The Orchard at Altapass

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The Orchard at Altapass
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Orchard at Altapass is a not-for-profit working apple orchard, educational and entertainment venue now in its 26th year and open May through October. Activities, open days and time may vary due to the pandemic.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Michael E
20 contributions
Beautiful Hidden Gem on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Aug 2021
The Orchard at Altapass is beautiful. We stopped and stayed around 2 hours. We picked our own apples for $10.00. Our kids had a blast playing games on the back porch. (checkers, corn-hole, connect-four) We bought some cider, fudge, and some souvenirs.

The view was amazing! We sat on the back deck and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. On our recent trip to Spruce Pine, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is a top highlight for us!

I highly recommend stopping by if your get the chance.

Friendly staff and awesome products!
Written August 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for your review. Our staff works hard to make it all happen smoothly and mom nature does her best to keep the views spectacular and the apples delicious. We appreciate your words.
Written September 11, 2021
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Jill S
49 contributions
What a wonderful stop!
Jul 2021
A visit to the historic Orchard can't help but make you wonder about its early days and all the work that went into making it the must stop that it is. Nothing like sitting on the huge back deck and watching the butterflies, honey bees, hummies and barn swallows come and go. Bonus - on weekends they feature local musicians playing out in the pavilion and if you're lucky you'll get to see grandmas and grandpas get up and start clogging or square dancing. Just the best.
Written July 13, 2021
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Thanks for your review. Being a non-profit, lots of early days and lots of work but for a great cause—Saving the good stuff.
Written July 14, 2021
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Ashleigh S
Jacksonville, FL400 contributions
Soooooo Cute
Jun 2021 • Friends
Came with my parents and two small children on a Sunday afternoon. This place is located right off the Blue ridge parkway and is breathtaking! On the day we came there was live music. We enjoyed the gift shop that had samples of the cider, and also bought up some tasty fudge and ice cream. This place was great for kids because they had all sorts of games set up everywhere. They even let the kids “plant” an apple tree (toy tree) and give them a certificate. We had a great visit and can’t wait to go back when it’s apple picking season!!!
Written June 28, 2021
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Thanks so much for your comments. Fingers crossed for the train to be fully operational in August with the first U-Pick apples ripe the same month.
Written July 4, 2021
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SJVenice
Venice, FL195 contributions
Nice view, good cider
Jun 2021 • Couples
Nice place to stop off parkway. Enjoyed the music on the weekend. Wish they offered sandwiches as not much food around local area. Cider and ice cream were good. Desperately need public WiFi as not everyone had good cell service in area. They could get a lot of good free publicity if people could post while there.
Written June 7, 2021
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Thanks for your review. I'll pass on the WiFi comment. Cell service in this area has always been problematic because of those beautiful mountains and cell tower interference. We have our fingers crossed to get the grill open sometime later this month. As for food, just 10 minutes down the road is Spruce Pine and lots of eateries there (lots for a mountain town). Glad you enjoyed your time at the O. We are a non-profit, always trying to connect the past with the present—our mission.
Written June 10, 2021
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Erika M
6 contributions
Great treats
May 2021 • Family
This was a great stop during our Spruce Pine visit. Although there wasn't much going on (understandable as they, too, recover from the lock down), it was a wonderful place to pick up some treats, grab a coffee, sit on the porch and chat with a local, while the kids played checkers. The views are amazing!
Written June 3, 2021
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Thanks for your review. We're just getting started. Come on back when the apples come in and U-Pick a bag. Also more games for kids of all ages. And yes, the views are amazing.
Written June 3, 2021
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suzie b
banner elk15 contributions
Great Place♡♡♡
Oct 2020 • Family
Any silly visitor who thinks this should be a hustling place in the middle of a pandemic, needs to go back to wherever they came from. Friendly ppl, great gifts, yummies & fun drive♡ When pandemic was not a thing, we liked the banjo pickers. Great apples & cider♡♡♡ Amazing location.
Written January 28, 2021
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Don't know when you visited, but in January we are closed. That said, we appreciate your words and thank you for your visit whenever it was.
Written September 11, 2021
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Lisa K
3 contributions
Not impressed
Oct 2020
The two stars is for the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the back porch. Otherwise, this place was dead mid day on an October 24 Saturday when the Blue Ridge Parkway had plenty of visitors. There were a few people milling about, most asking "where are the apples?". Even though I had read before coming that there is live music on weekends, there was none.
Written October 25, 2020
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Sorry that you were not impressed with the Orchard. Our mandated cancellations of both music, grill, and "heyrides" was posted throughout the season on both our website and on our Facebook page. We are a small batch orchard, non-profit with a mission to preserve and protect the land and the culture of the region. With that in mind, we graft and plant heirloom apple trees (over 75% of their varieties have been lost over the last few decades). They ripen at different times from late July through October (in that perfect world), but we cannot control the weather. Sometimes they ripen earlier, sometimes later and because we don't have hundreds of trees in one or two varieties and don't have same number in acreage, the quantities are smaller. We posted weekly what was available and when they were gone. We hope that you'll give us another opportunity next season to impress. We are working on a plan to "Bring the Music Back" in 2021, open the grill and perhaps even reinstate "heyrides." The pandemic threw the entire globe in unchartered waters and gov't mandates restricted what we could present. But we do thank you for your comment. Each helps us do better for our visitors and our lands.
Written October 26, 2020
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firerunner1965
Lakeland, FL79 contributions
Not anything like the website
Oct 2020
I guess I was a little disappointed in this stop. I read the website and it said U Pick (not available) only one type of apple was available (which is understandable since it is natures products) but there were no hayrides, no real walking trails, we hoped to buy a whole pie, nope not available, the little butterfly exhibit looked like it had not been touched in years.

