Apple Picking Fun at 3 of Atlanta's Nearby Orchards

Point your car to North Georgia for a day at the orchard.
  • Apple orchards in North Georgia are the perfect family weekend escape.
    Apple orchards in North Georgia are the perfect family weekend escape.

When fall is upon us that means a visit to orchards in North Georgia. Apple picking is the perfect way to send a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. These orchards are just a little more than an hour from Atlanta. Visiting one is  a terrific way to introduce young ones to food sources. Hurry; apple picking season lasts only about two months. 

  1. B.J. Reece Orchards - In Ellijay, B.J. Reece is open every day of the week, and you can pick your own apples. There is a bakery on site, stocked with cider, jams and other goods. The orchard also features a petting zoo, zip lines and pony rides. During the week, entry is $2; on weekends it is $3. Then you pay per the bag size you want. Pricing is $7 half bag, $12 u-pick bag.

  2. Hillcrest Orchards - Also located in Ellijay, weekday admission is $8 per person. One weekends, admission is $10 and includes a petting farm, wagon rides, swimming pig races plus access to playgrounds featuring putt putt and giant slides. Hillcrest also features live bands and cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage. New this year is an apple tree maze.

    The on-site bakery is open every day and offers goodies such as fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts and apple fritters. You can even enjoy a meal on weekends. The restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, funnel cakes and more. Apples are $7 for half a bag and $11 for a full bag.

  3. Mercier Orchards - Located in Blue Ridge, Mercier's admission is $4 per person. Make a full day of it when you visit Mercier, where they offer breakfast including biscuits, waffles and even a buffet. There's a bakery on site where you can stock up on essential sweets to take home. Can't make it to the farm? No problem, you can still order online. They deliver pies, muffins, peanut brittle, apple cider and more. Pricing is $6 half bag, $12 bag for u-pick. 

Now that you've added "apple picking" to your Atlanta to-do list, see what else there is to do around the city.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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