Visit Carter Mountain Orchard

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Carter Mountain Orchard overlooks dramatic vistas and acres of fruit trees and grapevines. Mere minutes from downtown Charlottesville and just down the road from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, the orchard welcomes visitors year-round. Our hours and offerings vary seasonally, and pets are not permitted at any time. Please plan your visit accordingly!

Current Hours:

Monday10 AM–5 PM
Tuesday10 AM–5 PM
Wednesday10 AM–5 PM
Thursday10 AM–8 PM
Friday10 AM–5 PM
Saturday10 AM–5 PM
Sunday10 AM–5 PM

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Chiles Family Orchards apple butter under pavilion

Shop Online

Get a taste of the orchards any time by visiting our online store stocked with Chiles Family Orchards specialty jarred goods, at-home activities, apparel, and more.

Service dogs only permitted

Trained Service Dogs Only

Due to food safety regulations, all other pets and emotional support animals are not permitted. Learn more in our Visitor Guidelines.

Aerial View of Carter Mountain Country Store

Visitor Guidelines

We’re glad to welcome you to our family farm. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit!

Every season, there’s a reason to visit!

In spring, apple blossoms cover the orchard—a gorgeous backdrop for unwinding with a glass of wine.

In early summer, our Country Store features sun-ripened peaches, nectarines, and local veggies, as well as 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 apples or buy ready-picked apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts (a runaway hit year after year), and our scrumptious apple pies.

As fall festivities approach, the orchard brims with pumpkins, gourds, and harvest decor. Topping off the day are hayrides around the orchard—all in all, a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside.

2023 Seasonal Hours for Carter Mountain Orchard

January 1–March 23

Weekends, Friday–Sunday, 11 AM–5 PM

OPEN MLK Day 1/16 and Presidents’ Day 2/20

March 24–May 25

Daily, 10 AM–5 PM

CLOSED Easter Sunday 4/9

May 26–November 4

Daily, 9 AM–6 PM

Admission tickets required on peak fall weekends (9/16–11/5).

November 5–26

Daily, 9 AM–5 PM

CLOSED Thanksgiving 11/23

November 27–December 31

Daily, 10 AM–5 PM

SPECIAL HOURS! Open late until 8 PM on December 7, 14, & 21 for our Thursday Evening Holiday Series

CLOSED Christmas Eve 12/24, Christmas 12/25

OPEN NYE 12/31

January 12–March 31, 2024

Weekends, Friday–Sunday

CLOSED January 1–11, 2024

Bold Rock Hard Cider on Carter Mountain
Bold Rock Tap Room at Carter Mountain Orchard

Open April–December, 11 AM–Close
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