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Mapping Georgia's Apple Orchards in Time for Fall Splendor

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It's October, which means it's apple-picking season here in Georgia. Whether you like hitting the field to pick them yourself, or prefer just buying a (few) dozen apple cinnamon doughnuts and cider for the drive home, there's fun to be had — and food to be eaten. While Ellijay may be home to the majority of orchards, apple-picking attractions can be found across North Georgia. Offering a wide array of things to do beyond apple-related elation, the orchards are a one-stop shop for enjoying autumn. So have a gander at the trusty guide to find 12 of the best farms to visit.



Remember, given the nature of apple operations it's best to call the orchard ahead of time to make sure they have what you want and are open.

· Georgia orchards directory [Orange Pippin]
· Best Places For Apple Picking Near Atlanta [CBS Atlanta]

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1. B.J. Reece's Apple House

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9131 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

With a wide array of apple varieties, B.J. Reece's offers the chance to pick your own apples in their orchard, through November 1. For those who want some fauna with their flora, there's a petting zoo and other activities.

2. Freedom Farms

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2363 Ballground Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705
(404) 563-9289
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Touting "boutique" apple varieties, Freedom Farms is hardly a one-fruit kind of place. While it may be apple season now, they also grow peaches, which is rather appropriate considering this is the Peach State.

3. H & H Orchards

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Colvin Dr
Locust Grove, GA 30248

The only orchard listed south of the city, H&H shows up on an array of searches, but little information is available as to what all is offered.

4. Hazel Creek Cider, Inc.

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227 Smiling Apple Dr
Mt Airy, GA 30563

For those keen on cider, the name says it all. Featuring a variety of ciders manufactured onsite, the orchard caters to those who may prefer drinking their apples.

5. Hillcrest Orchards

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9696 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 273-3838
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With dwarf apple trees, Hillcrest Orchards offer the chance for kids to get in on the apple-picking action without the need for a back-breaking boost by parents.

6. Hillside Orchard Country Store

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6291 Old 441 S
Tiger, GA 30576

Aside from apple picking, kids can enjoy gem mining and a farm-themed playground at this cannery-turned-orchard in northeast Georgia.

7. Mercier Orchards

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8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(800) 361-7731
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Located up in Blue Ridge, Mercier has been harvesting apples for more than 70 years. And for those who like their fruit fermented, they now feature a winery.

8. Jaemor Farms

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5340 GA-365
Alto, GA 30510

Focusing not just on apples but an array of fruits, the Jaemor Farms store features jams, jellies, pies and honey. And for those looking for a challenge, they've even got a corn maze.

9. Mountain View Orchards and Cider House Cafe

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2984 Mobile Rd
McCaysville, GA 30555
(706) 492-7753

Straddling the Georgia-Tennessee state line, Mountain View Orchards offers the northern-most apple picking in the state.

10. Panorama Orchards, Inc.

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63 Talona Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 276-3813
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Fried pies and homemade fudge are major attraction at this orchard which dates back to the 1920s.

11. R&A Orchards

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5505 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 273-3821
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The Futch family has been running operations at the orchard since 1947 and prides itself on family traditions and year-round care of the orchards.

12. Red Apple Barn

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3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540

With wagon rides, a pumpkin patch and a flower garden, this orchard offers a lot more than the name suggests.

1. B.J. Reece's Apple House

9131 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536

With a wide array of apple varieties, B.J. Reece's offers the chance to pick your own apples in their orchard, through November 1. For those who want some fauna with their flora, there's a petting zoo and other activities.

9131 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

2. Freedom Farms

2363 Ballground Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705

Touting "boutique" apple varieties, Freedom Farms is hardly a one-fruit kind of place. While it may be apple season now, they also grow peaches, which is rather appropriate considering this is the Peach State.

2363 Ballground Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705

3. H & H Orchards

Colvin Dr, Locust Grove, GA 30248

The only orchard listed south of the city, H&H shows up on an array of searches, but little information is available as to what all is offered.

Colvin Dr
Locust Grove, GA 30248

4. Hazel Creek Cider, Inc.

227 Smiling Apple Dr, Mt Airy, GA 30563

For those keen on cider, the name says it all. Featuring a variety of ciders manufactured onsite, the orchard caters to those who may prefer drinking their apples.

227 Smiling Apple Dr
Mt Airy, GA 30563

5. Hillcrest Orchards

9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536

With dwarf apple trees, Hillcrest Orchards offer the chance for kids to get in on the apple-picking action without the need for a back-breaking boost by parents.

9696 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

6. Hillside Orchard Country Store

6291 Old 441 S, Tiger, GA 30576

Aside from apple picking, kids can enjoy gem mining and a farm-themed playground at this cannery-turned-orchard in northeast Georgia.

6291 Old 441 S
Tiger, GA 30576

7. Mercier Orchards

8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Located up in Blue Ridge, Mercier has been harvesting apples for more than 70 years. And for those who like their fruit fermented, they now feature a winery.

8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

8. Jaemor Farms

5340 GA-365, Alto, GA 30510

Focusing not just on apples but an array of fruits, the Jaemor Farms store features jams, jellies, pies and honey. And for those looking for a challenge, they've even got a corn maze.

5340 GA-365
Alto, GA 30510

9. Mountain View Orchards and Cider House Cafe

2984 Mobile Rd, McCaysville, GA 30555

Straddling the Georgia-Tennessee state line, Mountain View Orchards offers the northern-most apple picking in the state.

2984 Mobile Rd
McCaysville, GA 30555

10. Panorama Orchards, Inc.

63 Talona Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540

Fried pies and homemade fudge are major attraction at this orchard which dates back to the 1920s.

63 Talona Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540

11. R&A Orchards

5505 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536

The Futch family has been running operations at the orchard since 1947 and prides itself on family traditions and year-round care of the orchards.

5505 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536

12. Red Apple Barn

3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540

With wagon rides, a pumpkin patch and a flower garden, this orchard offers a lot more than the name suggests.

3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540