-fun activities.
🍎 Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard | Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, 170 Stepp Orchard Dr., Hendersonville, NC | Two hours + 15 min.
DYK this 100-acre U-pick orchard + farm was the first pick-your-own apple orchard in Hendersonville? Explore its 5-acre corn maze and its pumpkin patch.
🍎 Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery |1860 Black Hwy., York, SC | One hour + 30 min.
Visit this family-owned + operated boutique apple orchard located in the upstate. It’s also an award-winning Hard Cider producer + its Cider Bar is open for tastings on select weekends. If you’re looking to pick your own apples, register for a time.
🍎 The Apple Truck
These apples are coming to you. The Apple Truck — an Ann Arbor-based traveling food truck that delivers farm-fresh, flavorful, juicy Michigan apples and cider to eight states — will be making three local stops on Thurs., Oct. 13
- Tractor Supply Company, 5589 Sunset Blvd. Lexington | 8:30-10 a.m.
- Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Cir., Columbia | 1-2:30 p.m.
- Steel Hands Brewery, 2350 Foreman St., Cayce | 4-6 p.m.