Late-season guide to apple picking around Greenville

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A basket of freshly picked apples in an orchard. Photo by iStock.

Although peak apple-picking season is typically in September, there are a variety of apples still ripe for anyone hoping to go apple picking when the leaves change colors.

While there aren’t many options for picking your own apples in Greenville, there are several orchards within a short drive of the city. North Carolina is in the top 10 apple-producing states, according to the United States Apple Association, so it’s no surprise most orchards nearby are just across the state line.

Here’s a list of nearby orchards and apple varieties:

Sky Top Orchard: In Flat Rock, North Carolina, Sky Top is only a 45-minute drive from Greenville. Activities include: wagon rides, large playground, farm animals. In the shop: apple cider donuts; pumpkin donuts; apple jams and products; pumpkins; and more.

A ripe Cripps Pink (sometimes called Lady Pink) apple. iStock.

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: In Hendersonville, North Carolina, Stepp’s Orchard is just under an hour from Greenville. Activities include: wagon rides, target shooting with an apple cannon, corn maze, pumpkin patch. In the shop: apple cider donuts; pumpkin donuts; apple jams and products; pumpkins; and more.

Justus Orchard: In Hendersonville, North Carolina, Justus Orchard is just under an hour from Greenville. Activities include: orchard tours, farm animals, Jumping Pillow for kids, pumpkin patch. In the shop: apple cider donuts; apple jams and products; pumpkins; and more.

Grandad’s Apples N’ Such: In Hendersonville, North Carolina, Grandad’s Apples is just under an hour from Greenville. Activities include: corn maze, Jumping Pillow for kids, farm animals, pumpkin patch. In the shop: apple cider donuts; local crafts; apple jams and products; pumpkins; and more.

Bryson’s Apple Orchard: In Mountain Rest, South Carolina, Bryson’s Orchard is about an hour and 20 minutes west of Greenville. Activities include: orchard tours and nearby hiking trails. In the shop: fresh apple ciders; apple jams and products; and more.

A ripe Granny Smith apple. iStock.

Ripe until mid-October: These apples are likely to go out of season soon.

  • Red Delicious
  • Mutsu (Crispin)
  • Jonathan
  • Ida Red
  • Stayman
  • Granny Smith

Ripe until late October: These apples are likely still around at many orchards.

  • Golden Delicious
  • Blushing Gold
  • Cameo
  • Rome
  • Fuji
  • Cripps Pink (Pink Lady)
A ripe Red Delicious apple. iStock.

Ripe until early November:

  • Arkansas Black

Ripe until December: These apples are usually in season until close to the end of the year.

  • Gold Rush
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