The Orchard at Altapass, Spruce Pine

#77 of 142 in Outdoors in North Carolina Mountains
The Historic Orchard at Altapass is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit whose mission is to PRESERVE the history and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains. PROTECT the Orchard land. and INVOLVE the public in this unique Appalachian experience.
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  • I was running late, but he stayed and guided me into the store. I asked what apples would be best for applesauce. He said mutsu (which I had never heard of) AKA Crispin and I bought two bags. My wife ...  more »
  • The Orchard is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. A place to walk among the apple trees that have been feeding Americans for decades. Then visit the gift shop to enjoy an ice cream t...  more »
  • We came across this place while enjoying the fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was end of the season (late October). They had apples, apple products,,etc. Small place to eat, ice cream, and fu...  more »
  • We had my little sister's birthday here this year. I've been here many times throughout my life, and it's never disappointed me. Their cider is the best! The stories and music are unique to this area, and if it's an experience you haven't had, you should stop in.
  • A very fun stop along the Blue Ridge Pkwy near Little Switzerland in NC. Fresh apples you can pick from a tree or buy by the bushel. Lots of fresh canned items also such as pickles, chow chow, dressings and jams. There is a small snack bar and lunch truck available on site.
  • It was like an old time social blue grass music men asking ladies to dance. I had a great time. Sunday night dances are great.
  • I am not usually the type of person to write bad reviews, but this is one that I felt needed to be shared. My family drove an hour just to go to Orchard at Altapass, and it was a complete disappointment and waste of time. First of all, this is the only orchard I have ever been to (and I've been to several) where you have to pay for the apples before you even pick them. Then immediately after paying, we were told that none of the apples were actually fully ready...not their fault, I know, but that's something that would have been nice to know before we paid for two bags. The experience got worse when we went down into the orchard itself. The majority of the trails were terribly overgrown and hard to navigate -- my 7 year old daughter was in over her knees in grass and weeds in several places (and she stayed on what was supposed to be pathways) and therefore had a hard time walking. We ended up giving up and leaving because it was frustrating just trying to walk around. The food is overpriced, and the entire place came across as very unorganized. The views are gorgeous, as expected since it's off the Blue Ridge Parkway, but that's about all that they have going for them.
  • Well, it’s great place. However for tourist like us, the food was expensive and the entrance and the exit were terrible. Apple picking was good activities though.

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