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The Historic Orchard at Altapass

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Welcome to the Orchard at Altapass, one of the most visited locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is a non-profit organization, and for over a quarter-century, we have diligently worked to "save the good stuff"—the regional traditions, culture, and the land on which all was built. We accomplish that by propagating the best heirloom apples possible (with the least amount of chemicals) and hosting activities for all ages that educate and entertain.

We invite you to come for a visit. You don't want to leave without a walk through the apple forest. Bring your appetites for the hot apple pie with hand-scooped ice cream. Pick your own apples or purchase them in our soon-to-open Apple Shed. Return to a simpler time for an hour or an afternoon at the family- (and pet-) friendly Orchard At Altapass.

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APPLES

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U-PICK

Orchard General Store

GENERAL STORE

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MUSIC ~ MUSIC

Music In The Pavilion

2:30 to 4:30
All Welcome ~ All Free


Sept 18 ~ Rewind Goodtimz
Sept 19 ~ Craggie Mtn Newfounders
Sept 25 ~ Buffalo Cove
Sept 26 ~ Slight Departure
Oct 2 ~ Goldilocks & The Bears
Oct 3 ~ Seth & Sara
Oct 9 ~ Ash Devine
Oct 10 ~ Highland Highlights
Oct 31 ~ Sam McKinney
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We are "over the apple trees with this exciting news!
Read all about it "Bringing Back the Music"
You miss it. We need it.
Help us move into the future by remembering the past.
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Special events at the Orchard

SPECIAL EVENTS

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FOR KIDS

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CELEBRATE

 
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FOR ALL AGES

ORCHARD FOUNDATION

Bill and Judy Carson and Kit Carson-Trubey founded the Orchard at Altapass in 1994. Please listen to Bill as he relates how it came to be and why it's important. Take a bite into the Orchard—just an appetizer for the whole pie.

SAVING THE GOOD STUFF

In 2011, TED Talks asked Bill Carson to tell his story—how he became involved with apples, traditional music, and the preservation of a culture and heritage of the Altapass region along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Covid-19 Update

Even though it's summer in the mountains, and we all hoped for a pandemic-free summer, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where public interaction happens. COVID-19 and its variants are extremely contagious diseases that can lead to severe illness and death. The CDC has advised all unvaccinated persons are especially vulnerable to the Delta Variant of COVID and a small number of vaccinated persons can be reinfected if exposed to a contagious person. By visiting the Orchard at Altapass, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to the virus. We encourage social interaction. Masks are no longer required, but we strongly urge all visitors to wear masks when inside the red barn or in the pavilion during a performance. And although when outside the risk is far less, if you are unsure as to your safety, please wear a mask. Your well-being is important to us.

The Orchard Foundation is not responsible for the conduct, safety, or well-being of unsupervised minors.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Altapass Foundation, Inc. is to preserve the history, heritage and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains; protect the underlying orchard land with its apples, wetlands, butterflies, and other natural features; and educate the public about the Appalachian experience.

Altapass Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit and depends on the generosity of donors to fund programs that support this mission. Click here for information about becoming a member or to make a special donation.

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While you're visiting us, take a beautiful and relaxing hike through our many Orchard Trails and unwind!

Altapass Foundation Sponsors & Partners

ADDRESSES

ADDRESS:
1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)

PHONE:
828-765-9531
TOLL-FREE:
888-765-9531

EMAIL:
information@altapassorchard.org

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2021 HOURS

June 1-October 31

Wed-Sun
10 to 5

Subject to change

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