September is peak apple season in Georgia – and North Georgia is home to some of the best u-pick orchards in the region. Perfect for a day trip, most of these orchards are just a short drive from Atlanta. Plus you’ll be able to take in the fall scenery along the way.
Keep in mind that many farms have limited weekly hours for u-pick. I’ve included seasonal information for each orchard below, but these dates and times are always subject to change. To ensure a successful trip, contact the orchard beforehand and confirm their hours and offerings. Happy picking!
BJ Reece Apple House & Orchards (Ellijay): Open every day until October 31st – including holidays – this is a great orchard to visit for u-pick as well as farm activities. Some of their yearly highlights include: wagon rides, petting zoo, scavenger hunts, a zipline, and train rides.
Hillcrest Orchards (Ellijay): Hillcrest is open for apple picking every day from September 4th through October 31st. Titled their “Apple Pickin Jubilee,” this orchard also offers activities and entertainment on weekends – one of which is an apple tree maze!
R&A Orchards (Ellijay): R&A will also be open every weekend in September for u-pick and farm tours. They also have a farm market with jellies, sauces, and spreads!
Red Apple Barn (Ellijay) and Mercier Orchards (Blue Ridge): Both of these orchards are usually at the top of our list, but unfortunately due to low crops, they will not be open for general picking. Entertainment and some shopping will be available though, so these may be good options if you’re looking for a calmer orchard experience