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The Historic Orchard at Altapass

WE HAVE APPLES!

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July 3rd (Friday)



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Red/Early Blaze

July 10th (next Friday)

The Orchard is now open Friday-Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. We will still be following the government recommendations and only allow 40 people at a time in the General Store. Physical distancing (not social and we encourage interaction) is required, and there is no live music. We hope this will be temporary and are working on alternatives to this very important part of the Orchard experience.

All precautions have been employed—masks (in accordance with government mandate, all staff and visitors are required to wear masks inside the barn as a 6' distancing can not be safely maintained) and gloves for staff, distancing markers, sanitizer required before entering the store and recommended as you leave. Pets are permitted inside on a leash (no mask required). And although the tasting station has been removed, most of the staff can help you with their own experiences with our jarred goods. "Best apple pie I've ever had." Bill is on premises telling tales and entertaining (although not tapping toes) visitors. He will be storytelling in coming weeks, although not on heyrides.

The trails are open, and a revised map is being installed, but please respect other walkers and continue to physical distance.

We hope that all these preventative measures will be temporary, but in the interim, the health and safety of our staff and our visitors are most important in decision making. The apples trees are still thriving and ripening. No matter what the climate of the planet, they're ready for pickin' as usual.

Welcome to the Orchard at Altapass, one of the most visited locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the last quarter century, we have diligently worked to "save the good stuff"—the regional traditions, culture, and the land on which all was built. We're accomplishing that by propagating the best 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. Bring your dancing shoes. There's room on the floor for all. And your walking shoes. You don't want to leave without a walk through the apple "forest." Bring your appetites for the apple pie alamode and Apple Core Grill delights. Pick your own apples or purchase them in our General Store (in season). Return to a simpler time for an hour or an afternoon at the family- (and pet-) friendly Orchard At Altapass.

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Adopt a Tree. Fill out the Adoption Inquiry or email for more information. UPDATE: Only 2 left!

Performances Update

Given the uncertainty of the near future and after much deliberation, we regretably have decided that in fairness to both musicians and the abreviated Orchard staff and for the safety of all, to cancel previously scheduled performances through the end of season. We know how important music is to our culture, our history and are currently working on alternatives that will satisfy all. We ask for your patience while we continue to "Save the good stuff" one day at a time.
We will post updates here on the website and on our Facebook page. Please check back often. Thanks.

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, why 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.

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.

Preserve
Protect
Educate

Help us support our staff and our farm during these times of indecision and uncertainty. Just click to go to GoFundMe. Please take a look at what one of our board members wrote, then donate. Any amount. It all adds up. Thank you.

Local Weather

 
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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2020 HOURS

SPECIAL HOURS

Thru NOV 1
Friday-Sunday
10 AM to 5 PM
(Currently no live music)

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