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Ah, fall.
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Map: Georgia’s best picks for apple orchards, in time for fall

Where it comes to autumn excursions, behold some of the best destinations around Atlanta this October.

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Ah, fall.
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With October upon us and the promise of weekend highs in the mid-70s, it’s decidedly apple picking season 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 most well-known orchards in the state, apple-picking attractions can be found across North Georgia. And for those who don’t like apples, many of the orchards offer plenty of autumn activities, from hayrides to corn mazes.

Here are some of Georgia’s best-known apple orchards. 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.

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1. Red Apple Barn

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3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540
(706) 635-5898
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Apple picking at Red Apple Barn is available only on the weekends, with the orchards open Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2. B.J. Reece Orchards

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9131 Georgia 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 276-3048
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The apple orchards are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for picking. The last tickets for picking are sold at 5 p.m. In addition to apple picking, the farm also boasts pig races, a petting farm, racing ziplines, and pony rides.

3. Hillcrest Orchards

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9696 GA-52
Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 273-3838
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A 90-minute drive from Atlanta, the apple orchards are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for self-picking. 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.

4. Mercier Orchards

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8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(706) 632-3411
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Open for more than 70 years, Mercier Orchards boasts an expansive farm and store. Apple orchards are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. And for those adults looking for something refreshing after apple picking, there’s also a hard cider tasting room.

5. Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store

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18 Sorghum Mill Dr
Lakemont, GA 30552
(706) 782-2776
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Located near Tiger, home to many of Georgia’s vineyards and wineries, Hillside Orchard Farms offers apple picking, gem mining, a corn maze, and train rides. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Apple picking is “limited,” so call beforehand.

1. Red Apple Barn

3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540

Apple picking at Red Apple Barn is available only on the weekends, with the orchards open Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

3379 Tails Creek Rd
Ellijay, GA 30540

2. B.J. Reece Orchards

9131 Georgia 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536

The apple orchards are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for picking. The last tickets for picking are sold at 5 p.m. In addition to apple picking, the farm also boasts pig races, a petting farm, racing ziplines, and pony rides.

9131 Georgia 52 East
Ellijay, GA 30536

3. Hillcrest Orchards

9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536

A 90-minute drive from Atlanta, the apple orchards are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for self-picking. 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

4. Mercier Orchards

8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Open for more than 70 years, Mercier Orchards boasts an expansive farm and store. Apple orchards are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. And for those adults looking for something refreshing after apple picking, there’s also a hard cider tasting room.

8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

5. Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store

18 Sorghum Mill Dr, Lakemont, GA 30552

Located near Tiger, home to many of Georgia’s vineyards and wineries, Hillside Orchard Farms offers apple picking, gem mining, a corn maze, and train rides. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Apple picking is “limited,” so call beforehand.

18 Sorghum Mill Dr
Lakemont, GA 30552