With over two dozen apple orchards in the Hudson Valley, it’s no wonder that apple-picking is a favorite activity that locals and visitors look forward to every autumn. Apples, squash, and pumpkins abound, as do the treats that they provide and opportunities for classic fall time fun. From make-your-own scarecrow workshops to corn mazes, cider donuts, and hand-picked apples, there is so much fun to be had at our local farms.
Your day begins as soon as you pass the Village of New Paltz (NYS Thruway exit 18). When you continue down Route 299, the Ridge will act as a beacon toward your day’s adventure. Past the sunflower fields and farmers market, make a turn onto Route 44/55 and drive up the mountain. (Be mindful of the terrain and turns!)
699 Route 208, Gardiner | 845-255-5300 eatapples.com
Saunderskill Farms has been family owned and operated since 1680 and has long been a beloved local farm market. Stop by for the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Fall Harvest Festival on September 28th for some guaranteed family fun that includes pumpkin picking, apple picking, pumpkin painting, a corn maze, wagon rides, make-your-own scarecrow, and live music. Also be sure to make a trip to the farm for “A Taste of Saunderskill” on November 9th, which is a wonderful opportunity to sample a variety of their specialties, including apple cider donut pudding, granola made with Damn Good local honey, apple cakes, bjorn quorn, dips, pumpkin pie, gluten-free brownies, and local apple cider.
5100 Route 209, Accord | 845-626-2676 | saunderskill.com
apple bin farm market
Apple Bin Farm Market features homegrown seasonal fruits and produce such as apples, peaches, apricots, nectarines, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and corn. This cozy local farm market also offers daily breakfast and lunch sandwiches, freshly made cider donuts, and many other tasty treats.
810 Broadway (Route 9W), Ulster Park | 845-339-7229 theapplebinfarmmarket.com
locust grove fruit farm
Overlooking the Hudson River Valley, Locust Grove Fruit Farm has been owned and operated by the Kent family for seven generations and offers a wonderful selection of pick-your-own apples, corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins.
199 North Road, Milton | 845-795-5194 locustgrovefruitfarm.com
wallkill view farm
A gardener’s paradise, Wallkill View Farm offers u-pick pumpkins, hayrides (free on the weekends), picnic areas, a corn maze, fresh seasonal produce, and an outstanding garden center. Their farm market has a delectable selection of local fruits, veggies, baked goods, ice cream, jams, honey, and freshly made baked goods.
15 Route 299 West, New Paltz | 845-255-8050 wallkillviewfarmmarket.com
twin star orchards
Famous for their oh-so-delicious “ugly apples,” Twin Star Orchards hosts a number of fun events in the fall, including their Apple Festival on September 2nd to celebrate the start of apple-picking season and an Oktoberfest event the weekend of October 12th that features freshly grilled sausages and live music. Twin Star Orchards is the perfect destination for a day of apple picking, and we love the wood-fired pizzas and burgers that they serve up in their outdoor pavilion.
155 N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz | 845-633-8657 twinstarorchards.com
A local favorite, Kelder’s Farm is always a fun way to spend the day with family. From their petting zoo to the world’s biggest gnome, to an abundant farm market with all sorts of treats, a day at Kelder’s Farm makes for a wonderful falltime excursion. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, and raspberries to eat out of hand or make into a fresh baked pie.
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson | 845-626-7137
prospect hill orchards
Prospect Hill Orchards has been a family owned farm for over 200 years and offers a wide selection of pick-your-own apples throughout the fall. Be sure to catch their Johnny Appleseed Cider Fest on October 19th and 20th for some old-fashioned fun, including hands-on cider pressing, hayrides, build-your-own scarecrow, a corn maze, and a scavenger hunt.
73 Clarks Lane, Milton | 845-795-2383