Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

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Pick your own apples, peaches, and nectarines at Carter Mountain Orchard. Enjoy different varieties of fresh seasonal fruits, including pre-picked fruits, delicious baked goods, and ice cream. Enjoy views of Charlottesville, the Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains while you sip the family-owned orchard's famous apple cider. This site also sells a number of other products, such as butters, jams, and crafts, and even offers wine tours. Plan a Charlottesville trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • This is the only place in Charlottesville/Albemarle County without a propeller and wings where you can look down on Thomas Jefferson! The view is really great and if you like apples you’re half way to...  more »
  • This is a pick-your-own orchard on the top of a mountain overlooking Charlottesville. Incredible views. They also have donuts and wine. Great for a summer's evening.  more »
  • This place is 5 minutes away from Jefferson vineyards Quite nice with a beautiful view You can pick different types of apples  more »
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  • This place is great. The sheer acreage is impressive as all get out. The drive up the windy, twisty drive up the fruit tree forest is quite scenic. Looking to your right for a brief moment you can see a beautiful mountain view. Once you arrive, the scenery is even better. You can see for what looks like 50 miles or more. At the top of the hill where the buildings and parking lot are is where the action happens. There is a small two person info booth that informs you of the $1.69 per lbs price and equips you with a clear plastic bag and let you know you pay for what you pick.There were many choices of what apple we could pick. Most had the same price,but some were a little higher (average of $ .10 or so). We ate and picked and had a GREAT time. Staff was friendly and quick to help. We plan on going back next year. The gift shop has a killer view and as an amateur photographer, I took full advantage. You must try the cider slushies and the warm apple donuts. Wow, we're they incredible!!
  • An amazing place. I've been up there twice now and it is always phenomenal. The apples are delicious and it's a great bonding activity to go picking. The views are amazing and it just so happens that tons of people bring their adorable dogs so that's a plus. The Apple cider doughnuts and the apple pie are both great, but the apple cider slushy really takes the cake. Simply delicious.
  • Had a bllast here. You can either purchase picked Apple's or pick your own. There is a grill with hot dogs, burgers, fries and if course Apple pie. Very well known for their Apple cider donuts, and yes it is hard to eat just one! On the backside if the Apple barn is a brewery with hard ciders. There are picnic tables, hayrides and more. Great family outing, nice for a date or hanging out with a group of friends
  • My family and I love coming here!!! It has awesome views and it is a terrific experience!.... This may not be for the physically Unfit though, there are hills and good bit of walking. I would wear sneakers, have water and possibly a hat for shade. I just pray and hope they do something with all the fallen and wasted apples! I don't know what happen to the sticks they used to have to help you pick the apples, but you need a person to try to get the apples down and one to catch the apples falling. I think everyone loves the donuts!
  • Love this place!! The apples are delicious and you can pick your own. They also have homemade apple cider and apple cider donuts for purchase in the barn. There’s also a mountain grill that has seasonal food - burgers, dogs and barbecue. For desserts there’s apple cider slushees and soft serve

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