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, This fall getaway for children has an ice cream stand, Gem Stone Mining, Mini Golf, concessions, playground, petting zoo and Farm Stand. Pick your own apples from mid-August to November and pumpkins from late-September to mid-October. Open 11am-6pm, Sunday-Wednesday. Open 11am-8pm Thursday-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. 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 September to 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; 9am-9pm. 15 Scism Rd., Tivoli. 845-756-5641.

Rose Hill Farm. Pick delicious apples plus peaches and blueberries. They also have a farm stand and Winery/Cidery. 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 5 through November and pumpkins opens September 19 to November, Friday through Sunday and holidays. 9am-6pm. Now taking online reservations for group visits. 101 Jessup Rd., Warwick. 845-987-7717.

Apple Dave's Orchard (Formally known as Applewood), 82 Four Corners Rd., Warwick. Open daily. 9am-5pm. Apples in Sept. to Oct. Relax by the pond or take a stroll through the herb and rose gardens or country store. 845-986-1684.

Lawrence Farms Orchards, Pick you own apples, berries, grapes, plums, raspberries and lots of veggies September to October. Enjoy “show chickens”, Little Village and hay bale maze. 39 Colandre 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. There are discounts available on the website. Open weekends 9am-5pm. September 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. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm. 4 Ochs Ln., Warwick.845-986-1591.

Pennings Orchard, 169 State Rte. 94S, Warwick. Apples and pumpkins in the fall starting Labor Day weekend. Stop by the farmer's market, visit the beer garden and pumpkin fields, enjoy the hayrides, farm animals, a kiddie maze and more (not currently available due to pandemic). 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. Apples ripen in early September, 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 August 29 and goes through November 8. 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 through October and pumpkins through October 31. Open 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 12 through November 1. Pick your own pumpkins every weekend in October, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. They are also open Columbus Day. Enjoy their fresh fruit sundaes, along with cider, pies, apple cider doughnuts and honey. 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 (not currently available due to pandemic). 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. Hurd’s 18th Century Dutch Threshing Barn is a great spot for country gifts and refreshments. The pumpkin patch is open end of September through October 31. Apple picking is from August 29 to Early November. 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, milk a cow, playground and jumping pillow. Apple picking is September 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. Apple picking is from Sept. 12 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, September 12 through October. 845-795-2383.

Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Rte. 209, Accord. 9am-6pm. Tuesday to Sunday from April to Dec. Various fruits. Apple picking starts after Labor Day in September. Weekends in October are for pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and hay rides. 845-626-2676.

Stone Ridge Orchard, 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge. Organic. Apple picking begins Labor Day weekend. 845-687-2587.

Weed Orchards, Open every day for apple and pumpkin picking 9am-5pm. The orchard features a petting zoo and huge corn maze (currently unavailable due to pandemic). 43 Mt. Zion Rd., Marlboro. Open Sept. to Oct. Every day, 11am-5pm. 845-236-2684.

Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Rd., Accord. Organic. Apple picking is September to late October. Friday 12pm-6pm. Open Saturday, 11am-3pm. Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 845-626-0659. Pick your own apples not available in 2020 season.

Wilklow Orchards, Enjoy over 5 acres of pumpkins, fresh cider and autumn mums. 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 September 18, 2020

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