The Historic Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard is closed for the season

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're seasonal, open from May through October. We hope you'll drop by this coming spring, visit the general store, take a walk through the fields, watch the barnswallows prepare to welcome new family members, sit a spell on the back deck, at one of our picnic tables or just hang out in the pavilion to view the pristine historic region.

Return to a simpler time for an hour or an afternoon at the family- (and pet-) friendly Orchard at Altapass.

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Last year we invited our young visitors to "plant a tiny tree" in our Clinchfield model Railroad field. Over 150 families, schools, and kids joined in to make our tiny orchard flourish. See if you recognize someone.
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APPLES

Orchard General Store

GENERAL STORE

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U-PICK

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MUSIC ~ MUSIC

Music In The Pavilion

Begins in May 2023
Events at the Orchard

EVENTS AT THE O

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"HEYRIDES"

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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

SAVING THE GOOD STUFF

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.

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.

Preserve
Protect
Educate

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 information@altapassorchard.org 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. Any visitor to the Orchard at Altapss assumes all risk and agrees that the Orchard will not be held responsible for any accident, injury, or illness occurring on the premises.

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. We reserve the right to inspect bags, strollers, backpacks, etc. if theft has been suspected.


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

Altapass Foundation Sponsors & Partners

CONTACT

ADDRESS:
1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)

PHONE:
828-765-9531
TOLL-FREE:
888-765-9531
STORE:
828-467-4282

EMAIL:
information@altapassorchard.org

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HOURS

CLOSED FOR SEASON

REOPEN MAY 2023

Please Help!

The Orchard General Fund
$24,803.00 Raised: $30,000.00 Goal:
$
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