Apple picking is just one of many favorite fall activities around Columbus. Everyone’s excited to get out and enjoy the cooler weather and to savor the fruits and vegetables of autumn. Plan an apple picking expedition to one of these central Ohio orchards this fall! With COVID-19 safety measures in place, u-pick may look different this year than in most years. Curbside pickup is available at many orchards.

Apple Hill Orchard (Mansfield): A great spot for picking everything from McIntosh to Cortland and Gala apples, as well as getting fresh-pressed cider, taking hayrides and petting the animals.

Branstool Orchards (Utica): Branstool is well known for both their apples as well as their peaches and pears. You can pick from 37 different varieties of apples!

CherryHawk Farm (Marysville): CherryHawk is a family-owned orchard spanning more than 60 acres. They feature 17 varieties, and update their website with what’s available on a regular basis.

Lawrence Orchards (Marion): Here you can pick your own apples from 15 varieties throughout the season. Be sure to visit the Cider House Pavilion and pick up a gallon (or two!) of fresh and all natural apple cider.

Legend Hills Orchard (Utica): Legend Hill is run by five generations of Richard Hoar’s family, and features a big variety of U-pick apples, plus peaches, fresh cider, cherries, maple syrup and beef jerky.

Lynd’s Fruit Farm (Pataskala): Lynd’s is a popular spot for U-pick apples, offering acres upon acres of apple trees for climbing and picking. They also offer hayrides through the orchard, a corn maze, and the big market tent loaded with produce, fall items and baked goods.

Ochs Fruit Farm (Lancaster): Ochs usually has about 10 varieties apples, plus fresh cider. Stick around to pick everything from plums, pears, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers and cucumbers, too.

The Orchard & Company (Plain City): This family fun center includes a range of U-pick apples, wagon rides, farm animals, zip lines, market and bakery.

Remember to always check websites and Facebook pages, or call ahead, for event calendars and produce availability!


Originally posted Oct. 2016
Updated Sept. 2020