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, so be sure to double check all websites before visiting.
Branstool Orchards (Utica): You can pick 37 varieties of apples at Branstool! Hours run from 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 Sundays, with the website updated daily if there is a need to close while fruit ripens. Food trucks are on site some Saturdays as well and leashed, non-aggressive dogs are welcome to join the fun!
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): 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 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and admission is just $5 for anyone over the age of 2.
Legend Hills Orchard (Utica): Legend Hills charges by the bag, starting at $12 for a small bag, but recommends getting there early this season as the harvest is smaller due to a late frost. Picking must be started by 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday or 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Check out what's currently available for picking here.
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. Picking is available Wednesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is charged by the bag, starting at $20 for a small bag, with a minimum of one small bag per car.
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 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31, 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!