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575 Thomas Jefferson Parkway

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Free

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Free, Recreation, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

According to recent visitors, fall is the best time to visit Carter Mountain Orchard, and it's not just because it's prime apple-picking season. The sweeping views of Charlottesville's autumn colors as seen from the orchard's overlook are not to be missed. In fact, some recent visitors said the views alone are worth the trip to Carter Mountain Orchard.

When you're not ogling the panoramic views, browse the country store for goodies like homemade apple cider doughnuts, apple pies and apple butter. It also sells decorative baskets, ornaments and other home goods.

For those looking to drink their apples, stop by Bold Rock Cider's cellar, located on the property. Bold Rock uses the orchard's apples to make its cider. You can sample the different varieties and purchase bottles on-site.

You'll find the orchard about 5 miles south of downtown Charlottesville. Recent visitors noted that traffic in and around the orchard can be heavy, especially on weekends and during school breaks. If your schedule allows, consider visiting during the week or in the morning to avoid the weekend afternoon rush. The orchard is open seasonally from April to mid-December. Hours vary by month, so check the orchard's website before visiting. 

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