Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Apple Picking Trip Now!
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When September rolls around each year, the Hudson Valley Apple Picking frenzy begins. It is definitely one of our favorite things to do each year and we have created such wonderful family memories during our the Apple Picking Season in NY.

If you’re like us, you also have your favorite Hudson Valley apple orchard, but are somewhat curious about other Hudson Valley apple orchards and what they have to offer.

  • Are they different than your favorite Hudson Valley apple orchard?
  • Do they offer more activities?
    • Hayrides?
    • Corn Maze?
    • Petting Zoo?
  • Do they have a Bakery? (That’s always an BIG plus in our opinion) 

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Hudson Valley Apple Picking

Apple Picking in NY is the ‘Unofficial’ start of ‘Autumn in New York State‘. Hudson Valley Apple picking season technically starts during the Summer season, but who is really noticing that small detail. 

Since the apple is the Official New York State Fruit, what better way to showcase it than with this comprehensive article.

Here you will find popular places to go apple picking in NY. This is a COMPLETE list of ALL the Hudson Valley Apple Orchards and tips for have the a perfect day!

Hudson Valley Apple Picking

So, let’s plan a wonderful Hudson Valley apple picking trip and also help you do some things with ALL those apples you’re going to pick.

Because there are so many orchards in the Hudson Valley area and we know that it can all be overwhelming, I am here to help you ‘Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Apple Picking Trip’.

Some Hudson Valley Apple Picking Facts:

  1. Apples picked directly from the tree are better for you than store bought
  2. It is more fun to pick apples from trees than a bag at the supermarket
  3. It’s a fun family experience that gets everyone out of the house and away from their electronics (This is VERY true)
  4. There are a TON of delicious recipes you can make with the apples upon your return.
  5. Continue the fun with the family by baking, cooking and sharing all those delicious apples you picked.

Helpful Tips Before your Hudson Valley Apple Picking Trip

  • Don’t forget to check the weather:
    • Since rain the day before or the day of your trip can cause the ground to be wet and muddy, it is always a good idea to check the weather, at the orchards, up until the day of your outing.
    • In order to have a successful Apple Picking season, a Back-up rain date is always a good idea.
  • We like to use the Accuweather App on our phone.
    • It is easy to add multiple locations and not only track precipitation by the hour, but also ‘real feel’ temperature by the hour.
    • This is super helpful for the days where the weather is unpredictable. Trust me, we’ve picked apples in T-shirts and shorts some years and in coats and gloves other years.
  • Research the Prices before you leave:
    • Each orchard sets their prices differently (admission per person, parking fee, pay-per-bag before filling, pay- per-bag after filling, pay by weight, etc).
    • Some orchards charge rental fees for ‘fruit pickers with baskets’, while others charge for wagon usage.
    • Additionally activities, such as hay rides and corn mazes, etc may be an additional fee.
    • Make sure you check how and what they charge for, so you won’t be surprised.
    • Also, prices change from year to year, so make sure you check the website of orchard(s) and click on the links to see updated information for each Hudson Valley apple orchard.
  • Double check operating Hours: 
    • Some farms are only open on the weekends, while others have specific times for ‘Pick-your-own’.
  • Research what Specific Apple types will be available when you’re visiting?
    • Not all apple types ripen at the same time.
    • Call ahead or check individual websites to see which apple varieties are ready in time for your Apple Picking Trip.
  • What is the Distance between the Parking area and the Picking area?
    • Some farms offer a shuttles from the parking area to the apple picking locations.
    • Is it a hayride or actual shuttle bus?
    • Are the picking trees in walking distance of the parking area?
    • These are all important, particularly if your taking the trip with young children or older family members.
  • Do they allow pets? 
    • Some orchards do not allow dogs on their farm, especially those with Petting Areas.
  • Do they allow outside food?
    • Many allow picnic lunches, but check before your visit.

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Hudson Valley Orchards for your Apple Picking Outing

With so many orchards within several counties in the Hudson Valley Region, finding the perfect one for your family may take some trial and error.

In the past, we have tried different orchards in several different counties and have found a few things to be true for our family:

  • We prefer an orchard that is not only convenient but affordable, offers other activities for the children (bounce house, corn maze, petting farm, etc) 
  • We prefer that they offer snack options (warm cider, apple cider donuts, ice cream, etc).
    • This makes the outing more fun, as we can take a break from picking to enjoy a snack the scenery
  • And like I said before, a Bakery on site adds MAJOR points in our book.
    • We really enjoy buying fresh pies and breads during our Hudson Valley apple picking outings.

