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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  • The drive up the mountain to reach the orchard is an adventure in itself and once you reach the top the view is awesome! The there‚Äôs the apples! So many varieties to choose from in huge bins out front...  more »
  • Be aware that there are crowds. If you're okay with that definitely go. Amazing view of Charlottesville and the mountains. Nice place to just come and look. Bold Rock is served here and there is some ...  more »
  • We hadn't been in a few years, just never fit in schedule. This year we made the trip from Harrisonburg for a family day. It was a busy day, 45 minutes just up the mountain. We just enjoyed the traffi...  more »
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  • I went to the website, I phoned. It all looked and sounded very inviting. I talked three friends into coming with me. We drove 1 1/2 hours each way for the peaches and the lunch from the executive chef. What we found was a beach like kiosk, with foil wrapped sandwiches, that had been left far too long. They were tasty, but terribly dry - and nothing like the photos on the website. The peaches (I got a 1/2 bushel) are hard, and not ripe. Disappointed, and slightly embarrassed, because I talked my friends into coming with me.
  • Beautiful day on Carter Mountain. Very lovely views. Bought lots of peach made products. They stated yesterday was a busy day with customers so their fresh peaches from their trees was limited. Would have liked to try their wines but did not asked.
  • I really enjoyed the scenery, donuts, peach ice cream, and wine tasting. However, $8 for a jar of blackberry jam was enough to prevent me from purchasing from the gift shop. Instead I got a bottle of wine! I agree with other reviews saying it's strange to have to pay to pick your own fruit. They should charge for the "fruits of your labor" (get it? Haha) and that's it. Overall a good experience, but I'd probably only go back for the peach ice cream.
  • Great views of Charlottesville! Nice shop selling unique items, local artists works. Seasonal fruits for sale, bakery, ice cream and right next to a winery.
  • Bold tasting room, wine apple and peach picking. In the summer on Thursdays tou can watch the fun set.

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