New Fall Tradition Alert: Apple Picking at These Dog-Friendly Orchards

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New Fall Tradition Alert: Apple Picking at These Dog-Friendly Orchards

We already know your dog is the apple of your eye—but have you ever considered going apple picking with your pup? For pup parents looking for pet-friendly fall activities, a trip to a dog-friendly apple picking orchard checks all those seasonal boxes. They’ll get a day of fresh air, new smells and a spot to stretch their legs. You’ll get a fresh-picked tasty treat—a bag of your own apples—to take home, along with great memories and more than a few Insta-worthy snaps.

We searched the country for dog-friendly apple orchards with tons of extra perks for both pets and their parents. These 10 u-pick apple orchards welcome your pooch—and even provide fun pet-friendly activities at their apple farm so you can plan a full afternoon out with your dog. So, pack your dog’s to-go bag, head out apple picking at an orchard near you, and be ready to break out your family's favorite apple pie recipe when you’re back home. Just be sure you know and follow the pet policies at your orchard of choice. Always keep your dog on a leash and don’t forget the poop bags to clean up after your pup!

Bushels and Pecks, Explained

Wondering “What even is a bushel or a peck, anyway?” You’re not alone. Use this handy guide when choosing how many apples you want to bring home.

  • Bushel: 42-48 pounds of apples, or approximately 125 medium size apples
  • Peck: 10-14 pounds of apples, or approximately 30 medium size apples

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Deardorff Orchards

1Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard, Minnesota

Season: August - October

Cost: 1/2 peck: $12.50* | full peck: $25* (*depends on variety; earlier season apples cost less)

Located west of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the rolling hills of Waconia, Deardorff Orchards is tucked on 125 scenic acres. The apple farm grows 10 varieties and has over 3,000 apple trees. While some of the apples are used in winemaking at nearby Parley Lake Winery, most are available for gathering during u-pick apple season.

From the rustic barn dating back to 1888 to the tractor rides around the orchard (included with a purchase from either the Apple Barn or Winery), you and your pup will feel like you’ve been whisked away to enjoy the total farm experience.

For even more dog-friendly fun, head to the Winery Tasting Room in the barn where leashed dogs are allowed to join you while you sample and shop.

The Apple Barn store also features fresh local products including apple pies, pumpkins, jams, honey, produce and other gift items.

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Good news: Apples are a nutritious snack for dogs, both low on calories and high in vitamins A, C, K and more. Find out more about all the benefits of apples for dogs.


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2Cider Hill Family Orchard, Kansas

Season: July - November

Cost: Kids’ bag: $6 | peck: $12 | 1/2 bushel: $22 | full bushel: $42

Cider Hill Family Orchard is all about fun traditions for the whole family—including your pup! The farm’s 38 acres are home to 1,500 apple trees and 18 different kinds of apples.

Hitch a ride on the Apple Wagon to start your adventures. Once you and your leashed pup get dropped amid the abundance of apples, you’re welcome to spend as much time as you’d like exploring and picking the perfect peck. The orchard also has lots of goodies to treat yourself to after an afternoon in the orchard, including fall favorites like kettle corn, apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed apple cider slushes.

Pack a picnic to enjoy in the shade or buy a BBQ lunch. Your dog is welcome to join you outside, though they are not allowed in any buildings, so bring a buddy to watch them if you want to go into the Cottage Store.

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Eckert's Belleville Farm

3Eckert’s Belleville Farm, Illinois

Season: August - October

Cost: $3.49/pound (Honeycrisp apples) | $1.99/pound (all other apple varieties)

Eckert’s has been growing apples on its farms for more than 100 years and is happy to welcome furry friends at all three of its apple orchard locations. Eckert’s flagship farm in Belleville, Illinois, located right outside of St. Louis, Missouri, is the oldest dog-friendly orchard of the bunch and has over 15 varieties of apples that will get your mouth watering.

The farm also offers additional pup-friendly amenities that will have your dog’s tail wagging, too. Grab a pup custard cup from Eckert’s Frozen Custard Shop for a special treat. And for leashed dogs who love a good walk, let them stretch their legs on the Orchard Loop Trail, a scenic path near the apple orchard.

