The Apple Festival is winding up today, and all the major orchards in the area were there with this year’s crop. But visiting the orchards is possible around this area for most of the summer and fall. They are open for apple harvest several months of the year, with fresh apples where you can pick your own or pick up a pack already made for you. For me, these orchards are anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes away, easy pickin’s. One of the most picturesque is Sky Top Orchard at the top of Pinnacle Mountain Road just south of Flat Rock. The views are wonderful, and you can pick your own apples right off the trees.
The views of the mountains behind the apple trees are just stunning.
You can pick your own apples, selecting just the ones you want off the trees. Lots of varieties are available too, including the locally prized Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Gala, Mutsu, and more.
I liked the scene of this tractor with the orchards in the background, and farther back running over the hill. A similar one will be entered today in the State Fair competition for agriculture photography.
There is a pavilion where you can buy fresh apples, already picked for you. Galas and Honey Crisp are available now, but the Honey Crisp will be all gone soon. You know, we eat all we can here.
Gorgeous sweet red and tart green apples are ready for munching, or baking into lovely breads, pies and donuts.
More apples ready to buy. I’m not sure which variety these are, I forgot to write down any notes.
The views from the top of Pinnacle Mountain are worth the trip.
Layers of mountains, smoky blue even on a clear day.
One more view of the orchards with a mountain backdrop.
You can visit the orchard well into fall, in fact some of the varieties are not ‘pickable’ yet, so another visit is in order.
I hope you enjoyed your mountain top orchard visit. I’ll be working at the State Fair this morning doing take-in for the quilt competition. I’ll be entering all my photos and crafts this morning too. I love this time of year! Will bring you more on our Mountain Regional State Fair soon.
How are you spending your Labor Day weekend?