Local "U-Pick" Apple Orchards Your Family will Love

A complete list of our favorite Hudson Valley orchards

Apple picking orchards in the Hudson Valley

Most farms and orchards are open for pick your own. The list below has been updated according to new regulations. Many activities may not be available. You should visit the farm or orchard's website/Facebook page before visiting for any updated information. Please practice social distancing and happy picking.

Fall is the time of year when families think of taking trips to sprawling farms filled with apples, so heavy that they bend the branches to which they grasp, as well as the taste of freshly made apple cider. There is hardly a person that does not imagine the toothy grin of a recently carved pumpkin, once the change in the air has begun. 

The crisp smell of hay from a child's hayride might also come to mind. That is the beauty of living in the Hudson Valley area. One can get the full experience of such a unique season that others are unfortunate not to be able to see. At the following locations, children and adults alike can witness (and take part in) the fun that accurately describes a "Hudson Valley Autumn." Enjoy!

And remember, Mother Nature is unpredictable so always call ahead to be sure of what varieties of produce are available.

Dutchess County

Barton Orchards, Visit the Midway - home to some of their most fun attractions like the Petting Zoo, the playground (open on festival weekends only), the Tap Room, The Farm Market and more. Pick your own apples from mid-August to November and pumpkins from late-September to mid-October. Open 11am-6pm, Sunday-Thursday. Open 11am-8pm Friday-Saturday. July through November. 63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag. 845-227-2306.

Cedar Heights Orchards. They have many heirloom trees to pick from, as well as Galas, Cortlands, Jonamacs, Empires, Macouns, Red Delicious and many more. Some of the new varieties include Liberty, Gold Rush and Baldwin. Picking starts Labor Day weekend. Just 3 miles from the Village of Rhinebeck. 8 Crosby Ln., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3231

Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farms Rd., Hopewell Junction. Open daily, 9am-6pm, year-round. Various fruits and vegetables. Pick your own apples and pumpkins from September to October. 845-897-4377. Must make reservations

Greig Farm, Greig’s features blackberries and raspberries in addition to apple and pumpkin picking from late August to late October. This farm also has an indoor market. Kids can feed the goats behind Gigi’s market and see the Koi fish behind Grandiflora Nursery. If it’s light enough to pick they’re happy to have you. Open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. 223 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. Open May to Oct. 845-758-1234. 

Mead Orchards, This orchard is a great picnic spot with views of the Catskill Mountains. Along with apple picking and pumpkin picking late August through October. Pick-Your-Own peaches, apples, pumpkins. Farm Stand peaches, apples, pears, sweet corn, other veggies. You can also pick up other fall staples. Open weekends; 10am-4pm. 15 Scism Rd., Tivoli. 845-756-5641. Must buy tickets online or at the gate

Rose Hill Farm. Pick delicious apples plus peaches and blueberries. They also have a farm stand and Winery/Cidery. Apple picking late August to mid-November. Thur. &Fri. 3-7; Sat. & Sun. 9-5. 19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook. 845-758-4215

Orange County 

Apple Ridge Orchards, Whether your family loves apple picking or pumpkin picking, Apple Ridge Orchards has a wonderful selection for you to choose from. Pick your own apples opens September 4 through November and pumpkins opens September 18 to November, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all holidays  9am-6pm. Now taking online reservations for group visits. 101 Jessup Rd., Warwick. 845-987-7717. Call prior to visit for up-to-minute PYO Info

Apple Dave's Orchard (Formally known as Applewood), 82 Four Corners Rd., Warwick. Open daily September 6, 9am-5pm. Apple picking starts September 6. Relax by the pond or take a stroll through the herb and rose gardens or country store. A variety of foods and ice cream are offered on weekends. 845-986-1684.

Lawrence Farms Orchards, Pick you own apples, berries, grapes, plums, raspberries and lots of veggies September to October. Enjoy chickens, goats, ducks & swans. 39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh. 845-562-4268

Masker Fruit Farms Inc., Best known for apple picking, the farm will be opening up Labor Day weekend along with pumpkin picking. Stop by the country store or visit the baby barnyard animals. You can also grab some food and beverages. There are discounts available on the website. Open weekends 9am-5pm. September 4 to November. 45 Ball Rd., Warwick. 845-986-1058.

Ochs Orchards, Apple and pumpkin picking. Apple picking starts up Labor Day weekend. Depending up on availability, pumpkins should be available for picking through October. There is also a farm market and ice cream is available. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm. 4 Ochs Ln., Warwick.845-986-1591.

Pennings Orchard, 169 State Rte. 94S, Warwick. Apples picking starts August 28. Stop by the farmer's market, visit the beer garden and cidery and farm animals. 845-986-7080.

Slate Hill Orchards, 2580 Rte. 6, Slate Hill. Pick your own apples and grapes. Pick your own pumpkins starting in late September to October. 8am-6pm. 845-355-4493.

Sleepy Hills Orchard and Greenhouses, Pick you own apples weekends 10am-4pm, September through October. 1328 Rte 284, Westtown. 9am-6pm. 845-726-3797.

