Fall is the perfect time to go apple picking in the U.S. Apples are in season, the leaves are changing, and you can wear a scarf without sweating. It’s the perfect opportunity for some adorable fall Instagrams, tasty apple cider doughnuts, and a fun activity with your family and friends. However, not all apple orchards are the same. Some are better than others, and you deserve to know which ones — after all, apple picking is one of the best things about fall.
Before you embark on your apple orchard fun, you need to check out our ranking of the best apple orchards in the U.S. Yelp was able to help us narrow it down to the top 50 in the nation. The review-based site identified businesses in relevant business categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "apple orchard" or "apple picking," then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning "apple orchard" and "apple picking.”
If you’re dreaming of apple dumplings, corn mazes, petting zoos, and more, read through our ranking and locate the closest apple orchard to you. No matter if you’re filling a wagon with apples or sampling a flight of hard ciders, you want to make sure that this fall you’re visiting one of the best apple orchards in the U.S.
If you want to fill your fall with apple picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and cider, you definitely need to go to Sutters Ridge Farm. There are tons of opportunities for fall photos with their wide selection of gourds, their pretty apple trees, and their very fall-feeling corn maze. Plus, you can snack on brats, doughnuts, pies, and caramel apples!
Riverview Farm feels off the beaten path but it’s full of all the fall fun you’d ever need. This apple orchard offers you-pick apples, berries, pumpkins, flowers, a corn maze, and tasty treats. Many Yelp reviews refer to the experience as “kid friendly” and “affordable.”
“I am here every single opening day of every year,” wrote one reviewer of Blue Jay Orchards. “Their cider donuts are unrivaled. The cider is A+. I buy at least 3 dozen donuts every year, and this year I can take my 10month old on her first apple picking adventure! I hope this place never ever closes.” The Connecticut spot is covered in fall foliage come autumn, and at night they have a haunted hayride!
The views Shelburne Orchards offers its customers are unbeatable. While their trees are fruitful with apples, their country store is fruitful with pickled apple honey and fresh cider doughnuts.
Wallingford’s Fruit House is apple picking at its best, according to many Yelp reviews, but a fan favorite is their apple dumplings. They’re made of dough filled with seasoned apples and topped with caramel and ice cream. Yum!
If you’re stopping by BJ Reece Orchards, you’ll find apple picking, a corn maze, a petting zoo, and tasty treats like fried apple pies. You can even take tractor rides! A pro tip from some reviewers is to scout for apples on the maze side of the orchard.
“Best apple cider you'll taste anywhere, and those apple cider donuts could start a religious movement (if they haven't already),” wrote one Yelp reviewer of Sky Top Orchard’s apple products.
Gordon Skagit Farms has tons of season produce, like fall and winter squashes, gourds, and all the apples you can pick and eat. The farm has been called “adorable,” “homey,” and “a lovely fall experience.” There are tons of opportunities for cute fall family pics in front of hand painted backdrops, hay stacks, and old trucks decorated with pumpkins.
People love going to Spicer Orchards Farm for its wide selection of you-pick fruit (especially their apples), petting zoo, apple cider doughnuts, and amazing winery-slash-brewery. Many reviewers have remarked on the affordable pricing!
The best time to visit Erwin Orchards is during a crisp fall day. That’s when the lines are the shortest and the apple trees will be less picked over. You can take a cute hay ride out to pick apples or spend time enjoying deep-fried doughnuts.
“We love this place and have a new favorite place to pick apples. Very friendly and the frills are limited to the joy of being in a natural setting, within an apple orchard, picking delicious fruit with your own hands. No need for a corn maze when you're offering a gorgeous variety of apples and at an affordable price,” wrote one Yelp reviewer of Lang’s Apple Orchard.
“I don't remember how many Johnny Gold apples or donuts we ate, but we were full and very satisfied!” wrote one reviewer of their experience at Wasem Fruit Farm.
Come to The Elegant Farmer for the market, hay wagon, apple and pumpkin picking. Many Yelpers rave about the food, including the pulled pork sandwiches, baked potatoes, cider hams and caramel apples.
Mack’s Apples is a simple spot for apple picking without any of the fuss of those larger orchards. It’s one of the cheapest apple orchards in New England with some of the best selections of apples. It also has a quaint country store with snacks.
