10 Great Places to Go Apple Picking Near DC
As late August and September arrive, so do thoughts of apple picking near DC. This favorite fall tradition is a must for families, and it often goes far beyond plucking ripe apples from a tree. Many of these Virginia and Maryland apple orchards host fall activities of all kinds, from corn mazes and hayrides to petting zoos and playgrounds.
All of the apple picking farms and orchards listed below are within easy driving distance of DC. A few of them even made our lists of the best pumpkin patches near DC and fun fall festivals near DC for kids and families. Remember that farm conditions and produce availability change throughout the season, so call or check the farms' websites before you visit.
Read on for our list of 10 great places to go apple picking near DC.
Apple Picking Near DC in Northern Virginia
1. Crooked Run Orchard — Purcellville
This family-owned orchard, more than 250 years old, is open year-round. It offers a variety of fruits and vegetables, from cherries in early summer to apples and pumpkins in the fall. There is no entry fee, and pets are allowed. Call the orchard or check its Facebook page for operating days and hours and to see when apple picking starts. Note: Crooked Run Orchard does not accept credit cards, so be sure to bring cash or a check with you.
2. Great Country Farms — Bluemont
Apple picking season at Great Country Farms runs from late August through early October, with Honeycrisp apples available in August, followed by Gala, Jonagold, Jonafree, Candy Crisp, Ruby Jon, and Fuji varieties in September and October. There is an entry fee, but a load of additional activities—including a ninja obstacle course, various play structures, giant slides, farm animals, and much more—make the fee well worth it. Be sure to try the farm's famous apple cider donuts!
3. Mackintosh Fruit Farm — Berryville
With a variety of apples ready to pick as early as August—plus a market, a full kitchen, and a playground—Mackintosh Fruit Farm is a great place for families to go apple picking near DC. The farm charges a small entry fee for anyone age 5 and older, plus the price of what you pick. Dogs are allowed on a leash, but not in areas where crops grow on the ground. The farm is open to pick your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers on Thursdays through Sundays from 8am-5pm through October 31.
Ripe apples are ready for picking at Marker-Miller Orchards. Photo courtesy of Marker-Miller Orchards
4. Marker-Miller Orchards — Winchester
There are 325 acres of apples at Marker-Miller, with Ginger Gold and Gala apples available in August and a dozen other varieties ready in September and October. You can purchase containers to fill on-site. There's also a cow train, weekend wagon rides for a small fee, and a playground with large wooden structures in the shape of a ship, castle, tractor, and more. Dogs are allowed on leash, and you can purchase food on-site to enjoy in the picnic areas.
5. Hollin Farms — Delaplane
This family-run farm about a 90-minute drive from DC is perched high on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stunning views of the Virginia countryside. A wide variety of apple types are generally available for picking in September in October, when families can also visit the farm's pumpkin patch and dig their own peanuts and potatoes.
Apple Picking Near DC in Maryland
6. Butler's Orchard — Germantown
From potatoes and berries to tomatoes and pumpkins, Butler's Orchard is a great spot to pick your own fruits and veggies throughout the growing season. The apple picking season runs from mid to late September. You must make a reservation online, which costs a small fee for anyone 2 and over, and pay by the container for whatever you pick. There's also an on-site Farm Park that includes a petting zoo, giant slides, pedal tractors, and a playground.
7. Homestead Farm — Poolesville
Homestead Farm is open seven days a week, 9am-5pm, rain or shine. Apple picking season generally starts in late August or early September and runs through late October, with different varieties ripening at different times. There's a small fee to enter the farm for anyone over age 1, and produce is sold separately by the pound. Before or after you pick, you can visit the farm animals. There's also a refreshment stand open on Saturdays and Sundays.
8. Larriland Farm — Woodbine
Larriland Farm offers a variety of pick-your-own fruits and veggies from late May/early June through early November. More than 20 varieties of apples are available, starting with Ginger Gold in mid-August and ending with Pink Lady and Goldrush apples in late October through early November. Call the farm before you leave to confirm produce availability. Larriland Farm also offers tractor-drawn hayrides and other fall activities. Admission is free, with produce sold by the container, which you can purchase when you arrive. The farm is open 9am-5pm or 6pm most days during the season.
9. Milburn Orchards — Elkton
Though Milburn Orchards offers a variety of pick-your-own fruit, apples are its specialty. The apple picking season generally runs from early September through early November, with more than 15 varieties available. Pickers must register online ahead of time for a small fee, and anyone ages 10 and up will have a minimum picking requirement. Produce containers can be purchased on-site. Kids will also love to play in the BIG Backyard, which includes a playground, a giant sandpit, a petting zoo, and other activities for a separate fee. If you're hungry, stop in for some lunch, apple cider donuts, or ice cream at the farm market.
10. Gaver Farm — Mount Airy
Gaver Farm's apple orchard, open on fall Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-6pm, features beautifully trellised apple trees that allow families to pick without needing ladders. Varieties include Blondee, Buckeye, Empire, Ultra Gold, Crimson Crisp, Cameo, and Fuji. Bags must be pre-purchased before you pick and allow a maximum of four pickers per bag (not including kids under 2). The hayride to the orchard is free. For an additional fee, families can enjoy the farm's Fall Fun Fest, which features over 60 attractions including a corn maze, jumping pillows, giant slides, a petting zoo, and more.