Guess it just look old and neglected and it was more like a store then anything else. We did buy some apple cider and apple butter but at most we spent 30 mins here.

Written October 21, 2020
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Thank you for your comments. Not at excuse, but as explanation. We were caught just as we prepared for our opening this past spring—turned everything upside down. "Heyrides" are still/were prohibited directly from the state as are numbers of people allowed inside. No concerts. However, this year, we had the greatest number of monarch butterflies ever. Guessing when you saw it, all had broken out of the chrysalises and flown south. And since we close in two weeks, we are not restocking any supplies/food stuffs. Apologies for not having enough pies to offer you a whole one. We always want to start the season with fresh foods, new goods. Trails are always open, although we are down to three (due to more tree planting) with no trails between apple trees. We hope you will give us another opportunity to make you feel welcome. Your views help us understand our visitor needs and we appreciate yours.
Written October 22, 2020
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Noah S
Mebane, NC30 contributions
Friendly staff, confusing layout, and little variety
Oct 2020 • Friends
We went with a group of four hoping to pick apples. We went into the general store and saw a long line. We weren’t sure if we were supposed to wait in line to go apple picking, or if we were supposed to go somewhere else. Once we determined that we were supposed to wait in the line with those checking out from the store and ordering ice cream, we were told that there weren’t many apples to pick, and that we could pay $10 for a bag, and if we were unable to fill it, they would fill the bag with apples that had already been picked. We went out to the orchard and found that there weren’t any apples to be picked. We then returned to the store, and ordered some of the home-made apple pie. It was delicious! We browsed the store for several more minutes and found some jellies and salsas. Overall, however, there was not a wide variety of items for sale in the store. Hopefully, with more apples, it would be more enjoyable. I would give it a second chance next time I’m in the area.
Written October 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks for your review. Apologies for the long lines. We had to redo everything for c-19 and utilizing line traffic was one. Hopefully, it will be in a less congestion arrangement next season, no matter what the situation. I do hope that you did get your bag filled upon your return. Seems that people have been over exuberant with the apple picking and ending up with more than their share or picking the unripe apples. It happens, but makes less for others near end of season. And glad you loved the pie. Please do give us a second chance next season. We have great things planned and do want to see everyone happy with their experience. Again, thanks for your comments. They help.
Written October 11, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Willieandbarb
Mansfield, Ohio26 contributions
Good pie
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just had the apple pie with ice cream. Pie was really good but the portion size for the pie and ice cream is pretty small for $6.
Written October 4, 2020
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Thanks for the comment. I'll definitely check into it. We want to make all visitors return guests.
Written October 5, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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The Orchard at Altapass is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM