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We like to think of spending time at the Orchard at Altapass is an experience for the senses. Especially in the fall when U-Pick is in season. If you aren't certain when your favorite apple will be ready for picking, check out the availability. Understand that the ripening times are best guesses. We work with, not around mother nature.  If you're still not sure, email us.  We're happy to help you plan your visit!

IN SEASON, we save some apples for U-Pick (a favorite for the kids). This season we will be asking for pickers to register in advance. We will provide more information in the coming weeks. (We have a short supply of picking poles so you can reach the ones in the higher branches.) The available apple trees are marked with streamers with signage to lead the way. Take a walk on the trails, find a tree or two.


(half peck approximately 4 dry quarts)

A Reminder

The Orchard U-Pick is a fun and educational experience for the entire family, so please be be mindful of our trees and apples and follow the guidelines:

~ Pick up and pay for your bag at the U-Pick station by the Apple Core Grill BEFORE heading out to the orchard (more information coming)
~ Only one half peck per family please
~ Follow the signs to U-Pick
~ Please wear appropriate clothing, bring sunscreen, jackets
~ We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes good for walking on uneven or muddy ground
; protection from ground debris
~ We take care for the land around the trees, getting rid of poison ivy/sumac, but please just take care where you walk
~ ONLY pick what is designated by cones, signage, and streamers (if the apple stem doesn't twist off easily...one light twist, it isn't ripe)
~ Remember, bees are our friends and most efficient pollinators; we need them; let them buzz
~ Feel free to taste before you buy, but it's recommended that apples be washed before eating
~ Children must be accompanied by an adult and be within arm's reach at all times.
~ Please dispose of any trash in the receptables at the red barn
~ Pets are welcome on leashes, but please pick up after them


NO backpacks or large satchels permitted in the orchard
NO climbing on trees
NO throwing apples
NO breaking off tree branches, pulling off leaves

NO hitting the trees with the picking poles
NO vehicles allowed in the orchard
NO smoking allowed on Orchard property


NO climbing on ANY Orchard equipment. It is dangerous.

If you can't find any apples on the streamered trees or are told "we're out of U-Pick for the weekend", PLEASE DON'T PICK FROM THE OTHER TREES. These apples are not ripe! Each of the U-Pick varieties is checked for ripeness before being tagged. A few days makes a huge difference between mediocre and delicious. And if you taste an apple and don't like it, please have the courtesy of paying for it, by putting it into your bag. We're a small non-profit orchard. Our field crew works hard to grow the apples to perfect ripeness.
REMEMBER: The Orchard is monitored periodically to make certain all the do's and don'ts are followed; we want everyone to enjoy picking apples
Part of our mission is to preserve the land, which includes the apples. We'll let you know when they ripen. If you are driving from a distance, please check the home page or our Facebook page on Thursday and plan on arriving early in the weekend. Because we are a small batch heirloom apple orchard, our U-Pick is limited. We do not control ripening times. When a variety has been completely U-picked, it's gone for the remainder of the season. But new varieties ripen every week. Please respect the Orchard and follow the guidelines. And if you're not certain about where to go, our staff will be happy to guide the way.


1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)



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