Top 10 Apple Picking Destinations in the US

Yelp users have spoken, and these are their favorite places across the country to enjoy the classic fall tradition of apple picking, hot chocolate sipping and apple cider donut binging.

September 25, 2020
Bushel Basket Of Apples With Puppy

Dog With Apples

Before taking your dog along to a local u-pick orchard, be sure to call first. Some orchards welcome dogs on leashes, while others don’t. If you do take your favorite pooch, don’t forget to take the necessary gear to clean up after him.

Photo by: Ogden Gigli for Massachusetts Office of Tourism

Ogden Gigli for Massachusetts Office of Tourism

Apple picking is a fall tradition that also happens to be the perfect outdoor and socially distanced pursuit. Yelp rounded up the top 10 apple picking orchards in the country based on insights from its users, and selected these orchards as the top of the crop in America.

1: Carter Mountain Orchard Charlottesville, Virginia

Yelp users love the apple cider donuts and the beautiful views at this family farm.

2: Cider Hill Farm Amesbury, Massachusetts

Less than an hour's drive from Boston, fans love the well-stocked shop on site to pick up food and decor items to truly relish fall.

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Willowbrook Apple Farm in Oak Glen, California.

Photo by: Yelp/Lina C.

Yelp/Lina C.

Willowbrook Apple Farm in Oak Glen, California.

3: Willowbrook Apple Farm Oak Glen, California

Apple picking doesn't gear up until October at this 100-year-old family farm which also features an array of adorable farm animals for visitors to meet.

4: Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard Hendersonville, North Carolina

This farm features more than 20 varieties of apples, as well as a corn maze and pumpkin patch to get into the fall spirit.

5: Solebury Orchards New Hope, Pennsylvania

A wagon takes apple pickers out to the orchard where ripe fruit ready for picking is clearly marked. The apple cider and apple cider donuts are big hits with Yelp reviewers.

6: Ochs Orchard Warwick, New York

A large variety of apples and friendly employees make this a popular fall destination in an area crowded with apple-picking options.

7: Honey Hill Orchard Waterman, Illinois

A bakery, shop and the option of grabbing a coffee, hot chocolate or cider makes this apple-picking orchard a great place to linger. Apple cider donuts and pumpkin donuts are also on offer.

8: Jaswell’s Farm Smithfield, Rhode Island

Order for pick-up or enjoy outdoor shopping options for apple cider donuts, cider and other seasonal treats. The apple picking at Jaswell's is hyper organized and the staff is friendly, Yelp users report.

Applecrest Farm Orchards

Applecrest Farm Orchards

Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Photo by: Yelp/Emily H.

Yelp/Emily H.

Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

9: Applecrest Farm Orchards Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

A wide variety of grocery options, from maple syrup to frozen pies and gourmet goods, make this combination apple-picking orchard and farm market a great stop for seasonal treats.

10: Homestead Farm Poolesville, Maryland

You pay for what you pick at this Maryland farm featuring a range of apple varieties and a market with takeaway goods like apple butter and cider available even to those who don't want to pick apples.

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