Fall Family Things to Do Blue Ridge, GA Apple Festival

If you're coming through the North Georgia Mountains, we've got the itinerary for fall family things to do with our very own Apple Festival!

Welcome to your apple pickin paradise!

The Georgia Apple Festival brings two exciting weekends near Blue Ridge, Georgia, in the Ellijay township; every year there are hundreds of vendors offering food, art, crafts, and more, as well visitors from all over. Cabin rentals with mountain views in your weekend trip showcase the Blue Ridge Apple Festival.

The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, and Gilmer County invite everyone to come and enjoy the Georgia Apple Festival. You can expect over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made, and a parade and antique car show each year. U-pick apple orchards at the Ellijay Apple Festival in the Blue Ridge, Georgia mountains is a seasonal spectacle that you wouldn't want to miss.

We pair these with our own local festivities of apple picking, family things to do during your Blue Ridge GA Mountain weekend getaway:

U-Pick Orchards open up for the month of October. U-pick orchards are opportunities for people to go into orchards and handpick either a peck or a bushel of locally grown apples. Apple varieties range from Ozark Golds, Red Delicious, Honey Crisps, Mutsu, Rome Beauties, Granny Smiths, and Fuji or Braeburns - Georgia has quite the variety!

Blue Ridge Mountain apple festival orchards that offer ya'll a long weekend apple pickin' road trip include:

Mercier Orchards - Mercier Orchards is the largest apple orchard in Georgia (200 acres!), and it’s also Southern Living magazine’s favorite “roadside apple market,” according to a 2002 article. Whatever you do, you have to indulge in these North Georgian fried pies. They are the best, hands down! Mercier's is also MUCH more than an Apple Orchard, offering a wonderful specialty shop featuring unique North Georgia Mountain town gifts and merchandise. Just on up the road from the Toccoa River, Chattahoochee National Forest, and the Brasstown Bald in the North GA mountains.

8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-3411

Hillcrest Orchards - Visit the most popular apple orchard and farm market in the North Georgia Mountains located near Ellijay, Georgia. We are a short 1.5 hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia or Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hillcrest Orchards is a seasonal business and is only open during the months of September, October & November. Hillcrest is family owned and operated and has been growing apples and fun for children, adults and sendiors since 1946. 

9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay, GA, 30536


The Folk Collaborative - The Folk Collaborative is a working apple orchard, but it's also an Orchard, an Apothecary, and a Bakery all in one magical place in North Georgia.

Come explore a small slice of heaven nestled on a hillside down a little country road where all of our products are grown and handmade right here at The Folk Collaborative, from recipes and formulations passed down by generations of our family. If we didn’t make it, we know the local farmer or artisan who did. Try one of our hand-crafted apothecary products from age-old homeopathic remedies, enjoy a picnic in the orchard, or savor a fried pie...come spend an afternoon and experience a slower-paced lifestyle from days gone by.

This place is the hub for Appalachia mountain wisdom. From the friendly staff there, learn about natural rememdies for any ailment, learn how to use herbs, even classes on making medicines and cooking with the harvest.


2984 Mobile Road, McCaysville, GA, 30555