There’s nothing better in fall than apple picking in Maryland.  And unlike last year, 2021 looks like a promising season for apple picking at the many apple orchards in Maryland, with most orchards opening the last weekend of August 2021!

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So if you want to pick I’d hurry and go, keep scrolling for all the best apple orchards in Maryland!

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When Can You Pick Apples in Maryland and the Washington DC Region

Apple picking season in Maryland and DC picks up right when peach picking season ends at the end of August. 

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You can expect apple picking in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia to start right around Labor Day weekend, which is when we went.  

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Apple Varieties Available for Picking in Maryland Near Washington DC

What kind of apples can you pick in Maryland near DC? 

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There is a large variety of  apples available for pick your own in farms and apple orchards throughout Maryland, just a quick drive from Washington DC. 

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We chose specifically to go in early September because we love Honeycrisp apples and that’s when they are ripe for picking.  

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We actually discovered a new variety that we love as well, Crimson Crisps!  These apples are sweet and extra crunchy!

Pretty much every variety of apple you can think of is available for picking at various farms and orchards around Maryland and DC, here are some:

Apples you can pick in September in Maryland:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Crimson Crisp
  • Blondee
  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Jonagold
  • Shizuka
  • Cammi
  • Galarina
  • Pink Lady
  • Cameo
  • Autumn Crisp
  • Macoun
  • Jonathon
  • Golden Delicious
  • Red Delicious
  • Grimes Golden
  • Empire
  • Melrose

 

Apples you can Pick in October in Maryland:

  • Hudson’s Golden Gem
  • Cameo
  • Keepsake
  • Smokehouse
  • Rome
  • Ida Red
  • Wine Crisp
  • Granny Smith
  • Mutsu
  • Pink Lady
  • York
  • Goldrush
  • EverCrisp
  • CandyCrisp
  • Enterprise
  • Florina Querina
  • Suncrisp
  • Winesap
  • Gold Rush
  • Fuji

Waters Orchard Pick Your Own Apples Maryland

Waters is a lovely apple orchard in Maryland that also has a cidery!  We specifically picked this Maryland apple orchard because they had Honeycrisp apples available for picking.  A few other orchards have Honeycrisps too, but they were out the weekend we went.

waters orchard

At Waters Orchard in Maryland, the attendant introduced a new apple variety to us as well, the Crimson Crisp apple.  The Crimson Crisp apple is super crunchy just a bit tart and stores really well. Just my kind of apple.

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The reason we love Honeycrisp apples is that they are crunchy and never get that sandy mealy texture that Red Delicious tends to get. Crimson Crisps are very similar that way, and even crunchier than the Honeycrisps!  

After having our fill of picking apples we stopped by Waters Cidery down the road from the orchard. 

doc waters cidery

Doc Waters Cidery has delicious ciders both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and with or without bubbles.  They even have cider slushies.  

We ended up with a bubbly grapefruit cider and 2 cider slushies (one non-alcoholic for the little one).  All were delicious and refreshing on a hot day after apple picking.  

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The cidery offers plenty of seating and an outdoor fire pit for you to roast your own hot dog (they sell the hot dogs).  They have a limited variety of snack foods, but you can bring your own (we did).

  • Call before you go to see what’s in ripe for picking that day:  301-253-4956
  • Apple picking available Friday to Sunday by reservation:  Reserve HERE
  • Location:  22711 Wildcat Rd, Germantown, MD 20876
  • Pick your own pricing:
    • Half Peck ~5-6lbs.  ………..$17 (includes up to 2 guest entries)
    • Peck ~11-12lbs. …………….$27 (includes up to 4 guest entries)
    • Half Bushel ~20-24lbs. ……$45 (includes up to 6 guest entries)

 

Butler’s Orchard Apple Picking in Maryland

Butler’s Orchard has been one of our favorite day trips throughout this summer.  We’ve gone strawberry picking, blueberry picking, and flower picking here. They even have a sunflower field, little animal farm, and giant slides.

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We have not been to this Maryland farm specifically for apple picking, but I’ve seen the orchards and they are gorgeous.  

butlers orchard

If you have time you can actually go to Waters Orchard and Butler’s in one day.  They are right next to each other!

  • Apple picking available Early September through mid-October
  • Call before you go for picking availability:  301-428-0444
  • Location:  22222 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, MD 20876
  • $3 per person entrance fee, free for children under 24 months
  • Currently picking Galas at $2.09 per pound

For 2021 Butler’s Orchard requires online pre-purchase of tickets for pick your own, get tickets here.  Their opening weekend for apple picking is September 4, 2021.