If you’re looking for even more fruit-picking fun, leashed pups are also allowed in Eckert’s peach fields. (Peach season runs from early July through late September.)

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Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard

4Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard, Massachusetts

Season: August - October

Cost: $20 (allows 3 people per bag) | 1/2 bushel: $30 (allows 5 people per bag)

If you’re looking for the best dog-friendly apple picking in Massachusetts, look no further than Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard. Your leashed dog is allowed to join you for apple picking in the picturesque orchard. Though dogs are not allowed in any buildings, you’ll find plenty of beautiful countryside to wander together.

If you’ve worked up an appetite after all your apple picking, head to the Vintner's Knoll, the outside winery dining area that has dog-friendly seating. (Be sure to reserve a dog-friendly table in advance.) You can enjoy local wine from Nashoba’s vineyard or a refreshing beer or hard cider from Bolton Beer Works, one of the top-notch local breweries.

Looking for more pet-friendly autumn activities? The orchard also hosts a fall Taste of the Maze Festival in partnership with nearby Schartner Farms where you can enjoy beer and wine tasting, cider donuts, hayrides and a dog-friendly corn maze.

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Iowa Orchard

5Iowa Orchard, Iowa

Season: September - October

Cost:1/2 peck: $18 for Honeycrisp, $12 for all other varieties | 1 peck: $30 for Honeycrisp, $20 for all other varieties | 1/2 bushel: $55 for Honeycrisp, $35 for all other varieties | 1 bushel: $100 for Honeycrisp, $60 for all other varieties

Your leashed pup will love heading out with you to pick apples at Iowa Orchard. This dog-friendly farm features fan-favorite apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady along with 10 others.

Be sure to plan enough time to slow down and take in the scenery, as your dog will enjoy an easy stroll along the shaded rows of apple trees. And if your pup is looking super cute, perhaps rocking a seasonal bandana, visit the farm’s sunflower field to snap a show-stopping Instagram pic.

If you’re hankering for some baked goods, be sure to swing by Iowa Orchard’s farm market in Urbandale where you can shop a wide variety of mouthwatering homemade pies and other apple treats. The Urbandale location also has a dog-friendly pumpkin patch which is open from late September through Halloween.

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Barton Orchard

6Barton Orchards, New York

Season: August - November

Cost: Saturday and Sunday festival weekends: $20 for a peck or $36 for a half bushel | Weekly specials: 2 pecks for $30 (Monday-Friday and non-holiday weekdays)

The apple growers at Barton Orchards clearly adore dogs—they’ve gone the extra mile for both people and pups. In addition to their 175-acre dog-friendly apple orchard, the farm has a dedicated dog park where pups are allowed to romp off-leash and make some new friends.

After an afternoon of apple picking, you can treat yourself, too. Swing by the Ice Cream Stand to order one of Barton’s famous apple cider donut sundaes or grab a bite to eat from the Farm Market. Dogs are not allowed inside the building but can join you for a picnic at the outdoor seating areas.

Barton’s on-site Tap Room does welcome pups, and you can enjoy a selection of local craft beer, wine and cider. Be sure to check out the orchard’s calendar of events for everything from live music to food trucks and a variety of annual festivals.

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B.J. Reece Orchards

7B.J. Reece Orchards, Georgia

Season: August - October

Cost: 1/2 peck: $10 | peck: $20 | 1/2 bushel: $40 | entrance fee: $2/person on weekdays, $5/person on weekends

Escape to the serenity of the north Georgia mountains at B.J. Reece Orchards. The family-owned farm grows over 20 different apple varieties so you’re sure to find a flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth or is perfect for baking into an apple pie.

Your dog can join you in the orchard to help sniff out the best apples, though they are not allowed inside the market. Bring a friend who can watch your pup if you want to pop inside—you won’t want to miss the bakery’s famed apple cider donuts and fried pies.

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Big B's Delicious Orchards

8Big B’s Delicious Orchards, Colorado

Season: July - November

Cost: Price varies based on apple variety, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 per pound

Located just outside of Paonia on Colorado’s western slope, family-owned Big B’s Delicious Orchards features 16 acres of organic orchards—and they’re dog-friendly too! The cozy orchard features great mountain views and tasty apple varieties like Fuji, Gala and Jonagold.

