The Historic Orchard at Altapass


10 to 5 Wednesday-Sunday
through October 30
Welcome to the Orchard at Altapass, one of the most visited locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is a non-profit organization, and for over a quarter-century, we have diligently worked to "save the good stuff"—the regional traditions, culture, and the land on which all was built. We accomplish that by propagating the best heirloom apples possible (with the least amount of chemicals), creating a pollinator friendly environment, and hosting activities for all ages that educate and entertain.

We invite you to come for a visit, but please don't leave without a walk through the apple forest (no matter the season). Bring your appetites for the hot apple pie with hand-scooped ice cream. And check out the Apple Core Grill, now open Wednesday-Sunday. On weekends, sit a spell in our newly renovated pavilion and listen to some old time live music or dance a lick. In season, pick your own apples or purchase them from our Apple Shed (located behind the red barn on the "lower" level). And "heyrides" are back.
Return to a simpler time for an hour or an afternoon at the family- (and pet-) friendly Orchard at Altapass.



Orchard General Store






Music In The Pavilion

Saturday ~ Sunday
3-4:30 PM*

Oct 1~ Ash Devine
Oct 2 ~ Scatterlings
Oct 8 ~ Never Too Late
Oct 9 ~ Highland Highlights
Oct 15 ~ Dollar Brothers
Oct 16 ~ Rewind GoodTimz
Oct 22 ~ Slight Departure
Oct 23 ~ Seth & Sara
Oct 29 ~ Homegrown
Oct 30 ~ Sam McKinney

Check out our events calendar

All free  All welcome
*special times listed
Events at the Orchard







In 2011, TED Talks asked Bill Carson to tell his story—how he became involved with apples, traditional music, and the preservation of a culture and heritage of the Altapass region along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Covid-19 Update

Even though it's summer in the mountains, and we all hope for a pandemic-free summer, a risk of exposure to COVID-19 still exists in any public place where public interaction happens. By visiting the Orchard at Altapass, you are voluntarily assuming any risk related to exposure to the virus. We encourage social interaction. Masks are no longer required, but if you are unsure as to your safety, please feel comfortable wearing a mask. Your well-being is important to us.

The Orchard Foundation is not responsible for the conduct, safety, or well-being of unsupervised minors.


Our Mission

The mission of the Altapass Foundation, Inc. is to preserve the history, heritage and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains; protect the underlying orchard land with its apples, wetlands, butterflies, and other natural features; and educate the public about the Appalachian experience.

Altapass Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit and depends on the generosity of donors to fund programs that support this mission.


The Orchard at Altapass is private property. Although we welcome all visitors, if you are interested in using the property/facility during regular open or off hours, all requests must be preapproved by administrative management. This includes but is not limited to photographers, artists, and other gatherings involving one or more persons.

Inquiries should be made to at least two (2) weeks before the proposed scheduled event. Written permission will be emailed back and  must be available during the event.

The Orchard at Altapass assumes no responsibility for any person(s) using the Orchard at Altapass property/facility without written permission by authorized administrative management.

NOT permitted on Orchard property at any time.

  • Hunting
  • Uprooting ANY plant life
  • Driving unauthorized vehicles on Orchard property.

Trespassing is punishable by jail and/or fines. Violators will be prosecuted. 

While you're visiting us, take a beautiful and relaxing hike through our many Orchard Trails and unwind!

Altapass Foundation Sponsors & Partners


1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)



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