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Hillcrest Orchards, Ellijay

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  • We were here during the Ellijay Apple Festival so I guess I can understand the crowds but it certainly took away from our experience. We enjoyed the products but it was so crowded that it was hard to ...  more »
  • We had such a great time at Hillcrest Orchards!! Between the pig races and the petting zoo and the “bubble” my kids were entertained the entire time. Everyone was very helpful and kind. The food stand...  more »
  • The folks here are friendly enough, the prices of some items are less expensive than other apple houses, the lighting is kind of dim, there’s an animatronic farmer on a tractor- that is either quaint ...  more »
  • Best dates I've ever had! The place is truly southern in the best ways. My boyfriend and I were able to go apple picking and have sweet conversations with strangers, drink homemade sweet tea and fresh pork rinds, listen to quality live bluegrass and country music, play with baby goats, cows, chickens, and cats! There's so much to taste and do there with the family. Yes, it's crowded but nothing that I couldn't handle with my best friend by my side! The apple picking areas are most spread out than you think so don't be afraid to explore! If it weren't so far away, I'd come by every year:)
  • Ok if you've got the extra money at $12 per person regardless of age. Kids will enjoy inside activities but not worth it for adults. If you don't have kids don't go. You pay the $12 just to go inside. Then pay extra for picking apples. Bought apple fritter there that was hard and dry. On the way home stopped down the road from them at a great place that had much better quality food items. They seemed to be more concerned about quality and variety of fresh fruit and vegetables offered. Hillcrest is trying to capitalize on too many things and forgetting about the basics like quality and price.
  • Good place to hang out with kids. Although various reasons for it could've been better. 1. Very bad smell throughout the orchard. 2. Expensive. Charged full amount $12 for infant entry too. Separate $12 for full bag to pick apples. Separate fee for Bungy for kids. 3. Apple orchard hardly had any good apples to pick from. Although lots of activities for kids to have fun for entire day. Hayride, Circular rides, Maze, Pet Farm, Local Family Band playing Live on Stage, Milking Buttercup (Cow), Big Jumpy Pillow, and lots more to play.
  • Enjoyable market area and food stalls. The kid activities looked to be enjoyed by the younger children. The down sides were that the market was 15° hotter than the outside, signage for apple types was too sparse, signs for wagon ride queues were non-existent, and unlike some orchards they obviously do not pick up fallen apples to feed livestock. If you want an apple picking experience with knowledgeable orchard hands pointing you in the right direction, have only older kids, or group members offended by the vinegary smell of rotting apples you may want to go elsewhere. Smaller kids, old folks, and/or nose blind? This is your place.
  • This is my 3rd year going to this Apple farm and the first two years was worth the drive and the apples were fresh. This year the apples were rotten and there were hundreds of bees everywhere. I couldn't enjoy myself and not to mention it was a horrible smell, it smelled like dead animals it was just terrible! They clearly are not putting there money back into the farm and they went up on there prices of the food. Plus they charge you for everything I left with a small bag of apples that I couldn't even fill up because the apples were that bad. This is for sure my last year coming to this farm. It was a complete waste of time & money! They most definitely need new farm managers.
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