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Rock Hill Orchard Apple Picking in Maryland

Rock Hill Orchard is another one of our favorites for pick your own in the DC area with 30 acres of apple and peach orchard! 

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We’ve been here for peach picking and flower picking!

rock hill orchard

They have the prettiest wildflower fields for picking in the DC area!

rock hill orchard

rock hill orchard flower field

With over 30 varieties of apples and several thousand trees, including 3,000 new high-density apple trees (these trees don’t require a ladder for picking), there’s definitely plenty of apples to pick here. 

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I’m excited to try the Evercrips which Rock Hill describes as “Packing a loud crunch, the apple combines the best of its parents HoneyCrisp and Fuji.” I’ve not seen this variety listed at any of the other orchards! 

And did I mention Rock Hill Orchard is a creamery also? 

They serve up some of the best homemade ice creams in the DC area on par with Rocky Point Creamery

We tried strawberry, black raspberry, and chocolate.  While all were delicious, dark chocolate stood out as the best chocolate ice cream outside of the chocolate gelato I’ve had in Italy!  None of the gelato places in DC are anywhere as good as this!

  • Apple Picking – Opens Sunday September 5, 2021.  Then Fridays, Saturday and Sundays 10-4pm
  • Call before you go for picking availability:  301-831-7427
  • Location:  28600 RIDGE ROAD, MOUNT AIRY, MD 21771
  • Farm Hours:  TUES-SAT 10AM-6PM, SUN 12PM-5PM, CLOSED MONDAY
  • Pricing for Pick Your Own Apples:
    • Small Bag – $12 , includes up to 2 guests. This bag holds 5 to 6 pounds of apples
    • Medium Bag – $21 , includes up to 4 guests. This bag holds 10 to 12 pounds of apples
    • Large Bag -$34 , includes up to 6 guests. This bag holds 20 to 24 pounds of apples
    • Additional guests – $3 each
    • You must use the bags provided, not your own bags
    • All apples must fit in the bag, no carrying in hands, purses, strollers, etc.
    • A guest is anyone aged 3 years old and older who wants to enter the apple orchard

2021 Update for Rock Hill Orchard

For the 2021 apple picking season at Rock Hill Orchard you have to reserve online before arrival for Saturdays and Sundays, make a reservation here.  Reservations are optional for Friday.  Following CDC and Montgomery County guidance, they no longer require staff or visitors who are fully vaccinated to wear face masks on the farm. Those people not fully vaccinated or are still at risk of contracting an airborne virus should still wear a facemask that covers both mouth and nose when in proximity to others.

We only removed our masks briefly to snap a few pictures when no one was in our row of apples.

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Many of the apple orchards in Maryland have limited supply from the freezes in May, but we found apple picking plentiful this year for Honeycrisps at Rock Hill! And there was plenty of room to spread out.

The farm marked the rows of trees as one way only so you don’t run into people going in the other direction.  Everyone abided by the rules and that made for a very enjoyable experience in the middle of this pandemic.

 

  • Honeycrisp apples open Saturday August 29.

  • Reserve online to pick apples – Reserve Here.
  • Each person in the orchard will need to purchase a bag. 1/4 and 1/2 peck bags are available through the reservation system.

  • If you want to pick additional apples, larger bags are available for purchase at the orchard. Additional bags will be in addition to the original bags, no exchanges.

  • Each person will be given a wristband so that we can monitor how many people are on the farm at any one time.

  • Additional containers will be available for purchase in the field.

  • You MAY NOT bring your own container(s).

  •  Extra people 5 years and older not included in your reservation will not be permitted in the picking area.

  • Per Maryland Department of Agriculture, eating or sampling fruit in the picking area is not permitted.

  • One hour plus transition time is allocated for your picking reservation. If you arrive after your scheduled time, you will be able to pick until the end of your scheduled time.

  • It is the policy of our farm that everyone 5 years and older where a face covering that covers mouth and nose if they are outside a Designated Eating Area.  We will have packs of disposable masks available for purchase if you do not bring your own.

  • “Do Not Pick if You Are Sick”. If you or someone in your party is experiencing any symptoms of illness please stay home.

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Larriland Farm Apple Picking

I’ve not been to Larriland Farm and found it because I was googling where to pick Honeycrisps in Maryland.  Larriland Farm came up but they were all out of Honeycrisps for picking the day we went.  

But my friends went here for peach picking and grape picking.  They said the grapes were amazing! Larriland Farm is also the only one I’ve found that have ASIAN PEARS available for picking!

