The mothership of Charlottesville apple picking, Carter Mountain Orchard is packed on fall weekends. In fact, it’s not unheard of to see a line of cars snaking all the onto I-64. But don’t let that deter you- it’s always worth the wait! You’ll find different varieties of apples depending on the time of season you visit. You can also purchase pumpkins and you won’t want to miss the apple cider and homemade donuts sold on site.
Don’t let the name fool you! From the same owners as Carter Mountain, Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet isn’t just peaches. Come fall, you can pick apples including Ambrosia, Gala, Honeycrisp and Jonagolds as well as pumpkins from the patch!
Established in 1932 by Joseph Henley Sr., Henley’s Orchard remains a family affair. Peaches and strawberries in summer give way to apples and pumpkin for your fall picking pleasure. Hay rides are also a fun diversion at Henley’s, and watch the calendar for a festival each fall.
Pumpkin picking is just the beginning of the fun at Liberty Mills Farm in Orange County, about 30-40 minutes north of Charlottesville. The country’s largest corn maze is the best known attraction, and you can choose the difficulty of the maze challenge. Younger visitors will enjoy the “story maze” option, which takes about half an hour, and those seeking a longer, more difficult adventure can try the “hole punch” maze, which takes 2-3 hours, or even a flashlight maze after dark.