The 12 Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards for Apple Picking & More

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[Updated August 15, 2023]

Did you know that North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producing state in the USA? Or that Hendersonville Apple Orchards are the most prolific apple producing orchards in the state of North Carolina?    

There are a whopping 19 Hendersonville apple orchards, which is pretty amazing for a Blue Ridge Mountain town with a population of around 15,500 people.

Some of them date back nearly 100 years, and many offer u-pick apples. But all of them make for a great outing if you Visit Hendersonville in late summer or early autumn. 

They’ve hosted the annual North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville for more than 75 years now, attracting more than 250,000 visitors to the area just south of Asheville every Labor Day Weekend. 

Read on for our in-depth guide to the best apple orchards in Hendersonville NC, including orchards offering apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides pumpkin patches, and more!

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Apple Orchards in Hendersonville NC Guide

(Listed alphabetically)

  1. Coston Farm and Apple House
  2. Creasman Farms
  3. Grandad’s Apples
  4. J&M Farms
  5. Jeter Mountain Farm 
  6. Justus Orchard 
  7. McConnell Farms
  8. Mountain Fresh Orchards
  9. Owenby’s Apple House & Orchard
  10. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard 
  11. Sky Top Orchard 
  12. Twisted Apple Orchard

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apples in NC - Coston Farm
Photo courtesy of Coston Farm

1. Coston Farm and Apple House

3748 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville NC • (828) 685-8352

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Coston Farm & Apple House is one of the most popular places for North Carolina apple picking, and a proud grower for Gerber.

Lola and David Coston run this 4th generation Hendersonville apple orchard with their 4 children, and their grandkids are often found helping out at the historic farm. 

Coston Farm is an excellent place for NC apple picking because they offer at least 11 varietals to choose from. Their Apple House also has a fantastic bakery with many apple-themed baked goods.   

In August, apple varieties include Gala and Honeycrisp, while September brings Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, and more. The season winds down in October with Granny Smith, Late Fuji, and Pink Lady.

The family-owned farm opens its doors for u-pick from 8:30AM to 5:ooPM, Monday through Saturday.

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NC apple orchards - Creasman Farms
Photo courtesy of Creasman Farms

2. Creasman Farms

280 Bent Arrow Ln, Hendersonville NC • (828) 685-7728

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One of the most beloved NC Apple Orchards, this 3rd generation farm prioritizes its community by offering U-Pick days and being a fixture at Hendersonville farmers markets.

Bob and Dawn Creasman run the farm, but their daughters and son-in-law are already learning the ropes of the family business.

Creasman Farms is a prominent fixture at 5 different farmers markets and several local festivals, and they offer U-pick opportunities on Sundays from 1PM to 5PM from Labor Day through October.

The farm grows over 40 different types of apples, but only 16 are available for U-pick, including Gold Rush, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Shenshu, Fuji, Mutsu, and more.

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Exterior of Grandad's Apples, one of the best apple orchards in Hendersonville NC
Exterior of Grandad’s Apples

3. Grandad’s Apples

2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-685-1685

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Opened in 1994, the family-owned Grandad’s Apples is one of the most family-friendly apple farms in Hendersonville NC we’ve visited. 

Owner Pat Lancaster is a fourth generation apple farmer, with wife Leslie managing the farm market and daughters Kaylin and Kayce helping out as well (they created popular sweet treats like the Mountain Glacier Slushie).

There’s a lot of things to do with kids on Grandad’s picturesque 120-acre property. Activities include an apple cannon, cow train rides, a corn maze, a playground, picking a pre-cut pumpkin, or tasting treats from the bakery.

You can also go apple picking on select weekends, shop for locally made products (such as jams, honey, and soap), and taste samples of apple varieties we haven’t seen anywhere else in the North Carolina mountains.

Grandad’s 2023 apple season in NC ends in late October, and they’re open daily from 8AM to 6PM.

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Apple Orchard at Freeman Orchards in Hendersonville NC
Apple Orchard at Freeman Orchards

4. J&M Farms

3016 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-685-3311

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One of the oldest apple orchards in Hendersonville NC, the family-owned J&M Farms (previously known as Freeman Orchards) started in 1934 and has been passed down through several generations. 

What separates them from other Hendersonville apple orchards is the fact that they specialize in heirloom apples, including two unique varieties developed by owner W.L. Freeman (“Carolina Crunch” and “Tuck’s Bride). 

Though they do not offer u-pick options here, they do let kids pick one apple from the 50+ varieties they grow. About half of those are heirloom apples, and they had 23 different varieties available on the day we visited.

