Going apple picking, a classic fall activity in Central Ohio, is a sure sign of the changing seasons! Even if you live in the city of Columbus, a u-pick apple farm is less than an hour away!
6 Places to Pick Apples in Columbus and Central Ohio:
Our family loves to pick apples. We have traditionally picked our apples at Lynd Fruit Farm since we moved here in 2008, but we have recently branched out (no pun intended) to try some other local apple farms! Do you have a favorite that’s not listed here? Leave it in the comments!
If you’re planning your fall calendar, you’re going to also want to check out A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio and 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus for more fall fun!
This post was updated on September 25, 2023.
1. Branstool Orchards
Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Features: Pick your own apples 7 days a week! 37 Apple varieties are available beginning in July and running through late October! See our trip to Branstool Orchards here.
Apple picking is typically available from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM most days and the market is open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The website is updated regularly as to what varieties are available for picking!
2. Cherry Hawk Farm
Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Features: Pick your own apples from July to November! Plus a sunflower field that blooms in late August and early September!
CherryHawk Farm keeps a handy updated calendar on their website telling you what month apple varieties are expected and whether or not they are currently available. Picking time is typically available Fridays through Sundays. Sunflowers are expected by mid September in 2023!
3. Lawrence Orchards
Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Features: 26 varieties of apples grown plus other summer vegetables, fruits, pumpkins and more!
Apple picking typically begins in late August. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Apple Cider is available after Labor Day! A farm market is open from June through Christmas with farm-made products! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the most up to date information including special Harvest Saturdays that feature live music!
4. Lynd Fruit Farm
Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Features: Over a dozen apple varieties are available throughout the season!
Apple picking typically begins at the end of August or beginning of September. Call the u-pick hotline for updates: 740-927-1333 for a recorded message or check the calendar on their website. There is also a large farm market with homemade goods, fruits, vegetables and more!
Lynd Fruit Farm is also home to a sunflower field (Smiles of Sunflowers)and a corn maze in the fall!
5. Orchard and Company
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Features: U-Pick apples available from August through October. Fall festival season begins in September and runs through October featuring fun activities for families!
Apple picking is typically available on weekends only. Check the calendar on their website for the most up to date information on what apple varieties are available when!
Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!
6. Legend Hills Orchard
Location: 11335 Reynolds Rd, Utica, OH 43080
Features: U-Pick apples available from late June through October. Farm Market open year round.
This family-owned orchard is located in Utica and, in addition to apples, they grow other fruits and vegetables. The farm market is open year round.
They sell apples in the farm market and also offer the opportunity to pick your own apples throughout the growing season! Check their Pick Your Own webpage for the most up to date information on what apples are currently available to pick!
When you arrive at the orchard and are ready to pick, they will give you a map with the apples labeled and you can drive to the location of the apples that are ready!
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