The Orchard at Altapass
The Orchard at Altapass • Celebrating over one hundred years! The Historic Orchard at Altapass is an 104-year-old apple orchard that is also an award-winning Appalachian Cultural Center celebrating the people, music, art, and natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains in North Carolina. Built by the Clinchfield Railroad in 1908, the Orchard sits right on the Parkway providing some of the most amazing scenery on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Family fun by the bushels! While you tap your toes to our authentic mountain music, our talented staff serves up fabulous ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can watch the entire lifecycle of Monarch Butterflies at our Butterfly Conservation Center as well as thousands of our busy tree pollinators in the the Orchard beehive.
The Orchard Food Wagon, offering delicious sandwiches and snacks, is open May to mid-September, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30-4:30. Mid-September through October, Fridays are added to the schedule. Watch here for exact dates and times. Come and enjoy!
Shop ’til you drop or relax on an Orchard hayride! After a trip around the dance floor, take a look at our local mountain art, jams, jellies, sauces, sweets, gifts, and more! Individuals, families, and large or small tour groups are all invited to take Orchard hayrides where you gaze out at the picture-perfect views while listening to stories that have shaped our area for centuries. Oh, and don’t forget the apples!
The History of The Orchard at Altapass is long and fascinating. Our trees grow right along the crest of the Blue Ridge, the Eastern Continental Divide. The gap on the east side, McKinney Gap, is the lowest passage through the Blue Ridge for a hundred miles. Two rivers, the North Toe to the north and the North Fork of the Catawba to the south lie close beneath McKinney Gap on either side of the Divide. Geography has determined the history of the Orchard…. Read More
The Altapass Foundation was established in August of 2002 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 provide education to the public about the Appalachian experience
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