In addition to growing apples and peaches on the property, the J&M farm market offers everything from apple butter and homemade jams to fried pies, honey, pumpkins, and an array of fresh-grown produce. 

The farm is open 7 days a week, 9AM to 6PM, from August 1 to Christmas

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Hayride through the orchards at Jeter Mountain Farm Apple Orchard in Hendersonville NC
Hayride through the orchards at Jeter Mountain Farm

5. Jeter Mountain Farm 

1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-513-0404

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One of the newest places for apple picking in Hendersonville NC, the Jeter Mountain Farm is another multi-generational family-owned business.

Dating back to the early 1800s, the 411-acre property was eventually converted into a farm for horseback riding. Though its usage has changed over the years, the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains remain spectacular. 

The first of their 6,000 apple trees were planted in 2014, and they opened for u-pick apples in 2020. Their apple season lasts from mid-July to late October, with hours from 10AM-3PM Thursday and Friday, and 10AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday.

They also offer tractor rides, a farm market, hard apple ciders, apple cider donuts, an indoor play area for kids, and a BBQ food truck that rivals most of the local restaurants we’ve sampled. 

The family lovingly converted the equestrian farm’s rustic buildings into one of the most elegant apple farms we’ve ever visited. This place is so photogenic, it’s transformed into a special events and wedding venue in the off-season. 

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Family fun at Justus Orchard in Hendersonville NC
Family-friendly fun at Justus Orchard

6. Justus Orchard 

187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-974-1232

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly Hendersonville apple picking experience, the Justus Orchard ranks high among the best farms in the area to visit. 

Started by owner Don Justus’ great grandfather, this was the first u-pick apple farm in Hendersonville, offering apple picking since 1968. It was made famous by Don’s son Chris Justus, Chief Meteorologist for WYFF 4 in Greenville SC. 

Today the 5th generation farm grows 26 types of apples on 75 acres. The property also features an animal barn (with goats, donkeys, pigs, and more), apple cannons, cow train rides, playground with “jumping pillow,” and more. 

If you’re hungry, there’s a BBQ restaurant and bakery on site, serving up apple cider, apple donuts, and the best fried apple pies we’ve ever tasted. They’re made by Don’s brother-in-law, who uses 3 delicious kinds of apples. 

Justus Orchards is open 9AM-5PM daily from July through early November. Check out their website for special events, including various festivals and live music by local artists. 

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North Carolina apples - McConnell Farms
Photo courtesy of McConnell Farms

7. McConnell Farms

177 Old Dana Rd, Hendersonville NC • (828) 692-2819

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Opened back in the 1940s, the family-owned McConnell Farm is a great place to get delicious apples in NC. They have booths at local farmers markets, and stay open all year round!

This farm prides itself on produce diversity.  In Spring, they sell strawberries, honey, asparagus, etc. In Summer, they sell cherries, peaches, green beans, etc.

When the Autumn season is in full swing, they sell 27 different apple varietals, figs, corn, etc. In Winter, they sell produce like apples and ginger. 

McConnell Farm also sells products such as old-fashioned ice cream, donuts, jams and jellies, fresh farm eggs, and much more! They’re usually open from 9AM to 5PM, and have a lovely covered picnic area.

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Fresh Apples at Mountain Fresh Orchards in Hendersonville NC
Fresh apples for sale at Mountain Fresh Orchards

8. Mountain Fresh Orchards

2887 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-435-0020

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One of the oldest apple orchards in Hendersonville NC, Mountain Fresh Orchards opened in 1981 and is owned and operated by the Carland family today.

Although they don’t offer a u-pick option, this is one of the best places to buy fresh apples in Hendersonville NC. They offer 17 varieties of apples grown on a 12-acre farm, as well as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and other veggies. 

What’s most impressive about Mountain Fresh Orchards is the diversity of their bakery items, including apple cider donuts, apple bread, apple pies and tarts, apple fritters and turnovers, and much more. 

The shop also features specialty items such as locally made jams and preserves, homemade honeycrisp applesauce, hoop cheese, country ham, and an array of Appalachian crafts and holiday decorations

They’re open 8AM-6PM daily, from late August through mid-November, and offer train rides on the “Apple Express” train through the orchard on weekends (weather permitting).

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North Carolina orchards - Owenby Orchards
Photo courtesy of Owenby Orchards

9. Owenby’s Apple House & Orchard

3807 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville NC • (828) 685-9917

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Owenby’s Orchard has been growing unique North Carolina apples for 60+ years now, with their roadside market (the Apple House) opened around 20 years ago.

