WALKING TRAILS

The Eric L. Gressel Memorial Trails

In early 2012, Bill and Judy Carson gathered a team of experts in trail building, graphic design, and the natural and cultural history of the Orchard at Altapass. Together they designed a trail network that would wind through the rows of apple trees and adjacent mountain cove forest overlooking the “high pass” for which Altapass was named. The project was made possible by funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Progress Energy, and contributions in memory of Eric L. Gressel, a long-time Orchard volunteer. The trail network provided a self-guided walking tour through the property using trail maps and trail signs to highlight its agricultural, and natural significance.

Over this past winter spring season, the trails were rewalked, remapped, and renumbered. This summer, pick up a map in the general store, then head out to the trails. Be sure to check out the new and old maps at the trailhead (across from the Apple Core Grill). As you walk, look for the colored markers to help guide your way.

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Trail Guidelines

Visitor Behavior: All visitors are expected to act with respect and courtesy as permitted guests on private land.

NO climbing on Orchard equipment

NO collecting or picking (except apples, with purchase of bag)


NO ladders or tree climbing allowed

NO horses, bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed

NO hunting

Please stay on the trails. Remember this is a working orchard.

Pets must be on leashes (Please pick up after your pet.)

* Please restrict your walking to the main trails when Orchard is open. The Orchard at Altapass assumes no responsibility for any incidents that happen off the trails. Please download or refer to the map at the trail head for locations/markers for main trails. Thanks.

View or download our Trails Brochure 

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In addition to the trail itself and the fun walking into a simpler time, the Orchard partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks to provide nature activity brochures for visiting children all year round.

Fun Kids in Parks Adventure brochures to download, print and bring to The Orchard for your visit.
(click the images to view/print/download)

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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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