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WALKING TRAILS

The Eric L. Gressel Memorial Trails

In early 2012, Bill and Judy Carson gathered a team of experts in trail building, graphic design, and the natural and cultural history of the Orchard at Altapass. Together they designed a new trail network that would wind through the rows of apple trees and adjacent mountain cove forest overlooking the “high pass” for which Altapass was named. The project was made possible by generous funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, a matching grant from Progress Energy, and contributions in memory of Eric L. Gressel, a long-time Orchard volunteer. Dubbed “A Guided Nature Walk through History,” the trail network provides a self-guided walking tour through the property using trail maps and strategically placed trail signs to highlight the agricultural, natural, and historical significance of this unique Blue Ridge destination.

Trails are open year-round.* Please check with the Blue Ridge Parkway site for Parkway closure updates.
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Trail Guidelines

Visitor Behavior: All visitors are expected to act with respect and courtesy as permitted guests on private land. Please do not enter restricted barn area behind the red barn. Open year round, please look and enjoy!

NO climbing on Orchard equipment

NO collecting or picking (except apples, with purchase of bag)


NO ladders or tree climbing allowed

NO horses, bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed

NO hunting

Please stay on the trails. Remember this is a working orchard.

Pets must be on leashes (Please pick up after your pet.)

* All trails are open to the public year round. Please restrict your walking to the main trails when Orchard is closed for the season or it is before/after open hours. Please download or refer to the map at the trail head for locations/markers for main trails. Thanks.

View or download our Trails Brochure 

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In addition to the trail itself and the fun walking into a simpler time, the Orchard partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks to provide nature activity brochures for visiting children all year round.

Fun Kids in Parks Adventure brochures to download, print and bring to The Orchard for your visit.
(click the images to view/print/download)

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ADDRESSES

ADDRESS:
1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)

PHONE:
828-765-9531
TOLL-FREE:
888-765-9531

EMAIL:
information@altapassorchard.org

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2020 HOURS

SPECIAL HOURS

Thru NOV 1
Thursday-Sunday
10 AM to 5 PM
(Currently no live music)

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