North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina and grows 65 percent of the apples in the state. Henderson County is home to approximately 200 apple growers. The apple harvest season runs from late August through October. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas. Many orchards offer tours and allow you to pick your own apples, hayrides, homemade baked goods, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. Download a Crest of the Blue Ridge Apple Orchard Trail guide.
Enjoy self-guided Fall Apple Harvest Driving Tours in and around Henderson County’s apple country for apple products and view the orchards. Take your pick of three driving tours – 7.5 miles, 16 miles or 25 miles long. Tour maps are available maybe also be picked up at the Visitors Center at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville.
The North Carolina Apple Festival is held during Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 3. Hendersonville is the official home of the North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration to recognize the importance of the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina. Festival-goers can choose from a variety of events which feature a street fair on Historic Main Street and surrounding event venues with continuous free entertainment, arts & crafts, local apple growers selling apple products, children’s & youth activities, special shows, exhibits, open houses, festival food, and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that is family friendly, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival. Downtown comes alive with the Apple Festival Street Fair covering 8 blocks of Main Street with many vendors, selling everything from crafts to tasty treats. Apple growers will be selling apples and delicious goodies throughout the festival. For a schedule of events download the 2018 NC Apple Festival Brochure.