Fall in New Hampshire is quickly approaching! Soon leaves will turn vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold, and a crispness will fill the air. One of the most cherished and quintessential fall activities in this picturesque area is apple picking. With rolling hills, charming orchards, and a variety of apple varieties, the Lakes Region and surrounding area offer a delightful apple picking experience for families, couples, and friends alike. Let's explore some options!

  1. Smith Orchard, Belmont: Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of Belmont, Smith Orchard is a family-owned gem that has been welcoming apple pickers for generations. This orchard offers a wide array of apple varieties, including McIntosh, Cortland, and Honeycrisp. Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride to the orchard and indulge in cider donuts and fresh apple cider after a day of picking.

  2. Surowiec Farm, Sanbornton: Surowiec Farm is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and an assortment of apple varieties. From the classic Red Delicious to lesser-known heirloom apples, you'll find a treasure trove of options here. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the orchards, and don't forget to visit the farm stand for additional goodies.

  3. Hackleboro Orchards, Canterbury: For a rustic apple picking adventure, head to Hackleboro Orchards. With a variety of apple types and a tranquil atmosphere, this orchard invites you to unwind and enjoy the essence of fall. Savor their fresh apple cider and delectable treats at the farm store.

  4. Stone Mountain Farm, Belmont: Stone Mountain Farm features a high-density orchard which means you'll find plenty of apples here! Apples include classics like Gala, Fuji and Cortland, and special varieties like Kindercrisp, Miracle Mac and Summer Rambo among many others. The farm stand also offers fresh fruit, maple syrup and fall decorations.
  5. Meadow Ledge Farm, LoudonWith over 40 varieties of apples, everyone is sure to find a favorite apple at Meadow Ledge Farm. Take a wagon ride into the orchard, enjoy a picnic lunch and be sure to swing by the farm store for cider donuts, maple syrup, honey, jelly and so much more.

Whether you're drawn to sprawling orchards with panoramic views or charming family-owned farms, each of these destinations promises an unforgettable experience. So don your flannel, grab a basket, and embark on a delightful apple picking adventure.

Have a favorite orchard that's not on this list? Let us know in the comments!