Fall Apple Harvest Self-Guided Driving Tour - Be sure to stop at the Apple Orchards for a helping of Apple Country Hospitality and apple products. The apple harvest season runs from late August through October.
Begin at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina. 828-693-9708
TRAIL #1 - 25 Miles
0 Mi. - From Visitors Center parking area, turn right onto Main Street, merge onto US 25 South at foot of Main Street. After merging, get into left lane and turn left onto US 176.
2.5 Mi - Turn left onto Upward Road.
4 Mi. - First apple orchard is on the left. Next, look for Lively’s Produce on the left at the corner of Upward Road and Howard Gap Road for a variety of seasonal fruits and produce (May -December). At approximately 8 miles Upward Road becomes Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road as it crosses Sugarloaf Road. Just past Eddie's Garage turn right onto Union Hill Church Road. At stop sign, turn left onto Union Hill Road.
11 Mi. - Turn Left onto Lamb Mountain Road - then right onto Pilot Mountain Road. Jones Ornamental Concrete is on the left (great yard art).
13 Mi. - Turn left onto Gilliam Mountain Road (look to right for antique shop on Hwy 64). Cross Hwy. 64 onto St. Paul Road. North Carolina Justice Academy is on the right. Further on to the left note St. Paul Episcopal Church and to the right across road, the church cemetery.
16 Mi. - Turn left onto Old Clear Creek Road.
22 Mi. - Cross Terry’s Gap Road onto Fruitland Road (Fruitland Bible Institute is on the left). Continue 3 miles to Hwy. 64 - end of Trail #1.
Turn left to other Apple Blossom/Apple Harvest Trails and roadside stands.
TRAIL #2 - 7.5 Miles
0 Mi. - Begin at the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Gilliam Mountain Road.
2.4 Mi.- Turn left onto Sugarloaf Road
3.7 Mi. - Turn left onto Bald Rock Road.
6.6 Mi. - Turn right onto Gilliam Mountain Road
7.5 Mi. - Continue to Hwy. 64 - end of Trail #2l. Turn left onto Hwy. 64 to other Apple Blossom/Apple Harvest Trails and roadside stands.
TRAIL #3 - 16 Miles
Begin at the intersection of Hwy. 64 and Mills Gap Road
0 Mi. - From Hwy. 64 turn right onto Mills Gap Road. Travel past Coston Cemetery Road and turn right onto Bearwallow Road.
3 Mi. - Turn left onto Old Clear Creek Road (giant cows on right!)
5 Mi. - Turn left onto Apple Valley Road.
6.4 Mi. - Turn right onto Bearwallow road
7.5 Mi - Turn left onto Mills Gap Road then right onto Hwy. 64. Follow Hwy 64 East to visit roadside stands for Apple products or return to downtown.
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