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Exploring the Heart of Autumn: Tennessee's Must-Visit Apple Orchards

Autumn in Tennessee brings with it a magnificent tapestry of colors as the leaves change from vibrant greens to rich shades of red, orange, and gold.

It's a season of crisp air, cozy sweaters, and the delightful aroma of apple orchards.

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Nestled amidst the rolling hills and scenic landscapes of this southern state are apple orchards that beckon both locals and tourists alike to experience the joy of apple picking, enjoy homemade apple treats, and bask in the beauty of fall foliage.

Join us as we embark on a journey to explore the charm and abundance of Tennessee's apple orchards.


Apple Varieties Galore

One of the most exciting aspects of visiting Tennessee's apple orchards is the opportunity to pick from an array of apple varieties. From the classic Red Delicious and Fuji to the tart Granny Smith and the sweet Honeycrisp, there's an apple for everyone.

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7690 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville, TN 37135

(615) 395-4088

Located in historic Nolensville, Tennessee just minutes from Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville and Murfreesboro, Morning Glory Orchard is your one-stop shop for all things fresh!

This small, second-generation family farm offers peaches, apples, local honey, home grown vegetables, jams, preserves, cider, and fresh baked goods.

If you have never tasted the difference that tree ripened makes, then you are in for a treat!

Morning Glory Orchard grows 13 varieties of apples on over 750 trees. Each week the varieties of apples available are highlighted on their website and available on-site in their store.

While this is not a you-pick orchard, they invite you to purchase a ticket and take a self-guided tour. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your lunch among the apple trees.

Homeschool Field trips are available in the first 2 weeks of October on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. All persons over the age of 2 will need a ticket.

Tour guides take students on an adventure through the apple orchard as they learn about tree life cycles, pollinators, tools used in farming, and discuss the different animals one might see while visiting an orchard.

You will also have the opportunity to sample honey, apples and apple cider!


The Joy of Apple Picking

Apple picking is not just a fun activity; it connects you with the heart of Tennessee's agricultural heritage.

You'll find yourself strolling through rows of apple-laden trees, reaching for the juiciest fruit, and savoring the satisfaction of choosing the perfect apple for your pie or snack.

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1890 Dodd Branch Rd, Greeneville, TN 37743

(423) 639-2297

Buffalo Trail Orchard is East Tennessee’s favorite pick-your-own farm!

This Century Farm has been growing crops and raising cattle since James Collins purchased the first 34 acres in 1890.

They have 16 varieties of delicious apples today with 4 additional varieties on the way in a few years.

Apples start to ripen in late June and finish the season in early November. But, they have apples for months after that, thanks to a walk in cooler at their on-site farm store that keeps them extra fresh!

Homeschool Field Trips will be available on October 1st , 7th , 15th , and 22nd at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Only one group will be scheduled for any given time period. Home school groups must call (423) 639-2297 and leave a message with the requested field trip date and time.


Homemade Treats and Country Stores

No visit to an apple orchard in Tennessee is complete without indulging in homemade apple treats.

Many orchards have on-site bakeries and country stores where you can savor apple pies, apple cider, caramel apples, apple butter, and much more.

These delectable creations are often made from freshly picked apples, and the taste is simply divine.

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6351 New Harmony Rd, Pikeville, TN 37367


Nothing says "fall" like freshly picked apples, home-baked apple sweets, homemade apple cider, and southern food. Oren Wooden's Apple House has it all!

This orchard features a farm market, restaurant, bakery, and gift shop.

In their Pie Shop you can find: Apple Dumplings, Fried Pies, Fresh Apple Cake, Cider Donuts, Carrigan Rolls, Sweet Charlies, Apple Fritters, Pumpkin Pie, Cider Slushies, Whole Apple Pies, Orange Crush Cakes, and more!


Family-Friendly Activities

Tennessee's apple orchards are ideal destinations for families.

In addition to apple picking, you'll often find kid-friendly activities such as corn mazes, hayrides, and petting zoos.

These experiences create lasting memories for children and adults alike.

Many orchards host seasonal events and fall festivals, making your visit even more special.

These events may include live music, arts and crafts vendors, pumpkin patches, and more. It's a great way to immerse yourself in the fall spirit.

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631 Beckwith Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

(615) 449-2880

This 12-acre working peach and apple orchard is your one-stop-shop for fresh produce and baked goods, as well as weekend cookouts and events.

Upcoming events and activities include:

Weekly Friday morning Storytime at Breedens, starting at 10am.

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10 AM-4 PM - Breedens Orchard Fall Craft Show and Handmade Market

Sunday, October 15 and 22, 2023 from 11 AM - 1:30 PM - STEAM Days in conjunction with Discovery Museum

Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Wilson County Public Safety Trunk-or-Treat. This is a Halloween experience with local Fire, EMS, and Police handing out candy, along with inflatables, food and a fun safe evening!

Homeschool Field Trips to Breedens Orchard are suitable for children from Pre-K through 2nd Grade (approx. 5 years of age-8 years age).

Field trips are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, timing and field trip duration are flexible and created on a case-by-case basis.

Visit their website for more information about scheduling field trips.


Plan Your Visit to Tennessee's Apple OrchardS

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When planning your trip to Tennessee's apple orchards, it's a good idea to check the orchard's website or contact them directly for information about hours of operation and picking schedules.

Also, consider the weather, as fall in Tennessee can vary from pleasantly warm to crisp and cool.

So, whether you're a seasoned apple-picking pro or a first-time orchard explorer, Tennessee's apple orchards offer a warm welcome and a taste of autumn's finest. Bring your family, your camera, and your appetite for apples, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of fall in Tennessee.


For more information about things to do in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Family Vacation Calendar.



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