The Orchard you ultimately choose depends on your personal preferences.

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Westchester County

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 5pm

Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 5pm

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
U-Pick: Wednesdays – Mondays

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Rockland County

Dr Davies Farm

306 Route 304, Congers
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 4pm

Orchards of Concklin

2 South Mountain Road, Pomona
U-Pick: Sundays from 9am – 4:30pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchard in Putnam County

Salinger’s Orchard

230 Guinea Road, Brewster

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Dutchess County

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
U-Pick: Daily from 11am – 5pm

Cedar Heights Orchards

8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck
U-Pick: Daily

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
U-Pick: Tueadays – Sundays from 9am – 4:45pm

Greig Farm

227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 7pm

Mead Orchards

15 Scism Road, Tivoli
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 5pm

Meadowbrook Farms

29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 6pm

Rose Hill Farm

19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook
U-Pick: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 5pm

Terhune Orchards

761 North Avenue, Salt Point
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 5pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Orange County

Apple Dave’s Orchards

82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 4:30pm

Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick
U-Pick: Thursdays – Sundays from 9am – 6pm

Lawrence Farms Orchards

39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 4pm

Maskers Orchards

45 Ball Road, Warwick
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 5pm

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, Warwick
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 5pm

Pennings Orchard

161 Route 94 & Warwick Turnpike, Warwick
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 5pm

Sleepy Hills Orchards

1328 Route 284, Johnson
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 4pm

Soons Orchard & Farm Market

23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
U-Pick: Fridays – Sundays from 10am – 4pm

Warwick Valley Winery & Orchards

114 Little York Road, Warwick
U-Pick: Daily

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Ulster County

Apple Hill Farm

24 Route 32 South, New Paltz
U-Pick: Fridays – Sundays

Clarke’s Family Farm

2086 Rout 44/55, Modena
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 5pm

Dressel Farms

271 Route 208, New Paltz
U-Pick: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Dressel Farms is open daily but has different activities on different days.

  • Saturday & Sunday: Apple Picking from 9am – 5pm. Picking and activities (10am – 4pm) are extra. On these days there are options for a VIP Experience and an Ultimate Experience.
  • Friday & Monday: Picking and Activities (10am – 4pm) with activities free with pick your own purchase. These activities include: Corn Maze, Bounce Pillow, Giant Slide, Obstacle Course, Kids Coral Playground Area, and Rubber Duck Races.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Closed to the Public but open to Large Group Site Rentals only
  • Tuesday: Closed to the Public

DuBois Farms

209 Perkinsville Road, Highland
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 5pm during their season
DuBois Farms is open from late May through late November and reservations are not required to visit the farm. In addition to U-Pick, DuBois Farm also has a farm market, cafe, bakery, tavern and a pizzeria. Admission is free and parking is also free. This is a great place to visit farm animals.

Hurd’s Family Farm

2187 Route 32, Modena
U-Pick: Wednesdays – Fridays from 12pm – 5pm | Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 5pm

Jenkins & Lueken Orchards

69 Yankee Foley Road, New Paltz
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 6pm
They have a smaller picking area during the week.

Kelder’s Farm

5575 Route 209, Kerhonkson
U-Pick: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays – Sundays from 10am – 6pm

Locust Grove Fruit Farm

199 North Road, Milton
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 5pm

Maynard Farms

324 River Road, Ulster Park
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 5pm

Minard’s Farms

250 Hurd’s Road, Clintondale
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 6pm

Prospect Hill Orchards

73 Clarks Lane, Milton
U-Pick: Weekends only

Saunderskill Farm

5100 Rout 209, Accord
U-Pick: Tuesdays – Sundays from 8am – 4pm

Stone Ridge Orchard

3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge
U-Pick: Call for hours

Tantillo’s Farm Market

730 Route 208, Gardiner
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 4:30pm

Twin Star Orchards

155 North Ohioville Road, New Paltz
U-Pick: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11am – 7pm

Weed Orchards

43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 5pm

Westwind Orchard

215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord
U-Pick: Closed for 2020 season

Wilklow Orchards

341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 6pm

Wrights Farm

699 State Route 208, Gardiner
U-Pick: Daily fro 9am – 4pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Columbia County