It was originally opened by Harold and Margie Owenby, who ran the business for 57 years. Now it’s overseen by their son, Greg, who always incorporates an M and H into his corn maze designs in their honor.

This Hendersonville NC apple orchard does not have a U-pick option, but they do grow an array of varietals, including Candy Crisp, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and Gold Rush

Their roadside market also sells items such as apple cider, apple butter, jams and jellies, boiled peanuts, handmade wood crafts, fountain drinks, and more.

Owenby’s Apple House is open from 8 AM to 6 PM daily.

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Scarecrow Barn at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville NC
Scarecrow Barn at Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

10. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard 

170 Stepp Orchard Dr, Hendersonville NC • 828-685-9083

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Another of the oldest Hendersonville apple orchards, Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard was founded by the late J.H. Stepp (a leader in the North Carolina apple industry) and started offering u-pick apples in the 1960s.

The 105-acre farm is now run by his son Mike, wife Rita, their daughter Danielle and her husband, with their children making Stepp’s a 3-generation family-run business. 

Surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the 40-acre orchard features 26 apple varieties, a huge pumpkin patch, and fields of pick-your-own grapes, sunflowers, tulips, and zinnias. 

On weekends you can take a wagon ride through the orchard, navigate the 5-acre corn maze, or try hitting a target with the apple cannons. There’s also a covered picnic area, and a bakery offering delicious apple cider and pumpkin donuts. 

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is open for visitors through the end of October. Their hours are 9AM-5:30PM Monday to Thursday, 9AM-6PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10AM-6PM on Sunday. 

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Apple Treats at Sky Top Orchard in Hendersonville NC
Delicious Apple Treats at Sky Top Orchard

11. Sky Top Orchard

1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock NC • 828-692-7930

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Located in the small town of Flat Rock (which is technically a village), Sky Top Orchard is our favorite of the various apple orchards near Hendersonville NC.

Founded in the late 1960s by Everette Butler, and now run by son David and his wife, Lindsey, this is one of the oldest u-pick apple farms in Henderson County. They grow nearly 30 varieties of apples. 

Surrounded by beautiful North Carolina mountains, the 70+ acre farm is packed with u-pick apples, cherries, grapes, and pears. The orchard’s rows are helpfully labeled so you’ll know which varieties are ripe and juicy for picking. 

This is a great place for families, with a full bakery, apple cannons, animals in the barnyard, tractor-pulled hayrides, gem mining, and lots of other fun activities.

Sky Top Orchard is open from early summer (once the sour cherries ripen) until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Their daily hours are 9AM-5PM until Labor Day Weekend; 9AM-6PM until Daylight Savings Time ends; then 9AM- 5PM again until they close for the season.

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NC apple picking - Twisted Apple
Photo courtesy of Twisted Apple

12. Twisted Apple Orchard

4039 US-64, Hendersonville NC • (828) 712-1919

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The Twisted Apple Orchard is unique among the many North Carolina orchards because it is the only Henderson County apple orchard to go organic.

This orchard does not offer u-pick apple opportunities, but they have an excellent selection of pre-picked apples and often host booths at local festivals.

Their orchard and farm market are open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. 

They also host special seasonal events, including a Honeycrisp Fall harvest in mid-September, a Cider Fest Weekend in October, and customer appreciation weekends.

It’s an excellent place to visit on your next trip to the town of Hendersonville, North Carolina! –by Bret Love & Chloe Burgette; all photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett unless otherwise noted.

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The BRMTG was created by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, the award-winning team behind the world-renowned responsible travel website Green Global Travel. Born and raised in North Georgia, Editor-In-Chief Bret Love grew up hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his family. A professional writer/editor since 1995, he's covered travel and culture for 100+ publications, including American Way, Destination Marriott, Georgia Travel Guide, National Geographic, and Southbound. In 2010 he co-founded the award-winning website, Green Global Travel, which is ranked among the world's top travel blogs. Since launching BRMTG in 2020, he and Mary Gabbett have visited 50+ Blue Ridge Mountain towns together. Though she lived in NYC for 14 years, photographer/Business Manager Mary Gabbett's family has Georgia roots dating back 200+ years. Her great-grandfather was President of the Western Railroad of Alabama. Before moving to Atlanta in 1989, she fell in love with the North GA mountains, where her aunt owned a cabin. In 2010 she co-founded Green Global Travel, and has since traveled to more than 40 countries on six continents. Her photos have appeared in numerous travel publications (including National Geographic and Southbound) and various textbooks.