County Line Orchard gets super-crowded quickly, so if you’re looking for a less populous place to pick your own apples and shop apple products, this isn’t it. This Indiana spot has tons of samples of all their apple products for you to taste, tractor rides, pumpkin picking, and doughnuts galore.
“We love that while the farm is family-friendly for sure, we as adults can still have a nice time and not have to wait in lines to get in, etc. For kids (and also myself, as I can't resist cute animals) they have a very cute petting zoo and some funny photo boards, pumpkins and plenty of room to run around. Last time we went there were also very cute little kittens running around. I think they might have some kind of wagon-y ride out to the orchard, but it's really not a far walk at all,” said one Yelper of Whistling Well Farm.
Fall is not complete without a visit to Tougas Family Farm in Northborough. Guests take a tractor though the large property to get to different kinds of fruits and a pumpkin patch. Plus, their petting zoo is full of super-cute animals that will keep your kids entertained all day long.
Marker-Miller Orchards is super family friendly. According to one reviewer, “You can easily spend the day here between the orchards, the nice picnic area and playground for the kids!”
CherryHawk has been described as “the cutest little apple orchard that could possibly exist,” by one Yelp reviewer. Visitors drive through two fields of sunflowers to get to the apple orchard, which makes for a truly stunning ride.
You’ll live your best fall life at Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel Market. This Connecticut spot has corn and sunflower mazes, fresh apple cider, apple cider doughnuts and, obviously, apple picking. “I would say this is the best orchard around Hartford area, or may be the best orchard anywhere that I have gone to,” wrote a reviewer.
As one Yelper put it, “You're really spoiled for choice here.” Eckert’s has so much more than just apples. This farm offers tomatoes, squashes, gourds, eggplant, bell peppers, sweet peppers, cucumber, and kale. But if you’re looking for heartier options, they also sell cheese curds, pulled pork sandwiches, and homemade fudge.
“Loads of different apple varieties, some small some large, tart/sweet, but always loads of fun! The staff are friendly and efficient, there was a stand for fresh dipped caramel apples and kettle corn (drool!)” said a Yelper of their experience at Stribling Orchard.
This popular farm is a favorite across Maryland for its pick-your-own produce selection. It gets super busy at Larriland Farm during the summer and fall months because not only can you pick apples and more, but you can enjoy freshly made apple fritters, cut your own flowers to make a flower arrangement, and pet llamas.
What makes this apple orchard a must-visit is their bluegrass music, apple picking, hay rides, scarecrow making, and pumpkin patch! “Applecrest steps it up a notch with their welcoming and warm atmosphere, delicious cider donuts, pumpkin patch and warm apple cider!” wrote one Yelp reviewer.
Yelpers love Russell Orchards for their wine and cider tastings. Guests receive four pours of apple, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, and cherry wines plus hard apple cider and a take-home glass.
You will get the most #fall Instagram photo if you go apple picking at Riamede Farm. One thing Yelpers have noticed is that because it’s tucked away, it’s not as busy as other farms — so you won’t have 6,000 people picking apples in your photo. Guests can pick apples, pumpkins, sunflowers, corn, and tomatoes or indulge in cider doughnuts and fresh hot cider as well.
This pick-your-own orchard is known by Yelp users for its incredible apple cider. Ochs Orchard is also known for its gorgeous produce, beautiful view, and long lines, so make sure you get there early to beat the rush!
Cider Hill Farms in Virginia is an absolutely stunning place to pick apples, blueberries and strawberries, and even to shop for cider doughnuts and honey! This farm has hay bales, goats, chickens, swings, food trucks, and even hard cider. Bet you didn’t think you could get all of that out of your apple picking excursion!
This destination may sit just outside of Los Angeles, but you’ll feel like you’re miles away from Hollywood roaming through this apple orchard’s gorgeous natural beauty. At Willowbrook, guests can pick their own apples, press their cider, see mini horses, enjoy caramel apples and other treats, and even shop a bunch of their farm products like honey and apple butter. Can’t stop thinking about all the autumnal activities you’re going to do this month (us too)? We can’t help it, we’re just obsessed with fall!
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