Fix Brothers Inc

215 White Birch Road, Hudson
Pick Your Own: Cherries, Peaches, Apples & Pumpkins
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 5pm

Golden Harvest Farms

3074 US 9, Valatie
U-Pick: Closed for 2020 Season
Roadstand & Bakery Open Daily: 9am – 4:45pm

Hopedale Farm

82 Kilbar Road, Hudson
U-Pick: Daily from sunrise to sunset

Love Apple Farm

1421 NY-9H, Ghent
U-Pick: Daily from 8am – 5pm

Philip Orchards

270 NY-9H, Claverack
U-Pick: Fridays – Mondays from 9am – 5pm

Samascott Orchards

5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook
U-Pick: Wednesdays – Mondays from 9am – 5pm

Smith Farms

200 White Birch Road, Hudson
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 4pm

Thompson-Finch Farm

750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram
Pick Your Own: Strawberries, Blueberries & Apples

Yonder Fruit Farms

3167 NY-9H, Valatie
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 6pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Rensselaer County

Engelke Farm & Garden

463 Garfield Road, Troy
U-Pick: Daily 9am – 6pm
Apple cider donuts, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze & Feed animals.

Kristy’s Barn

2385 Brookview Road, Castleton-on-Hudson
U-Pick: Daily – Mondays – Saturdays from 9am – 6pm | Sundays from 10am – 5pm

Lakeview Orchards

56 Apples Way, Melrose
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm – 4pm

Windy Hill Orchard

1297 Brookview Station Road, Castelton
U-Pick: Daily – Mondays – Fridays from 10am – 5pm | Saturdays from 9am – 6pm | Sundays from 9am – 5pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchard in Greene County

Boehm Farm

233 County Rte 26, Climax
U-Pick: Daily from 10am – 5pm

Hudson Valley Apple Picking Orchards in Albany County

Altamont Orchards

6654 Dunnsville Road, Altamont
Pick Your Own: Strawberries (June) & Apples
Farm Market with a Bakery
U-Pick: Weekdays from 9:30am – 6pm | Saturdays & Sundays from 9am – 6pm

Engelke Farm & Gardens

463 Garfield Road, Troy
Pick Your Own: Raspberries, Strawberries, Apples, most seasonal vegetables, Pumpkins
Home to the second longest zip line
Cider donuts, Tractor/Wagon Rides, Feed Animals & Corn Maze
Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm

Indian Ladder Farms

342 Altamont Road, Altamont
Nature Trails & Farm Animal Exhibits Open to Customers: Saturdays 11 to 7, Sundays 11 to 5
Farm Market & Cafe: Seasonal
Pick Your Own: Apple, Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries & Black Raspberries) & Pumpkins
U-Pick: Daily from 9am – 4:30pm

Stanton’s Feura Farm

210 Onesquethaw Creek Road, Fuera Bush
Pick Your Own: Strawberries, Apples, & Pumpkins
Sep & Oct: Hay/Corn Mazes, Hay Ride, Pumpkin Patch & Straw Slide
U-Pick: Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm – 6pm

Apple Picking in NY – The Apple Guide

Thanks to for this quick cheat sheet with information about 12 varieties of apples. It is also very helpful to know when the various types of apples are ready for picking, so you can plan your trip around your favorites. 

Apple Varieties that you can pick during your Hudson Valle Apple Picking Trips

I haven’t tried them all yet, but our favorites are Golden Delicious. We put them in salads, pancakes, waffles and make delicious homemade apple pies.

We also enjoy making homemade:

  • Candied apples
  • Oatmeal Cookies with Apple and Cinnamon
  • Fried Apple Fritters
  • Croissant Apple Pie Bites
  • Apple Pie Bread with Cinnamon
  • Apple Pie Cupcakes
  • Baked Apple Cider Donuts 
  • Apple Cider Donut Muffins

We also love Gala, Fuji and Empire apples. We just can’t get enough.

The orchards at Stuarts Fruit Farm are long and abundant.
Hudson Valley Apple Picking

What are your favorite varieties and what do you like to make with them?

And don’t get me started on Warm Apple Cider and Apple Cider donuts!  YUM!

Apple picking is so much fun for the whole entire family!

The apples are delicious, the scenery is beautiful and it’s a wonderful way of creating lasting memories with your family.

Make sure you are well prepared so you can have the best apple picking trip yet!

More Things to do during Hudson Valley Apple Picking Season:




Until the Next Adventure…

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