Nothing says fall in Southern California more than fresh apples and apple picking! With that comes many other fun fall activities…and treats! There’s so much to do, see and taste this time of year, you can make your apple picking trip a family fun day.
If you’re not sure where to go, check out our list of locations of apple picking orchards in Southern California where you’re bound to find plenty of fall favorites.
Snowline Orchard and Winery
Snowline Orchard and Winery is rich in history as its roots date back to 1898. When you visit the location on Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa, you will see the orchard’s original packing shed, historic cider mill, and ancient chestnut tree.
This makes for the perfect backdrop for any fall family photos. Snowline Orchard boasts over 44 different varieties of apples as well as its homemade apple cider that comes in three flavors. Don’t forget its now famous apple cider donuts!
You can also find artisan balsamicvinegar and oils as well as locally made honey. Besides the apples and other products, Snowline Orchard and Winery also has raspberry picking available during the late summer and early fall.
While you’re visiting be sure to stop by the tasting room to sample various wines and hard ciders. Buy a bottle and share it with friends in the picnic area that is also on the grounds. Snowline Orchard and Winery is open seven days a week.
Willowbrook Apple Farm
If you’re looking for a day of fall fun with apple picking, hayrides, and even pressing apple cider, then you need to make a trip to Willowbrook Apple Farm. The farm has been in business for 14 years and is located on Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa. Here you will find apples ripe for the picking as you visit with some small farm animals.
You can take the family on a tractor ride on the farm and actually make your own apple cider.
During the fall months take home a basket of freshly picked raspberries and blackberries as well. Visit the store on the farm for other goodies like home-made cinnamon apple chips or a fresh-dipped caramel apple! Willowbrook Apple Farm is open weekends during the fall from 10a.m.-4p.m. It’s always best to check the website for varying hours due to the availability of apples.
Riley’s Apple Farm
Riley’s Apple Farm on S. Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa offers a variety of fun fall activities for the entire family. You can start your day pumpkin and apple picking and then move on to pressing your own apple cider to take home.
On the weekends, there are also activities like hayrides, archery, tomahawk, and knife throwing. With so much to do on the farm, you’ll want to set aside a good afternoon so that you can fit everything in.
You also won’t go hungry with barbecued apple chicken sausage, apple pie, ice cream and other food available at the snack bar. You’ll also want to try a fresh hoecake, which is a cornmeal pancake with a topping.
Riley’s Apple Farm is open on the weekend from 10a.m.-4p.m.
With so many different farms to visit in Southern California, you can make more than one stop this fall to see what each one has to offer.
Moms Country Orchards
Moms Country Orchards can be found on Oak Glen Road in the apple growing community of Oak Glen which is at 5000 feet elevation in the San Bernardino Mountains. You can’t pick your own apples here (bummer!), but you can find an amazing selection of apples with a variety of different types of pesticide-free apples.
There are also many other treats that draw crowds from near and far. The cute store on the premise offers seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as jams, jellies, honey, nut butters, pickled products, and teas.
While it may look small on the outside, there is so much goodness packed inside that you’ll spend plenty of time deciding what to take home. Moms Country Orchards is open seven days a week.