The orchard also has a campground, cafe, wine and cider tasting room and outdoor concert venue where you can enjoy free live music throughout the season.

For a unique overnight stay, book a night at one of the orchard’s three dog-friendly glamping tents. Or if you have an adventurous pup, pitch a tent at the campground and sleep out under the stars for a great way to end a day of apple picking.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards

9Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Oregon

Season: August - October

Cost: Price varies based on apple variety, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 per pound

Located in the famed Hood River Valley, Kiyokawa Family Orchards has been growing apples since 1911. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you for apple picking in the orchard, though they are not allowed in the Farm Stand.

In addition to the fabulous backdrop (on a clear day, you’ll have an outstanding view of Mt. Hood), the orchard grows over 100 distinct apple varieties and is the largest u-pick orchard in the valley.

Whether you’re looking for apples for a pie or just want some snacking treats, you’re certain to find a variety—or a few new ones—that delights your taste buds.

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Justus Orchard

10Justus Orchard, North Carolina

Season: August - November

Cost: 1/2 bushel - $22 | peck - $15 | 1/2 peck - $10

Justus Orchard invites you and your leashed dog to sample, mix and match from their nearly 20 apple varieties. With all these delicious options to choose from, you’ll be sure to go home with your favorite apples for eating or cooking. Dogs are allowed to join you in the orchard for your day of apple picking.

The on-site Apple House Bakery also offers pre-picked apples, honey, jams, jellies, preserves and other homemade goodies. Or if you have a sweet tooth, swing by the bakery for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider donuts, cider slushies and more.

Safety Tips for Apple Picking With Your Dog


Dog-friendly apple picking can be tons of fun for the whole family—as long as you follow a few basic rules. With a little preparation, you can ensure your trip to the orchard is a rousing success for pups and people alike.

  • Obey leash requirements and other pet policies at the orchard. Your dog may not be allowed in certain areas for food safety reasons, so be sure to check with the orchard before visiting.
  • Ensure your dog is well-behaved. Dogs should be well-socialized to be comfortable around other people and pets. Keep barking to a minimum.
  • Keep your dog leashed. Even if the orchard doesn’t specifically require it, keeping your dog on leash is a good idea. Many orchards also have farm animals or other pets who could hurt or be hurt by your dog. Be aware and keep your dog leashed to avoid any issues.
  • Bring water and a travel bowl. It’s important to keep your dog hydrated during your outing. And don’t forget water for you, too!
  • Don’t let your dog eat fallen apples. Though dogs can eat appropriately prepared apples in moderation, overripe fallen fruits may give them a tummy ache.
  • Keep an eye out for bugs. A sting from a bee or wasp could end your visit on a sour note (and potentially reroute you to your vet’s office).
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Make the Most of Your Apple Picking Adventure

Follow these tips to turn your apple picking extravaganza into an even more memorable outing

  • Dress up in seasonal sweaters or cute bandanas for A+ Instagram photos
  • Play games like tug or bring treats like a stuffed frozen Kong to entertain your dog while you pick apples.
  • Bring a small wagon for pups or elder dogs who might get tired while you’re strolling through the orchard. Bonus tip: The wagon also makes a great prop for photos!
  • Invite your pup’s bestie for an apple-picking playdate and pack a picnic to enjoy after!
  • Find some recipes for dog-friendly apple treats like this frozen apple pie to bake for your dog when you return home.

Dog-friendly Apple Picking Orchards Near You

When autumn rolls around, find the best dog-friendly apple picking near you and get picking! Note that most u-pick apple seasons run from July/August through October/November, though the specific dates will vary by location and the timing of each annual crop. Call ahead or visit the orchard’s website for more information, and be sure you’re aware of their pet policies prior to visiting.
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Orchard
Address
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Alabama

