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Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Carter Mountain Orchard a part of your Charlottesville vacation plans using our Charlottesville travel itinerary planner.
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  • If you want to actually pick apples, this is not for you. Carter's has a very large gift shop and apples are pre-picked in baskets. This was too commercialized for me. 
  • Great place to take the family for Apple or pumpkin picking. Good price for apples you get to pick yourself that aren't covered in wax like the grocery stores. Also have great apple cider and doughnut...  more »
  • I moved to Charlottesville 8 years ago and Carter Mountain Orchard is my favorite things to do in the Fall. It is wonderful! This year new neighbor who moved here from New York came with me and she lo...  more »
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  • Great view and wonderful place I love to visit! However, it should not be affecting the roads in such a way that sometimes I spend an hour just to move 1 mile. A few weeks ago I came here and it was so busy, but I thought it'd be worth going anyway. I waited an hour to get to the entrance, then going up the mountain it was completely full and slow the entire way with frequent stops, which took 30 minutes. Then the main area is closed because the parking lot is full, so same deal going to the Apple Barn parking which took another hour to get to. It was full there too, so I had to leave the place and waste another hour and a half to get down then go to work late. I don't remember how long but it took me at least 3 hours of wasted time sitting in traffic only to get to work very late and unrefreshed. Manage it better, you are a business!
  • The view here is AMAZING, they have a bakery, small food stand, wine tastings, and hard cider, in addition to the actual orchard. If the apple picking was actually good, I'd give it 5 stars. My husband and I were hoping to pick some apples, but the volume of people meant that there really wasn't anything good available. Overall the view, food, and drinks make it well worth visiting- just not for the apple picking.
  • This is one of our favorite places in the area. The peach and apple slushes are amazing, and the staff is helpful and friendly. My family and I have spent a great deal of time atop Carter Mountain, and plan to do so as long as we live within driving distance. Edit: it's a year later, and we still love it! ☺️
  • I was looking for an orchard to buy a few bushels of fresh Winesap, Stayman and Pippin apples. When I think of an orchard, I think of a family owned orchard or farm where they sell their produce at a fair price. THIS IS NOT AN ORCHARD--this is a tourist trap. A bushel of apples is going for around $24 to $26 this year. It was almost $50 a bushel at Carter Mountain. This is a corporate tourist attraction - has nothing to do with a family run orchard. They do have winesap and stayman apples, but the winesap apples were the smallest I have ever seen - the size of crap apples. They are crisp with a good tart taste, but the skin on these apples is unusually thick. I bought two plastic bags of apples - like the size you see in the grocery store. Checked out and my total was over $17. I made a comment to the cashier and he stated, yeah, this is more for tourists, it's not a good place to buy apples in bulk. Tried a cup of cider - pretty good but nothing to brag about. Went to the cooler to pick up a jug and about fell over--$7 for a half gallon. I am so disappointed that this place is even on registry listing for Virginia Orchards. I wasted a 3 hour trip there and back. Going to the local farm stand this weekend - called and they got Winesap apples from around Stauton, Va this week for $26 a bushel.
  • Great orchard. Beautiful views. Also has wine tastings and the Bold Rock Cellar for folks who enjoy cider beers. Fresh donuts also made daily. Love this place. Parking can be a bit muddy. Dog friendly as well😊