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!
Hillcrest Orchard - apples, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider
mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions /
refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring
your own food), face painting, jumping pillow, trike track, mini-golf, pony
rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group
reservations, events at your location (call for info)
9696 Highway 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: 706-273-3838. Alternate Phone: 706-273-9494. Fax: 706-273-3888. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Weekends of September and October 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. ALWAYS click here for current , pricing, dates and times. Directions: Highway 575 north to Ellijay, Georgia. Take Highway 52 east 9 miles and Hillcrest is on the right. Or: Take Highway 400 north o Dawsonville, Georgia. Go through Dawsonville on highway 52 west to highway 183. Follow highway 183 to highway 52 west. Turn left onto highway 52 west, Hillcrest is 10 miles on the left. Click here for a map and directions. You Pick apples available September and October weekends only; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Bluegrass bands and clogging groups perform each afternoon at the "Apple Pickin' Jubilee". Food is available outside in the food court or inside the ice cream parlor.
See more photos and descriptions on this page! (UPDATED: April 30, 2015)(UPDATED: July 31, 2014).(UPDATED: September 01, 2013) (UPDATED: October 11, 2013, from their website)
Comments from Blake: "If you haven't been to Hillcrest, then you are missing a Georgia institution! From the pig races, the moonshine museum, trike track, jumping pillows, apple picking, honeybee exhibition hive, live music on weekends, hayrides (both tractor and mule-drawn), this orchard has it all. They even have the only cow you and your children can milk in all of the Southeast! Going to Hillcrest is a must for my boys every Fall!"
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
PYO on certain dates - call
9131 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay, GA 30536. Phone: 706-276-3048. Fax: 706-276-3058. Email us at: email@example.com.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 9am-6pm 7 days a week August-December. Directions: 8.5 miles East of Ellijay on Hwy. 52. Mailing address: 52 East Ellijay, GA 30536. Click here for our Facebook page. We are re-branding ourselves as Aaron Family Orchards, and have done almost a complete remodel. If you would like, visit our Facebook Page for updated photos. We now do PYO by Appointment.(UPDATED: November 05, 2014) (UPDATED: November 05, 2013)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
3379 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, GA 30540. Phone: 706-635-5898. Email: email@example.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)
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
Phone: (706) 276-6541. P.O. Box 603, Ellijay, GA 30540.
- Little Bend Orchards - No answer - May be closed / out of
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|
|August 1||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies|
|Detroit Red||August 1||Tart||Cooking|
|Ozark Gold||August 1||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|
|August 20||Sweet, Crisp, Juicy||Eating, Applesauce, Apple Butter, Pies|
|Mutsu||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Jonagold||September 1||Sweet / Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|September 15||Slightly Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Stayman - Wine sap||September 15||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|Granny Smith||September 25||Tart||Cooking / Eating|
|October 20||Very sweet||Eating, applesauce, apple butter, pies, cooking|
|October 20||Tart||Baking, Eating (very hard apple)|
Home Canning Kits
This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used
to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and
spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and
lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid
lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer, and the bible
of canning, the Ball Blue Book. It's much cheaper than buying the
items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids
(and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do
vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see
more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.
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