Fall is on the horizon, and there is no shortage of things to do in and around the Atlanta area in the autumn months. Attending festivals, picking apples and observing the Georgia leaves change this fall are high on the list.
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For those Georgians looking to check apple picking off the list, here's where to find the best orchards to pick apples this fall:
Brooke Taylor picks Golden Delicious apples at B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay. (Jonathan Phillips / special)
B.J. Reece Orchards. You-pick season continues through Oct. 29, but call after Oct. 30 to be sure. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Weekdays, $2 admission for everyone 2 and over; weekends, $5 admission for everyone 3 and over includes cow milking and pig races. You-pick prices: $7 half-peck bag, $12 peck bag, $20 a half-bushel. 9131 Ga. 52 East, Ellijay. 706-276-3048, reeceorchards.com.
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R&A Orchards. Pick-your-own apple season continues through the end of September, weekends only. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free admission. $8 and $16 bags. Market open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 5505 Ga. 52 East, Ellijay. 706-273-3821, randaorchards.com
Hillcrest Orchards. Apple Pickin’ Jubilee is every Saturday and Sunday in September and October, with pick-your-own apples, live country music, pig races, cow milking, wagon rides, pony rides, bungee jumping and other activities. $12. Call for pick-your-own prices. 9696 Ga. 52 E., Ellijay; 706-273-3838, www.hillcrestorchards.net.
Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard. For $7, you get wagon rides, cornhole, horseshoes and pick-your-own apples Saturday and Sundays in September and October. Additional apple prices are: $4 quarter peck, $6 half peck, $12 peck. Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays. 3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay; 706-635-5898 or 706-635-7674, www.redapplebarn.com/
More apple orchards in North Georgia:
Aaron Family Orchards. 8350 Hwy 52 E., 706-273-3180.
Hudson’s Apple House. 8036 Hwy 52 E., 706-273-3160.
Mack Aaron’s Apple House. 8955 Hwy 52 E., 706-273-3600.
Panorama Farm Market. Hwy 515 S. (3 miles south of Ellijay), 706-276-3818.
Penland’s Apple House, Two locations: Hwy 515 / 41 Talona Spur, 706-635-5110. Also Hwy 282 /7678 Tails Creek Road, 706-635-5100.
Seller’s Apple House. 255 Parks Dr/Hwy 52 E., 706-273-3026.
Jaemor Farms. Two locations: 5340 Cornelia Highway (Highway 365 at the 35 mile marker), Alto, 770-869-3999. Also 40081 U.S. Hwy 441, Commerce, 706-335-0999
Mercier Orchards. 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, 706-632-3411.