It's Fall, and what is more traditional in North Georgia than apple picking this time of year!? Only a short drive from Atlanta, these U-Pick Georgia apple orchards are sure to create memories. Check out this list of Best Places for Apple Picking in Ga.

Best Places For Apple Picking In Ga.

Hillcrest Orchards and Farms

9696 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536 | (706) 273-3838

Hillcrest is family-owned and operated, and filled with fun for the family. Pick your own apples during the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee. Activities included in the general admission are wagon rides, cow milking, pig races, multiple playgrounds, jumping pillow, giant slide, pedal cart and trike races, moonshine museum and farmhouse museum. They have also recently added Hillcrest Hillbilly Mini Golf Course and a cow train and host the only Apple Tree Maze in the State of Georgia. There is live country and bluegrass music and clogging on their stage. They have a petting zoo and pony rides. They also have a farm market. During weekdays you can not pick your own apples, but you can enjoy the petting farm, wagon rides and playground, and pick up apples and other apple treats in the market.

BJ Reece Orchards

9131 Georgia 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536 | (706) 276-3048

Beginning August 26 and lasting for ten weeks, U-Pick will be available every day at BJ Reece Orchards. They are the only orchards that offer U-Pick during the week. They also have their petting farm open during the week as well.  On the weekends they offer other great activities such as zipline, cow milking, corn maze, pig races, apple cannons, pony rides and much more. Leashed dogs are welcome in the orchards, but not the apple house.

R&A Orchards

5505 GA-52, Ellijay, GA 30536 | (706) 273-3821

Enjoy a tractor tour and apple picking on weekends beginning in late August. This is the best U Pick location if you don’t want the fuss of lots of activities and simply want to pick apples. Their website has a great tool for determining approx. harvest dates of your favorite varieties. They have a restaurant with daily specials, hamburgers, BBQ and other sandwiches.

Red Apple Barn

3379 Tails Creek Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540 | (706) 635-5898

U pick begins at Red Apple Barn in September, and all weekends through October. They also have a pumpkin patch! The have a website tool that shows, by variety, the harvest time, eating scale, texture and storage rating, and info for cooking such as whether the variety is good for applesauce, a pie, or eating baked.

Mercier Orchards

8660 Blue Ridge Dr, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | (706) 632-3411

Mercier is a family business in its 4th generation, celebrating over 70 years of Georgia grown apples. You’ll experience u-pick apple opportunities, a Bakery and Deli, the Market Store and a Farm Winery. Don’t miss the Georgia Grown Hard Cider. U-Pick starts in early August, including the popular Honey Crisp variety. Note: For those looking for organics Mercier isn’t an organic orchard, but it does use all-natural products on their fruits, even encouraging a bite in the field.

Jaemor Farms

5340 Cornelia Hwy, Alto, GA 30510 | (770) 869-3999

Family run since 1912, you can find myriad fruit here. Apples start in August, and other fruits include watermelons, pumpkins, peaches and more.  The season starts September. Also have cooking classes, and farm-to-table dinners.

Stover Mountain Orchard Organic Apple Farm

3709 Big Creek Rd. Ellijay, 30536 | (706) 276-2512

This is an organic apple picking farm. They are open by appointment, so be sure to call before you go.

Georgia Apple Festival

October 14 – 15 and October 21 – 22, 2017

Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds | 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540 | 706-636-4500

The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends to Ellijay, Georgia every year with hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the 46th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 14th. The parade is on October 21st and begins at 10 AM in historic downtown Ellijay. Adults are $5 and kids 10 and under are FREE. Parking is done by local civic and school groups and donation amounts may vary. Limited handicap parking is available at the main fairgrounds entrance.