Apple Orchards and Roadside Stands in Georgia, Including Ellijay

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Most of the orchards and their roadside shops are very close together on Hwy 52 on the east side of Route 5/Rt 76 in East Ellijay. The order below corresponds to the order in which you will encounter the orchards when driving from east to the west. Click here for more maps and directions to Ellijay from Atlanta!

 

  1. Hillcrest Orchards - Uses integrated pest management practices, Apple varieties: Fuji, Arkansas Black, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap, Yates, Pink Lady; Admission fees (Click here for the prices) includes entertainment (wagon ride, music, pig races, cow milking) and PYO orchard (entry to the store to buy picked apples is free); Other fees for petting zoo and some other activities; apples. Always call to confirm prices and availability before you go! Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy pillow, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-273-3838. Alternate Phone: 706-273-9494. Fax: 706-273-3888. Email: applelan@ellijay.com. Open:  (offers PYO only during the Apple Pickin Jubilee festival during September and October!)  ALWAYS click here for current , pricing, dates and times.. Directions: Highway 400 north to highway 53 west through Dawsonville. Turn right onto highway 183. Fo approximately 10 miles to highway 52 west and turn left. Hillcrest is 12 miles on the left. OR: Highway 575 north to Ellijay. Exit right at highway 52 exit. Go to bottom of hill and turn left onto highway 52 east. Hillcrest is 9 miles on the right. Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Milk a real cow, giant slide, jumping pillow, pedal cart rides, corny kids maze, enchanted forest, live pig races, live entertainment and games on the stage.  See more photos and descriptions on this page! (UPDATED: September 06, 2014)
  2. B.J. Reece Apple House - Apple varieties: Arkansas Beauty, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Stayman-Winesap, Yates; 2014 prices: $6 per half-peck, $11 per peck, $18 per half-bushel.  If you want to pick your own, there is an addition $5 fee to enter the orchard. Offers PYO on certain dates - call
    9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: 706-276-3048. Fax: 706-276-3058. Email us at: reeceorchards@ellijay.com
  3. Mack Aaron's Apple House - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala, Mutsu, Rome Beauty, Jonagold, Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith. 2010 prices:  About the same as other orchards (depends on the variety and size of the apples). they do have half bushel seconds
    Near 8700 Hwy 52 East., Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3600. Open: in season, 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday; 12:30pm to 5:30 pm on Sunday.
  4. Aaron's Apple House - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala, Detroit Red, Ozark Gold, Jonathon, Jonagold, Mutsu, Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Arkansas black, Granny Smith, Yates. 2014 Prices: $4 quarter peck, $6 per half-peck, $12 per peck, $16 per half-bushel. $6 per half bushel for seconds/culls (when they have them)
    52 East Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: (706) 273-3180. Email: sales@aaronsapplehouse.biz. Open: August through December 8am-7pm. Directions: 8.5 miles East of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.  Mailing address: 52 East Ellijay, GA 30536.Click here for our Facebook page.  (UPDATED: November 05, 2013)
  5. Hudsons - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Detroit Red, Gala, Mutsu, Ginger Gold, Granny Smith, Jonathon, Jonagold, Fuji, Yates. 2010 prices: $4 per half peck, $8 per peck, $10-$12 per half bushel (varies by variety).
    8036 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone 706-273-3160. Open 7 days, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  2nds.
  6. Seller's Orchard - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Cameo, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap; 2014 Prices: $7 per half peck, $8-9 per peck and $16-18 per half bushel
    Route 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3026. Open: August through December 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: 7 miles East of Ellijay on Hwy. 52.
  7. R & A Orchards - Apple varieties: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala, loda, honeycrisp, cameo, Detroit Red, Ozark Gold,  Jonagold, Mutsu, Rome Beauty, Stayman Winesap, Fuji, Arkansas black, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Yates. 2014 Prices: $6 per half peck, $12 per peck and $18 per half bushel; seconds/culls are usually around $20/bushel
    5055 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-273-3821. Open: daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Directions: Located 4.5 Miles East of Ellijay On Hwy 52
  8. Oak Hill Orchards - UPDATE 2007: Oak Hill CLOSED permanently! :(
    Apple varieties: Arkansas Black, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Yates;
    4986 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: (706) 273-3644
    Click here for more information, directions, photos and a review.
  9. Panorama Orchards, Inc. - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty; 2014 Prices: $6 per half peck, $11 per peck, $18 per half bushel; seconds are $0.30/lb. Deer apples $3/box, Mixed apples $10 for half bushel box. Open: daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
    P.O. Box 157, East Ellijay, GA 30539. (across the street from Penland's, right on the Hwy 515 bypass). Phone: (706) 276-3813.
  10. Penland's Apple House - Apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty; 2014 prices: $6 per half peck, $10 per peck, $18 per half bushel.  No seconds/culls, but they do have small apples for $10 per half bushel
    Hwy 515 Bypass, Ellijay, GA 30540. They also have a location at Ga Hwy 282 and US 76, 8 miles west of Ellijay. Phone: (706) 635-5110. Open: August through December, 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm.
  11. Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard - Apple varieties: Fuji, Cameo, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Winesap; 2010 prices: $5 per half-peck, $8 per peck, $12 per half-bushel and $24 per bushel for all varieties. Offers PYO on certain dates - call. Note: they usually have some specials at $14 per bushel, which are just smaller sized apples - perfect for applesauce.
    3379 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-635-5898. Email: apples@redapplebarn.com. Open: Saturday 10:30am to 5:00pm Sunday 1:00 am to 4:00pm. Directions: Directions from Atlanta: Follow I-75 north to I-575 north. 575 turns into highway 515. Follow highway 515 to the first red light south of Ellijay at Long Horns. Turn left at the red light onto Howard Simmons Road. Go .6 miles and turn right on highway 5 north. Drive 1.7 miles to the red light and turn left on Ga- 282/US-76 west. Go 3.2 miles and the Red Apple Barn will be on the left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. The Apple House carries a wide variety of different apple products, jams, jellies, syrups, ciders and baked goods. Also, pumpkins, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)(UPDATED: May 20, 2010) (UPDATED: September 15, 2012) (UPDATED: September 25, 2013)

