Sinking your teeth into a juicy farm-fresh apple is one of the most anticipated parts of the growing season here in East Tennessee. With crispy fried pies, warm cinnamon apple bread, and the sticky sweetness of a perfectly coated caramel apple, what’s not to love?
The apple orchards below are sure to satisfy all the apple cravings you’re bound to have this season. Apple picking in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge runs all the way into late October, so you have plenty of time to visit one of the farms.
With so many fun fall activities in East Tennessee, you’ll never get bored!
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Quick Tips For Apple Picking in Gatlinburg
- Depending on which month you go, different varieties of apples will be available.
- These are working farms. Protect your feet by wearing closed-toe shoes.
- To beat the summer and early fall heat, plan your visit for early in the morning or late in the day. You can also visit in late fall for cooler weather.
Mountain Mist Farms
Pigeon Forge, TN
Mountain Mist Farms is a popular u-pick farm and winery. Its apple orchard was planted several years ago and the trees will be mature in a couple of years. At that time, it will officially become the first pick-your-own apple orchard in the Smoky Mountains!
While you wait for u-pick apples, you can still visit the farm for a variety of pre-picked apples and wine made from their homegrown fruits!
The Apple Barn and Cider Mill
1 (800) 421-4606
In addition to tasty fresh apples, the Apple Barn boasts a delicious assortment of homemade fried pies in a variety of fall flavors. They also have a winery, country restaurant, general store, and more!
One of their most popular items is their fresh-pressed cider, which is made from their own homegrown apples. Yum!
For a fun learning experience, you and your family can watch the cider-making process in various stages throughout the fall. On Thursdays the apples are juiced. On Fridaysthe juice is placed into jugs.
Carver’s Orchard And Apple House Restaurant
Carver’s Orchard and Apple House Restaurant is regionally renowned for its delicious apple-flavored offerings. Popular menu items include fresh-pressed cider, fried pies, delicious pastries, and more! All their recipes are made using apples picked from their very own orchard. It doesn’t get fresher than that!
Baxter’s Orchard and Farm Store
In addition to fresh apples from their orchard, Baxter’s sells a variety of delicious homemade jams and jellies.
Bryson City, NC
While this Darnell Farms doesn’t have its own orchard, it sells a variety of delicious apple varieties which it primarily buys from small local growers. It’s also locally famous for its incredibly delicious dream whips, which come in a caramel apple flavor in the fall. Yum!