• Open TODAY from 9am until 5pm

Pick Your Own Fruit

pick your own apples at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia

Apples and already-picked pumpkins are now available at Carter Mountain Orchard.

Pick Your Own Info

Pumpkins and fresh cider donuts

  • Please note that picking availability can change day by day, and sometimes hour by hour, depending on weather conditions and customer traffic, both of which are unpredictable.
  • Please call ahead or check our social media pages for the most updated picking information.
  • Please arrive no later than 4PM if you plan to pick your own fruit.
  • You can purchase already-picked fruit up til our closing time of 5PM.


Current Apple Picking Availability

Anticipated apple picking start dates for 2017 (weather-dependent):

Ginger Gold – finished for this year
Gala - finished for this year (still available already picked)
Golden Delicious – finished for this year (still available already picked)
Jonagold – finished for this year (still available already picked)
Winesap – finished for this year (still available already picked)
York – finished for this year (still available already picked)
Granny Smith – NOW PICKING
Stayman – finished for this year (still available already picked)
Pink Lady – finished for this year (still available already picked)

Check out our apple availability chart to see when your favorite variety will be ripe! But, do note, dates may vary due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. Stay in the loop by connecting with Carter Mountain Orchard on Facebook and Twitter!

During the Picking Season

You must check in with Carter Mountain staff BEFORE beginning to pick. Not all areas of the orchard are open to the public. We’ll give you picking instructions, let you know what and where to pick, and update you on everything going on that day! PLEASE REVIEW OUR VISITOR GUIDELINES TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR DAY

You are responsible for paying for everything you pick—please watch your children!

Check out this video on how to pick an apple!

“We had an absolute BLAST!! Everyone was so helpful and made our 4 hour round trip drive totally worth it!!! We picked delicious Fuji apples and hiked up a mountain to do it! Don't even get me started on the baked goods and cider slushes!!! We WILL be back!!!!”

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    There’s usually something fresh and ready at Carter Mountain! Whether you pick your own fruit or buy it fresh-from-the-tree in our Country Store, you can be assured you are getting the highest quality around.