Apple Orchards & Apple Picking Around Chattanooga

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Apple Orchards & Apple Picking Around Chattanooga{Please note: due to spring frost and COVID-19, the Chattanooga area orchards listed below are not offering u-pick, but plenty of apple fall activities are available.}

With whispers of fall starting to mix in the air, we decided it was the perfect time to take advantage of local fall activities like apple picking around Chattanooga.

While there are actually quite a few apple orchards around Chattanooga, we decided to visit Wheeler’s Orchard first. Wheeler’s Orchard is located in Dunlap, TN, which is about a thirty minute drive from Chattanooga. 

Wheeler’s Orchard (2020)

While at the orchard, you are given a tour and shown how to pick the apples properly. After you are done picking apples, you are welcome to feed their farm animals any fallen apples. Afterwards, they have cider and apple treats available for purchase.

Unfortunately, due to this year’s spring frost, Wheeler’s Orchard will NOT be doing “you-pick” for apples this year. However, later this year they will be offering a tour of the farm where you can visit the vineyards, the blueberry patch, and other lovely parts of the farm. The orchard recently purchased 200 acres and hopes to share exciting plans soon. You can read more about their announcement here.

Feeding the farm animals at Wheeler’s Orchard.

There are other beautiful apple orchards around Chattanooga too.

Fairmount Orchard, Inc. is located on Signal Mountain. The orchard began in 1971 and has been passionately serving its community since then. Although this is not a “you-pick” orchard, the farm is committed to offering its community the very best of their products. Currently, their charming store in Signal Mountain is selling a variety of apples, cider, and jams. They are open every day of the week from 9am until dark. If you would like more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page, Fairmount Orchard, Inc. 

Fairmont Orchard, Inc. has a variety of apples and delicious apple products. The orchard is well known for their cider. (Fairmont Orchard, Inc. Image via Facebook)
Oren Wooden’s Apple House – Farm Market & Gift Shop.

Oren Wooden’s Apple House is located in Pikeville, TN. It is a one stop location for an orchard, farm market, farm to table restaurant and bakery, and gift shop! With one look at their southern menu at the Oren’s Orchard Cafe and the Pie Shop, your mouth will be drooling. 

Last week, the kids and I decided to visit Oren Wooden’s Apple House. The restaurant, bakery, and farm market are connected in one large building. The sweet aroma of apple pie lingered into the farm market. The kids and I quickly found ourselves in the bakery line.

Oren Wooden’s Apple House.

We enjoyed a slice of apple cake and chocolate chip cookies from the bakery. Afterwards, we walked around the property to stretch our legs. A large pavilion with several picnic tables was located outside of the restaurant, so you could enjoy your food while socially distancing. While you eat, you have a beautiful view of the apple orchard.

While Oren Wooden’s Apple House is not a “you-pick” orchard, there are lots of lovely components to this location that makes it a favorite among its community. Be sure to come shop, dine, indulge in apple treats, and view the beautiful orchard in the distance, while you enjoy your time at the Apple House!

Apple Valley Orchards image via Facebook.

Apple Valley Orchards is located in Cleveland, TN. Usually, this orchard offers hayrides and a scheduled tour of the orchard that includes a trailer ride, how the farm cares for the apples, telling of the Johnny Appleseed story, and a tour of the packing room and cider room; however, due to COVID-19, neither will happen this year. The orchard is allowing visitors to stroll through the orchard to see the trees and hopes to become a “you-pick” orchard in the future (so, follow along on their Facebook page or website for updates). 

Apple Valley Orchard farm market & bakery via Visit Cleveland TN

The store does have apples, cider, and bakery items available. You can enjoy these items in their picnic area that overlooks the orchard. Be sure to check out their website for which apples are being currently harvested and call ahead of time to see which apples are available. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

Our family absolutely loved visiting the apple orchards around Chattanooga. We can’t wait to visit them all. It was so nice to be in nature and for the kids to see where one of their favorite snacks actually comes from, while supporting local farmers and our community.

Apple picking at Wheeler’s Orchard.

Do you plan to add apple picking to your family bucket list this fall?

Thinking of venturing out of town further? Check out these in Knoxville and East Tennessee and these in North Georgia.

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