Soons Orchards & Farm Market, Apple picking is weekend 10am-4pm, store open daily 9am-6pm. Pumpkin fields are open all day in October. Stop by Soons store for fresh pressed apple cider, homemade fudge and other delicious treats. Apple picking starts September 4, Pumpkins by mid-September. 23 Soons Cir., New Hampton. 845-374-5471.

Warwick Valley Winery & Orchards, 114 Little York Rd., Warwick. Open Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. Apple picking starts September 4 and goes through November. Open daily 11am-5pm. Enjoy wine tasting, the Pané Café and Doc's Grill, plus live music on weekends from 2-5pm. 845-258-4858.

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Ulster County

Apple Hill Farm, Pick your own apples mid-September through October. Pumpkins available at the stand through October 31. Open Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Get fresh pressed apple cider and take home some of our famous mulled apple cider donuts. Tables are available for a picnic or, if you prefer, bring a blanket to relax and enjoy the views. 124 Rte. 32 S., New Paltz. 845-255-1605.

Dressel Farms, Pick your own apples every weekend starting  September 11 through October 31. In the fall, in addition to apples, they also harvest our own pears, pumpkins, squash, decorative gourds, and chestnuts. Saturday and Sunday 10am-4:30pm. Pick up a pint of homemade hard ice cream, along with cider, pies, and apple cider doughnuts. 271 Rte. 208, New Paltz. 845-255-0693.

DuBois Farms, Open everyday from 10am-5pm from June to beginning of November for PYO strawberries as well as all of their other offerings. Pick-your-own pumpkins and apples open daily. Corn maze, wagon rides, petting zoo, tiny town, bakery and pony rides are among the attractions. 209 Perkinsville Rd., Highland. 845-795-4037.

Hurds Family Farm, Families can enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, a jumping pillow, the cow train and a cornfield mazes. Feed farm pets at the Critter Corner and play at the Kid’s Corral. Apple picking is from August 28 to Early November. The pumpkin patch is open end of September through October 31. must pre-order a minimum purchase of $20 to enter the farm. Tickets go on sale the Tuesday before. You can also pre-order wristbands for activities online. 2187 Rte. 32, Modena. 845-883-7825.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards, Route 299, West New Paltz. From January-May, open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm; 9am-7pm Friday through Sunday. Apples, berries, and pumpkins. Apple picking begins early September. Pumpkin picking begins in September through October. 845-255-0999.

Kelder’s Farm, 5575 Rte. 209, Kerhonkson. Open 10am-6pm daily (closed Wednesdays), April to Dec. Seasonal fruits, corn maze, hayrides, petting farm, playground and jumping pillow. Apple picking is end of August to October and pumpkin picking is in October. 845-626-7137. 

Locust Grove Fruit Farm199 North Rd., Milton. Offering U-pick apples, pumpkins, flowers and a variety of seasonal produce, baked goods, cider, home-made cider donuts, refreshments and wagon rides. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm, Columbus Day through November.

Minard's Family Farm, 250 Hurds Rd., Clintondale. Pick your own apples and pumpkins on over 100 acres while embracing the largest corn maze in the Hudson Valley, breathing fresh air and enjoying scenic mountain views. Tons of activities for young and old alike. Apple picking is from Aug. 28 to late Oct. Pumpkin picking is in October. 866-632-7753.

Prospect Hill Orchards, 340 Milton Turnpike, Milton. Open weekends, 9am-4pm. June to Oct. Various fruits. Organic. Apple, pears and pumpkin picking is weekends, August 27 through October. Closed Labor Day weekend. 845-795-2383.

Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Rte. 209, Accord. 8am-4pm. Tuesday to Sunday from April to Dec. Various fruits. Apple picking starts after Labor Day in September. Weekends in October are for pumpkin picking and corn mazes. 845-626-2676.

Stone Ridge Orchard, 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge. Organic. Apple picking Sept.-Oct. Farm stand is currently open Friday thru Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Produce, baked goods, apple cider, hard cider, and other locally sourced fare. 845-687-2587.

Weed Orchards, Open every day starting late August for apple and pumpkin picking 9am-5pm. The orchard features a petting zoo, playground and huge corn maze. 43 Mt. Zion Rd., Marlboro. Open Sept. to Oct. Every day, 11am-5pm. 845-236-2684.

Wilklow Orchards, Enjoy over 5 acres of apple picking, pumpkins, and  fresh cider. Also a hay jump, hayrides, petting zoo and hot cider. Open daily Labor Day through October, 9am-6pm. 341 Pancake Hollow Rd., Highland. 845-691-2339.

Wrights Farm, 699 State Rt. 208, Gardiner. Over 453 acres that produces 100,000 bushels of apples each year. In addition to apples they have cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, berries, tomatoes, pumpkins and more. The store also carries a large selection of baked goods including their famous cider donuts. Open daily from 9am-4:30pm. Apple picking begins Labor Day through October 31. 845-255-5300.

Sullivan County

Cunningham Family Farms, 233 Hurd and Parks Rd., Swan Lake. Corn maze, hay rides, play area, obstacle courses, and pick your own pumpkins. Weekends Sept. 5- Nov. 4. 11am-5pm. 845-583-4083.

Does your family have a favorite orchard that you don't see here? Let us know in the comments!

Updated August 23, 2021

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