August marks the beginning of apple season, and there are few things as key to the economy in Hendersonville than its apples and agriculture.

Many local farms offer U-Pick activities, which can be a great time to get out and explore the beauty of Western North Carolina in a more “hands on” kind of way.

Hendersonville also has an annual Apple Festival which brings a lot of folks to the area for a fun event in September. The Apple Festival will be from September 2-5 this year! Due to the popularity of the event, rooms fill up fast! Make sure you book with us here at Mill House Suites, today and reserve your suite!

 Many apple orchards open their doors August 1st for a season of apple picking and other fall activities. Although it’s still a little early for the mountains to be set ablaze with the bright hues of fall, there is still plenty to do in between the summer and fall seasons, and apple picking is a favorite past time for many.

Below are our recommendations for some of the best apple orchards in WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA!

Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard. Choose from 21 varieties of apples, pick sunflowers, zinnias, get lost in a corn maze, go on a hay ride, grab apple cider and pumpkin donuts and more at this incredibly popular orchard in Hendersonville, NC!

Sky Top Orchard. Enjoy some of the best mountain views from Sky Top Orchard while picking apples and spending time with loved ones. They have a petting barn, some of the best cider and apple donuts in the area and more!

Jeter Mountain Farm. This farm has a little bit of everything! Not only do they have U-Pick apples, but they also offer other U-Pick items as well, such as blackberries, peaches, elderberries, and blueberries, especially during the late summer months. Starting in August, apples, grapes and other fall items start popping up, ripe for the picking!

Justus Orchard. Pick your own blackberries, apples and pumpkins as the season progresses! This popular orchard also has an on-site bakery loaded with tons of local sweets and goodies, as well as a shop where you can find other local produce available for purchase, and a playground for entertaining little ones.