A Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway Ripe for the Picking

Looking for your next vacation getaway? The Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is ripe for the picking. Hendersonville is a vibrant, artsy escape situated in the heart of NC apple country.

From August through October, the area’s abundant orchards lead the state in apple production. In fact, Henderson County is the seventh-largest apple producer in the nation.

Many orchards are open to the public, so visitors can pick apples, meander through corn mazes and enjoy sweet treats baked from fresh apples, like apple cider doughnuts. The Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail highlights 20 local orchards open to visitors.

Hendersonville’s supply of apples has made it a hard cider capital. Three cideries produce ciders from local apples. Bold Rock, the largest craft cider producer in the country, operates a state- of-the-art cidery and taproom with daily tours, tastings and a barbecue food truck.

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders is the newest hard cider producer, crafting European style dry ciders from a 1940s era barn in the middle of an orchard.

All three of the cideries are on the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail, which also spotlights two wineries and six craft breweries, including Sierra Nevada.

To request a free guide to the Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail or the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail, call 800-828-4244 or go to: VisitHendersonvilleNC.org