Festivals

  1. Georgia Apple Festival - In 2014, October 11 - 12 and October 18-19
    Ellijay, GA. The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, and the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay invite everyone to come and enjoy the 34th 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 parade is on the second Saturday. 32th Annual Georgia Apple Festival  From the mountains of North Georgia  Event dates: Second and third weekend in October. Producing 600,000 bushels of apples each fall, Ellijay/Gilmer County is Georgia's Apple Capital, so it's only natural that the second and third weekends of October each year, people from all over the nation come to Ellijay to celebrate the apple. Handmade arts and crafts, homegrown entertainment, and plain old fun, combine with every apple product imaginable to make the weekends a family adventure. Throw in the colorful fall leaves, crisp mountain air, sky-blue days, and star-studded nights and you'll want to visit again and again. Sponsored by the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and the Ellijay Lions Club, the festivities include a car show and a parade. Call the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce office for more information (706) 635-7400. Also see ELLIJAY CELEBRATES 34 FUN-FILLED YEARS!
     

Closed or erroneous

Other websites list these as apple orchards, but they are either permanently closed or not even an orchard.

  • Country Apples/Country Hearth  - This is a gift shop, not an orchard
    Phone: (706) 276-6541. P.O. Box 603, Ellijay, GA 30540.  
  • Little Bend Orchards - No answer - May be closed / out of business
    3385 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Phone: (706) 635-5898 
  • Pat-A-Cake Bakery - it is a bakery! Applejournal.com lists them as an orchard!
    1075 Old Hwy 5 South, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-636-3917 Fax:706-636-3917. 
    They do have fresh apple bread, fried apple pies and other treats! 

Ellijay Apple Varieties

Below is a listing of the main varieties grown in the Ellijay area. Ellijay Apple season is approximately: August to December. The apples are listed in approximate order of ripening and harvesting.

Apple Variety Photo Usually start harvesting Flavor Best uses
Gala

Gala.

August 1 Very sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies
Ginger Gold

Ginger Gold.

Early Sweet Eating
Detroit Red

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August 1 Tart Cooking
Ozark Gold

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August 1 Tart Cooking
Jonathon

Jonathan.

August 15 Tart Cooking
Red Delicious August 15 Sweet Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking
Golden Delicious August 15 Sweet Eating, good to blend with other apples in applesauce and cooking
Empire

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August 20 Tart Cooking
Honey Crisp

August 20 Sweet, Crisp, Juicy Eating, Applesauce, Apple Butter, Pies
Mutsu September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Jonagold September 1 Sweet / Tart Cooking / Eating
Rome Beauty

September 15 Slightly Tart Cooking / Eating
Stayman - Wine sap September 15 Tart Cooking / Eating
Granny Smith September 25 Tart Cooking / Eating
Fuji

Fuji.

October 20 Very sweet Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking
Brae burn

October 20 Sweet Eating
Arkansas Black

October 20 Tart Baking, Eating (very hard apple)
Pink Lady

October 25 Sweet Eating
Yates

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Nov 1 Sweet Eating

 

 

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