It’s that time of year—apple picking season! If you’re taking a weekend away in your RV or just driving down the road, consider a visit to get some apples, especially if they’re growing near you. It’s a wonderful family outing, and it’s a perfect excuse for an RV excursion.
The Northeast, and New England in particular, is a wonderful place for apple picking. New Hampshire is full of beautiful orchards, with one of the most popular being Mack’s Apples in Londonderry (just an hour north of Boston). You can pick your own, visit their retail store and can even have your apples shipped home for you. Alyson’s Orchard, in Walpole, New Hampshire, boasts 450 acres and a variety of rare heirlooms, with family entertainment offered on the weekends.
If you’re in Vermont, consider a stop by Scott Farm, where Cider House Rules was filmed—they offer classes and many unusual apples. And Massachusetts offers lots of options too, including Red Apple Farm, which boasts a farm stand, weekend barbecues, hay rides, cider donuts, fudge, and a petting zoo.
In addition to the offerings in New England, you’ll find great places for apple picking in states such as New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. Love Apple Farm in the Hudson Valley offers all the fun stuff, plus an art exhibit. For families in New York and Virginia, consider Stribling Orchard, where the bakery is open on the weekends for your perusal.
And you haven’t had a hot caramel-covered apple, that must mean it’s time to head to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina!
The Midwest offers its fair share of apple picking opportunities. If you’re in Wisconsin, try Brightonwoods Orchard in Burlington. Kids can climb a two-story treehouse while adults visit the onsite winery. In Minnesota, places like Afton Apple Orchard and Emma Krumbee’s offer a petting zoo, corn maze, and much more each fall.
The Pacific Northwest is another great spot for apple picking. Washington residents and visitors will enjoy Bellewood Farms, which also offers distillery tastings, fresh cider, a farm tour, and more. And in Oregon, Norm Lehne Gardens and Orchards offers a variety of U-pick options, including Thomas Jefferson’s favorite, the Spitzenberg.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the best places for apple picking in the U.S. If you’re getting ready to plan a fall trip and need an RV rental, start here. And if you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy this one about visiting Asheville or this article about creating your RV pre-travel checklist.