The North Carolina apple harvest season is runs from late August through October. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas. In addition, a number of other varieties are harvested. Fresh apples, pumpkins, cider, produce, baked goods, jellies, honey and many other items may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets or produce stands located throughout Henderson County. Some orchards allow you to pick your own apples. Several orchards have expanded their operations to include family fun activities such as playgrounds, corn mazes, apple cannons, wagon rides and tours.
Download a Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail, to guide you to the local apple orchards!
Enjoy self-guided driving tours in and around Henderson County’s apple country for apple products and views of colorful leaves painting the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tour maps are available at the Visitors Center at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville or click to download a copy of the Fall Harvest Driving Tour.