Perched on the crest of the Blue Ridge atop the Eastern Continental Divide, the Orchard occupies a unique spot in both America’s landscape and history. Drop by our farm for great food, hayrides, u-pick apple experience and free Appalachian music and dance. Check out our web site for a calendar of events and live music shows. Lean more at: www.altapassorchard.org.
The Orchard at Altapass's Apple Core Grill reopens in May 2018! Home Grown Lunch Served every day.
Our goal is to serve the finest, fresh, locally-raised food on the Blue Ridge Parkway, featuring truly country-style flavors.
Farm Tourism & Events
hay rides, educational programs for school children, festival, celebrations
Fruits & Berries
The children of some distant day, thus to some aged man shall say, "Who planted this old apple tree?" -- William Cullen Bryant At the Orchard at Altapass, the answer to that question is "The Clinchfield Railroad." Creighton Lee Calhoun, noted pomologist and author of Old Southern Apples, defines heirloom apples as those varieties that were grown prior to the time when "groceries" became the main source of fruit for most people, which he believes was the late 1920's. Many of our apple trees were planted by the original owners, making them heirlooms in every sense of the word.
July to November
Lunch at our New Apple Core Grill serving fresh locally raised beef hamburgers, hot dogs, baloney and pulled pork, fresh produce from Mitchell County Farmers Market plus Vegetarian options. Storytelling Hayrides, walking trails, U-pick apples, Free Live Mountain music and dance and the best view on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Low Spray, Integrated Pest Management (IPM)