Going apple picking is one of our favorite fall traditions in Columbus. With tons of U-Pick farms and orchards around the city, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get out and enjoy this classic, midwest activity this season. Plan your apple-picking or pumpkin outing to one of these central Ohio U-pick farms this fall! 

Apple Orchards Around Columbus


Two people with a bag of apples at Lynd Fruit Farm in Columbus

Lynd Fruit Farm credit @lIh1429

Branstool Orchards (Utica): You can pick 37 varieties of apples at Branstool! Hours run from 9 am - 6 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm Sundays, with the website updated daily if there is a need to close while the fruit ripens. Food trucks are on-site some Saturdays as well and leashed dogs are welcome to join the fun!

CherryHawk Farm (Marysville): CherryHawk is a family-owned orchard spanning more than 60 acres. They feature 19 varieties and update their website with what’s available on a regular basis.

Lawrence Orchards (Marion): This family-run orchard and farm market offers 26 apple varieties throughout the season, with availability updated on Facebook, along with seasonal fruits, jams, jellies and more. Be sure to visit the Cider House Pavilion and pick up a gallon (or two!) of fresh and all-natural apple cider from Labor Day until Christmas Eve! Picking is available from 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through  Saturday. 

Legend Hills Orchard (Utica): Legend Hills is celebrating five generations of operation! Pick until your heart's content from 9 am - 6 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm. Check out what's currently available for picking here.

Lynd Fruit Farm (Pataskala): Lynd 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. 


A child picking an apple at Lynd Fruit Farm in Columbus

Lynd Fruit Farm, credit @Diane_Boden

Ochs Fruit Farm (Lancaster): Ochs has been operating as a family-run farm since 1872 and offers more than 90 varieties of apples. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for daily availability and hours of operation.

The Orchard & Company (Plain City): This family fun center is more than just an apple orchard. Open 11 am - 6 pm on weekends through Oct. 30, it also offers lots of exciting activities for all ages including wagon rides, farm animals, zip lines and more. There is no admission charged for u-pick apples or to visit the store, but those entering “Farmyard Area” will need general admission and a Farmyard Pass. Please leave your four-legged friends at home for this experience!

Pumpkin Patches & More Fall Fun Around Columbus


Freeman's Farm Pumpkins in Galena

Freeman's Farm located in Galena


Circle S Farms (Grove City): Beginning in October, hop on a wheelchair-accessible hayride between the parking lot and pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin at Circle S. Additional opportunities for family fun include corn and sunflower mazes, a petting zoo and fun barn. Be on the lookout for 2023 hours and pricing here

Dupler's Pumpkin Land (Newark): In addition to a selection of traditional pumpkins, Dupler's prides itself on their specialty offerings in a variety of colors like pink, blue, white and more that are a result of 20+ years of cross-breeding. Make your pumpkin selections then spend time enjoying wagon rides, a corn maze, a haunted room, a giant slide, a web climbing net, and more. 

Freeman's Farm (Galena):  Freeman's Farm is fun for the entire family! Open weekends between September 16 - October 29, Freeman's is home to hayrides, campfire treats, a fall festival market and more. 

Hann Farms (Obetz): Hann Farms offers u-pick tomatoes, green beans and peppers to round out your produce options this fall. Patrons are invited to bring their own bags for easier picking and are asked to note that the farm accepts only cash or checks. Stay up-to-date on the latest offerings here.

Hidden Creek Farms (Sunbury): This working farm is all about fall fun! They grow a variety of pumpkins, from tiny to extra-large in a range of colors including green, blue, white and all shades of orange. Plus, they have unique gourds, corn and straw bales for decorating. Enhanced fall fun activities are offered Wednesday through Sunday, including hayrides, pumpkin slides, pumpkin tunnels, a straw maze, farm animals and more.


A small child touching a pumpkin at Van Buren Acres.

Van Buren Acres located in Hebron


Leeds Farm (Delaware): Admittedly this is not a u-pick option, but it's still an opportunity to get gorgeous pumpkins and gourds straight from the fields, harvested by the professional hands that raised them. Turn a trip to Leeds into a full day of family fun with their full slate of activities like hay rides, zip lines, slides and more. Activities are available on weekends from Sept. 16 - Oct. 28 and pre-purchased tickets, available here, are required. 

Lehner Pumpkin Farms (Delaware): Lehner offers a 15-acre u-pick patch, featuring all sizes of pumpkins, from pumpkin pie pumpkins to large carving options, as well as gourds and large squash. Those who don't want to pick can also choose from a selection that has been pre-picked and washed. The property also offers additional activities like corn mazes, farm animals, barrel rides and more, even on weeknights. Plus, pets are permitted on the premises and most activities (as well as restrooms) are easily accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs. Check out a full slate of activities and a calendar of special events here.

Lohstroh Family Farms (Mt. Sterling): Weekends, beginning near the end of September through October, at Lohstroh feature u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, a tractor train, food and more family fun. Find additional details here.

Lynd Fruit Farm (Pataskala): Of course, Lynd's is a household name for apple picking, but they also have a location on Morse Rd. that offers u-pick pumpkins. The season begins near the end of September. Check the homepage here for updates on inventory. 

Miller's Country Gardens (Delaware): On Saturdays and Sundays in October, Miller's invites you to ride in their hay wagon out to their pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin. Whether you need them for making pies, decorating or carving Jack-O-Lanterns, Miller's has you covered. 

Pigeon Roost Farm (Hebron): Pigeon Roost is the ultimate hub of fall fun, with its Great Pumpkin Fun Center offering a wide range of activities like a corn maze, tractor-pulled wagon rides, paintball, face painting and more. All activities and pumpkin purchases are credit cards only. Check out the full slate of offerings to help plan your trip here.

Van Buren Acres (Hebron): This family-owned and operated farm has activities for kids and kids-at-heart with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflower trail, cow train and more. Admission is $9 with hours Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and by appointment, through Oct. 31. Learn more here.

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