10 + Amazing Apple Orchards in East Tennessee: Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tri-Cities

While pumpkin may be the reigning king of fall flavor, nothing quite rings in the season like sinking your teeth into a warm slice of cinnamon apple bread or piping hot fried apple pies. Don’t forget to wash them down with some fresh pressed apple cider. Yum!

Of course there’s no better way to enjoy all your favorite apple treats this season than with a visit to one of the many wonderful apple orchards in East Tennessee.

While some apple varieties do begin to ripen in summer, the crisp fall air brings our regions most popular varieties to life, including Honey Crisp, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and many more! Even better, our local apple season lasts all the way through early November!

Apple Orchards in East Tennessee

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Whether you are looking for pre-picked apples or apple picking fun, the perfect orchard for fabulous fall memories is only a click away! Orchard locations include Chattanooga, Knoxville, Tri-Cities, and the surrounding areas.

If you are interested in a longer day trip, The Carolinas also offer some great u-pick options. Check them out at Kidding Around Greenville.

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Apple Orchards in East Tennessee: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Tri-Cities

Mountain Mist Farms offers a variety of u-pick crops, including apples (coming 2020), blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, red and black currants, gooseberries, elderberries, and cherries. They also use their grapes for homemade wine!

In addition to all the u-pick goodies, they also produce local blackberry blossom honey, and wildflower blossom honey, which they sell in their farm store.

Pick-your-Own: YES

Sevier County

Located just 20 minutes from Ducktown, TN and 1 hour from Cleveland, this popular orchard and farm offers a variety of pick-your-own crops, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Throughout picking season, visitors can also take tractor tours across the farm property.

In addition to u-pick, there is also a farm store with a large variety of pre-picked produce, fresh baked goods, canned goods, and more!

There is also a delicious cafe on-site serving up seasonal favorites for breakfast and lunch, including their famous apple cinnamon bread.

Apple Varieties:

  • July – Ginger Gold, June, and Zestar
  • August – Blondee, Detroit Red, Gala, Golden Supreme, and Johnathon
  • September – Ambrosia, Cameo, Crimson Crisp, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jona Prince, Mcintosh, Mutzu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, September Wonder, and Smokehouse
  • October – Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Candy Crisp, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gold Rush, Hampshire, Pink Lady, Splendor, Stayman Winesap, Topaz, and Yates

Pick-Your-Own: YES

This popular local orchard sells its apples at its restaurant and farm store. The restaurant features fresh apple cider, traditional county cookin’, and a variety of apple baked goods, including their famous fried pies. Yum!

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Cocke County

This popular attraction near Chattanooga oozes nostalgic fall fun. It boasts a farm store, gift shop, pie shop, and cafe, which features a wide variety of southern favorites. Their apple-themed treats, including apple dumplings, fried pies, and apple cider donuts really seem to draw a crowd. Yum!

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Bledsoe County

In addition to a variety of apples and homemade apple cider, the Apple Barn boasts a winery, country restaurant, general store and more!

Cider Making Demonstration: You and your family can watch the cider making process all throughout the fall, starting just after Labor Day. On Thursdays the apples are juiced, and Fridays the juice is placed into jugs.

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Sevier County

This location features a large farm store with a variety of apples, canned goods, baked goods, and more. Although this is not a u-pick farm, the orchard does offer seasonal tractor tours, and school field trips.

Apple Varieties:

  • August: Lodi, Pristine, Ginger Gold, Red Free, Caitlin Gala, Gala, and Detroit Red
  • September: Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Senshu, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Mutsu, and Charlie Gold
  • October: Stayman, Fuji, York, Arkansas Black, Goldrush, Yates, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Cameo

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Bradley County

Rowell’s sells a variety of apples and apple products in its farm store. According to their website, they grow all their own apples on-site.

Apple Varieties:

  • August – Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, and Jonathan
  • September – Early Stayman, Winesap, Honey Crisp, Macintosh, Shizuka, Red Delicious, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Stark Ultragold, Jonagold, and Rome Beauty,
  • October – Mutsu, Cameo, Truly Winesap, Arkansas Black, Red Staymen, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Gold Rush

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Cumberland County

This small orchard sells apples and a variety of apple products, including cider, at its farm store.

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Cocke County

Famed for its awesome homemade apple cider, this orchard sells a wide variety of apples and apple products at its farm store. While they do grow most of their own apples, they also sell apples they purchase from other farms.

Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, Sansa, Gala

Pick-Your-Own: NO

Hamilton County

The Wheeler’s claim to fame is their fresh pressed apple cider, u-pick apple orchard, and grapes. They also sell a variety of pre-picked apples, apple products, baked goods, canned goods, and gifts in their farm store.

Apple Varieties:

  • July – Red Free, Mollies Delicious
  • August – Gala, Ginger Gold
  • September – Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Empire, Mutzu, Blushing Golden, Truly Winesap, Tennessee Red, Liberty, Courtland, and red Rome Beauty
  • October – Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Arkansas Black, Hardy Cumberland

Fall Grape Varieties:

Niagara, Boco Noir, COncord, Delaware, Marquis, Glenora, Steuben, Vanessa, Venus, Moore’s Diamond, Mare’s Seedless, Buffalo, Van Buren, Fredonia, Reliance, Sheridan, Brighton, Alden, Ontario, Seibel

Pick-Your-Own: YES

Sequatchie County

This fabulous farm and orchard offers a variety of pick-your-own crops throughout the year including apples, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, pumpkins, and variety of winter squash.

Fall Fun: In addition to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, this farm also offers a hay ride. For anyone wanting a less commercialized pumpkin picking experience, this farm will be wonderful!

Apple Varieties:

  • July – William’s Pride, Zestar
  • August – Gala, Honey Crisp
  • September – Fuji, Sweet 16, Wolf River, Jonagold, Yellow Delicious, Cameo, Mutsu, Red Staymen, Northern Spy, Winter Banana, Enterprise, and Braeburn
  • October – Fuji, Pink Lady, and Gold Rush

Pick-Your-Own: YES

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Quick Tips

  • Each apple variety will ripen in its own time and may not be available the entire month.
  • Bring cash, because several of the orchards and stores do not accept credit cards.
  • These are working farms. Protect your feet by wearing closed-toe shoes.
  • Go early in the morning or late in the day to beat the crowds.
  • Go later in the season to beat the heat.

Books to Share

  • Apples and Pumpkins – Bringing all your fall favorites together in one book, this story features a family’s trip to the farm where they pick apples, choose a pumpkin, and carve jack-o-lantern.
  • Applesauce Day – In this nostalgic book, kids spend the day with grandma picking apples at the orchards and turning them into delicious homemade applesauce.
  • How Do Apples Grow? – Take a picture-based trip to the farm to discover how apples grow from bud to fruit.

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