Guide to Visiting Carter Mountain This Fall

Aerial view of Carter Mountain Orchard

Like so many others this year, we are forced to come up with creative ways to run our business while preserving traditions and providing our customers with as near to a “normal” experience as possible.


Visiting In-person 9/11–11/8, 2020

There are 2 ways you can visit Carter Mountain Orchard in-person this fall.

Scenic Drive-Thru

Take a scenic tour of the orchard and stock up on ready-picked apples and other fall favorites without ever having to leave your car!

Ticketed Entry

To moderate crowd size, we’re limiting access to the orchard grounds and apple picking with a new ticket reservation system.


Where to Buy

Not interested in visiting Carter Mountain but still want a taste of the orchard? Visit our hours page to see all of the local pickup and shipping options.


Pick-Your-Own Apples

The apple crop is looking great! Check out our PYO page to see what varieties are available and learn about our special picking policies. And don’t forget, you’ll need to get tickets to reserve your time slot to visit our market and grounds and be admitted for apple picking.


Visitor Guidelines

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Carter Mountain has implemented new policies. Please review our visitor guidelines before arriving at the orchard.


About Carter Mountain Orchard

Carter Mountain Orchard overlooks dramatic vistas and acres and acres of fruit trees and grapevines. Mere minutes from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and just down the road from historic Michie Tavern, the Orchard welcomes visitors from mid-April through November (and weekends in December).

In spring, apple blossoms cover the orchard. In early summer, our country store features tree-ripened ready-picked peaches, nectarines, and local veggies, as well as hot, fresh peach cider donuts, and plenty of ice cream and cider slushies! Thursday evenings, the Mountain is hopping with live music, food, wine, hard cider, and good times.

From mid-August until mid-December, you can pick-your-own or buy fresh-picked apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, homemade apple cider donuts (a runaway hit year after year), and our tasty apple pies and apple caramel cookies. In the fall, the Orchard brims with pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. Topping off the day are hayrides around the Orchard—all in all, a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside.

View With Clouds

Planning a visit to Virginia?

The Artisan Trail Network is a great resource for discovering unique excursions and activities in our area. Visit the Monticello Artisan Trail page to view artisan studios, craft-related venues, agri-artisans/farms, area restaurants, lodging options, and other points of interest in Albemarle and Nelson County.

  • Apples with donuts and view

    Have you heard about our donuts?

    Come for our famous cider donuts, stay for the stunning Charlottesville views.

  • Apple picking in Charlottesville

    See What Fruit is in Season

    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.