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When autumn arrives in New England, it’s the best time of year. There are so many things to do, places to go, and gorgeous sites to see. Fall activities abound in every state, and to celebrate the season, New Englanders and travelers take time to participate in quintessential fall fun. One of the best ways to enjoy fall is by picking your own apples.
New England is filled to the brim with apple orchards, and today, we’re talking about New Hampshire’s. Ready to gather a bushel or a peck under a September sun? Here are 7 of the best places to go apple picking in NH.
Mack’s Apples – Londonderry, NH
You can’t have a list of New Hampshire apple orchards without including Mack’s. This is one of the best known, and with good reason.
Mack’s Apples has a deep history in New Hampshire. As an 8th generation family farm, Moose Hill Orchards, home of Mack’s Apples, is the oldest single family run farm in New Hampshire. That’s pretty awesome. 100 of their 400 acres are dedicated to apple trees.
Stop by for pick-your-own apples, a sprawling pumpkin patch, an ice cream stand, farm market, and a general feeling of a classic New England autumn down on the farm.
Gould Hill Farm – Contocook, NH
Want beautiful mountain views while you pick your apples? Gould Hill Farm is a spot to consider! Many varieties are grown here, available to pick from Labor Day Weekend through mid October. Other fruit picking is available seasonally.
When it isn’t the busy apple harvesting season, the farm is an idyllic place for an apple orchard wedding and they offer many special touches for weddings and other events.
During your visit, don’t miss their crisp, hot apple cider donuts (which I’ve had myself and can attest are AMAZING), and their other baked goods. They’ve also got an onsite hard cider tasting room.
Applecrest Farm Orchards – Hampton Falls, NH
What a perfect fall spot. Applecrest Farm is the oldest continuously operated apple orchard in America. According to their history, visitors from Boston used to ride the “apple train” from Massachusetts up to this Southern NH apple orchard.
Applecrest embraces the fall season, holding fall festivals every weekend throughout September and October. There, families can enjoy an amazing array of activities and offerings. The list is HUGE, but includes things such as free live music, free tractor rides, a bouncy house, face painting, cider donuts (of course!), barnyard animals, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. I’m not sure why you’re still reading. Go visit this place!
Windy Ridge Orchard – North Haverhill, NH
Here is a dog-friendly place for New Hampshire apple picking: Windy Ridge Orchard. This spot is farther north, up near the
White Mountains. This means you know you’ll have some nice views.
Offering 18 varieties of apples, picking is generally available from the end of August through early October (depending on Mother Nature, of course). After gathering your fruit, visit their sweet barnyard animals and enjoy a homemade meal at the Cider House Cafe.
Windy Ridge is also a Christmas Tree farm, so make plans to return for festive fun in December!
Riverview Farm – Plainfield, NH
A themed corn maze awaits you each fall when you visit Riverview Farm. Cool off after your maze adventure with some of their fresh-pressed cider (100% solar powered, too!).
This is a great destination that provides everything you want in a fall weekend: a pumpkin patch, a picturesque barn store, and horse-drawn wagon rides up to the orchards. Autumn bliss! Don’t forget your camera.
Meadow Ledge Farm – Loudon, NH
Home of the best apple cider donuts in New Hampshire? Perhaps it is Meadow Ledge Farm, which is regularly found on such lists, but you’ll have to come taste them and decide for yourself!
This classic New Hampshire farm has 40 varieties of apples, plus lots of other fresh farm produce and products. On the weekends, there is often live music on the farm, so you can pick apples and sip cider with a pleasant soundtrack.
While you’re visiting, grab your fall mums, pumpkins, and cornstalks, too.
Carter Hill Orchard – Concord, NH
Carter Hill Orchard has deep New Hampshire roots; there has been an active orchard here since the 1700s. Today, it’s a pick-your-own spot with apples, blueberries, and peaches. It’s also home of New Hampshire Cider Works and a thriving bakery. Need pumpkins? Step into their festive “Hall of Pumpkins.” All the apple and fall goodness you are looking for this season can be found here.
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- 7 Great Places to Go Apple Picking in Massachusetts
Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she writes alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband and cats, & drinking a maple latte.