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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fun Fall, Y'all! Hillcrest Orchards Apple Pickin' Jubilee!

Near Ellijay, Georgia, you will find a wonderful apple picking experience at Hillcrest Orchards.  We started coming here last year and were extremely happy to find everything the same when we went back this Fall.

We like to go during the week since we are a homeschooling family.  That way we miss most of the crowds, but still get to have a great time!

We love the huge variety of apples they offer.  You can pick them yourself, or buy premade, or customized bags of apples inside.  They have lots of great local products for sale, including jellies, cider, baked goods and more. 

Their Apple Pickin' Jubilee is offered on weekends in October.   In addition to picking your own apples, you can also do fun things like milk Buttercup the cow,  watch pig races and swimming pigs, visit the petting zoo and jump on the giant jumping pillow! 

There are Moonshine, Farmhouse and Apple museums,  wagon rides, pedal cart and trike rides, a kiddy corn maze, mini gold, cow train rides – whew!! 

For an extra fee you can take a pony ride or bungee jump, too. 

These apples are down front by the road - they are just for photos, no picking off these trees!
Try some delicious food while you are there:  BBQ, corn on the cob, boiled peanuts, funnel cakes, fried oreos, fried apple pies, apple fritters,  apple cider doughnuts, ice cream and fudge, apple cider and more are available to purchase.   (Get the doughnuts.  Get lots of them!! They are heavenly!)

Each time we visit, David likes to get a plastic apple sipper that comes filled with cold apple cider for $1.50.  He's holding it in the bear picture below.  They have some cute photo opps there, too!

If you go during the week like we do, the market, bakery and petting farm are open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.  Not all of the activities are available during the week.  You can call ahead to find out what they have the day you visit. 

Find out more by visiting their website .

Hillcrest Orchards is located on Georgia Hwy 52 (9 miles east of Ellijay) and their phone number is 706-273-3838. 

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