Address

24012 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613

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Alabama

Address

16045 County Road 29, Jemison, AL 35085

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Arizona

Address

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142

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California

Address

1284 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian, CA 92036

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California

Address

39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA, 92399

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Colorado

Address

1190 1st St, Penrose, CO 81240

State

Georgia

Address

3379 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, Georgia 30540

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Idaho

Address

2087 W King Rd, Kuna, ID 83634

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Illinois

Address

740 State Route 40, Speer, IL 61479

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Illinois

Address

4317 North Texas Road, Elmwood, IL 61529

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Illinois

Address

20995 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, IL 62037

State

Indiana

Address

369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville, IN 46158

State

Iowa

Address

1102 244th St, Jefferson, IA 50129

State

Kansas

Address

11249 SW 160th St, Rose Hill, KS 67133

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Kentucky

Address

1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

State

Maine

Address

1625 Main Street, Kents Hill, ME 04349

State

Maine

Orchard

Apple Acres

Address

363 Durgintown Rd, Hiram, ME 04041

State

Maine

Address

8 Whitney Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021

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Massachusetts

Orchard

Doe Orchards

Address

327 Ayer Rd, Harvard, MA 01451

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Massachusetts

Address

340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420

State

Michigan

Address

11025 S Jackson Rd, Cement City, MI 49233

State

Michigan

Address

1431 Duffield Rd, Flushing, MI 48433

State

Michigan

Address

10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Minnesota

Address

6428 Manning Avenue, Stillwater, MN 55082

State

Minnesota

Address

13835 51st Ave, South Haven, MN 55382

State

Minnesota

Address

345 County Road 30 SE, Montrose, MN 55363

State

Minnesota

Address

30069 State Hwy 210, Aitkin, MN 56431

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Missouri

Address

16300 Wilkerson Rd, Weston, MO 64098

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Missouri

Address

10455 N Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079

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Nebraska

Address

7460 West 100th Street, Kearney, NE 68845

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Nebraska

Address

5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

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Nevada

Address

7425 Franktown Road, Washoe Valley, NV 89704

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New Hampshire

Address

20 Orchard Way, Lee, NH 03861

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New Hampshire

Address

133 Exeter Road (Rt. 88), Hampton Falls, NH 03844

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New Jersey

Address

1564 Commissioners Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

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New Mexico

Address

236 Cottonwood Canyon Road, La Luz, NM 88337

State

New York

Address

45 Ball Rd, Warwick, NY 10990

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New York

Address

699 State Route 208, Gardiner, NY 12525

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New York

Address

2187 State Route 32, Modena, NY 12548

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New York

Address

3012 State Route 213, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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North Carolina

Address

3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731

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North Carolina

Address

1025 Orchard Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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North Carolina

Address

771 NC-150, Reidsville, NC 27320

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North Carolina

Address

280 Bent Arrow Ln, Hendersonville, NC, 28792

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Ohio

Address

9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062

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Ohio

Address

4749 Dibble Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004

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Ohio

Address

5895 Johnstown Utica Rd NE, Utica, OH 43080

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Oregon

Address

5650 Lardon Road NE, Salem, OR 97305

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Oregon

Address

6670 Trout Creek Ridge Rd, Mt Hood, OR 97041

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Pennsylvania

Address

97 Styers Ln, Langhorne, PA 19047

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Pennsylvania

Address

110 Ducktown Rd, Hellam Township, PA 17406

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South Carolina

Address

1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

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South Carolina

Address

454 Damascus Church Rd, Long Creek, SC 29658

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South Dakota

Address

25789 480th Ave., Brandon, SD 57005

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Tennessee

Address

631 Beckwith Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

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Tennessee

Address

956 Wheeler Rd, Dunlap, TN 37327

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Utah

Address

627 S. Alpine Hwy, Alpine, UT 84004

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Vermont

Address

2615 Mad Tom Road, East Dorset, VT 05253

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Virginia

Orchard

Hollin Farms

Address

1524 Snowden Road, Delaplane, VA 20144

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Virginia

Address

1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA 22611

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Washington

Address

11901 Zier Rd, Yakima, WA 98908

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Washington

Orchard

Sm'Apples

Address

1197 Willeys Lake Road, Ferndale, WA 98248

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Washington

Orchard

Skipley Farm

Address

7228 Skipley Rd., Snohomish, WA 98290

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Wisconsin

Address

8079 Maurer Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528

State

Wisconsin

Address

9197 State Hwy 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212

There you have it—everything you need to know to turn dog-friendly apple picking into an annual autumn tradition. Happy picking!

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