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:

Open 6–9 PM on Thursdays for event ticket holders

Monday9 AM–6 PM
Tuesday9 AM–6 PM
Wednesday9 AM–6 PM
Thursday9 AM–6 PM
Friday9 AM–6 PM
Saturday9 AM–6 PM
Sunday9 AM–6 PM

View seasonal hours

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!

Cider donut with mountain views in background at Carter Mountain Orchard

Donuts: Always in Season

Sweet dreams are made of these: our fresh apple cider donuts! Grab a pack from the Country Store & Bakery, head out to our deck, kick up your feet, and enjoy.

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.

2024 Seasonal Hours for Carter Mountain Orchard

January 12–March 21

Weekends, Friday–Sunday, 11 AM–5 PM

OPEN Presidents’ Day, Monday 2/19

March 22–May 12

Daily, 10 AM–5 PM*

CLOSED Easter, Sunday 3/31

May 13–November 2

Daily, 9 AM–6 PM

🌄 4/18–9/26 | Open Thursdays 6–9 PM for Sunset Series ticketholders

🎫 9/14–11/10 | Weekend admissions tickets required for ages 12+

November 3–December 1

Daily, 9 AM–5 PM

CLOSED Thanksgiving 11/28

December 2–29

Daily, 10 AM–5 PM

Open until 8 PM on December 5, 12, & 19 for Thursday Evening Holiday Series

CLOSED Christmas Eve & Day 12/24-25
CLOSED 12/30/2024–1/9/2025

Apple pickers at Virginia orchard

🎫 Fall Admissions Tickets

September 14–November 10 | Admission tickets (ages 12+) required on peak fall weekends

Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance! To skip weekend crowds and ticketing, c’mon out during the week.