  • Location:  2415 Woodbine Road | Woodbine, MD 21797
  • Call before you go to to see what’s available for picking:  410-442-2605 or 301-854-6110 or click here for the list.
  • Pick your own charged by the pound
  • Hours through October:  
    • Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Mondays – closed
    • Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Labor Day, Monday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Hours for November:
    • Open through the first Sunday in November, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Monday, November 1, 2021 closed.
    • Sunday, November 7, 2021 is the last day of the 2021 season.

2021 Update for Larriland

For 2021 Larriland has placed some new policies for apple picking:

  • Pick your own crops are charged by the container, not by the pound. Drive to the field, (do not walk) following signs from the Red Barn. Purchase a new Larriland container at the field. There are several different sizes. The size of the container determines how many people may enter the field. No outside containers may be used on our farm.
  • You may only pick in fields that are open for picking. Open fields are staffed with a clerk, a check out stand, and price signs. All other fields are closed for picking.
  • To pick: follow the instructions of the clerk to pick properly ripened fruits/vegetables. Leave unripe fruits/vegetables on the plant to ripen in a few days.
  • A hat, sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing and plenty of sunscreen enhance your time in the field.
  • Children are welcome when accompanied and monitored by their parents.
  • Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted both in the field and in the Red Barn. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. ATM available in the Red Barn.
  • Larriland’s fields are for picking, not for eating.
  • Please leave your dogs/pets at home. No pets allowed on the farm except for trained service dogs.
  • The picnic area is at the Red Barn. No eating in the fields. No grills.
  • No wandering about the farm. No loitering on the farm. No drones.

Want more fall fun?  Check out this fall festival and corn maze in Maryland that’s perfect for families or go hiking for fall foliage in DC.

Homestead Farm in Poolesville Maryland

Homestead Farm in Poolesville Maryland is another great spot for apple picking!

They currently have Honeycrisp apples available for picking, and the condition for picking is excellent as of August 30, 2021.

They do require a $2 fee to pick your own apples, but no reservation is needed to pick apples.

  • Open 7 Days a Week, 9am – 5pm, rain or shine
  • Open Labor Day 9am-5pm
  • $1.99 per pound pick-your-own Honeycrisp Apples
  • Face coverings required in market by Maryland
  • For updates on what you can pick click here.

Location:  15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Catoctin Mountain Orchard is THE place for apple picking if you are looking for an orchard surrounded by mountains!  This place is so picturesque and has such a beautiful flower field as well!

catoctin mountain orchard

(My dress available here)

Pick your own apples at Catoctin Mountain Orchard is available every Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm, without a reservation.

Their apple picking season for 2021 starts August 28th, you can pick Gala, Blondee, and SummerSet apples.  Honey crisp apples are available for purchase in the market.

catoctic mountain orchard apple picking

Apple picking prices and sizes:

  • Half Peck bag : 5 to 6 lbs of apples ……..$13.00
  • Peck bag : 11 to 12 lbs of apples …………..$23.00
  • Half Bushel bag : 20 to 22 lbs of apples ..$32.00
  • Entrance Fee: $3 per person
    ( under 2 yrs. are free)
  • Includes wagon ride to and from apple field

Apple Picking Guidelines:

  • Pick Your Own Apples every Saturday and Sunday in September and October and last weekend in August.
  • Apple picking is from 10am- 3pm. Last wagon leaves at 4, those still in the apple field can pick until 3:30.
  • NO PICNICKING IN THE APPLE ORCHARD. Picnic tables are located at the playground.
  • NO walking in the orchard.
  • Before leaving home, please check back on this page or call for picking availability 301-271-2737 and hours depending on weather conditions. Catoctin reserves the right to close the Apple Orchard due to inclement weather that may include heavy rain, thunder, lightning and/or severe winds without advanced notice in order to protect our customers and employees.
  • Cash sales ONLY. ATM is available on site (Sept. & Oct.)
  • Apple varieties will change as the season progresses.
  • You must purchase your Pick Your Own bags at the check-in building located above the market on your way to the playground.
  • You will see apple signs on the building indicating the check in for pick your own apples.
  • No outside containers, bags, and backpacks are permitted inside the orchard. Please leave bags and personal items in your car.
  • There is a $3 entrance fee per person to enter the apple orchard which includes a wagon ride out to Apple field to pick. Age three and younger are free.
  • All Apples picked must fit inside the bag you purchased. You cannot carry any Apples out of the Orchard. If you do, you will have to buy an additional Bag for them.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Orchard
  • If you drop an apple or an apple falls off the tree while picking, we kindly ask you to pick it up to ensure no apple goes to waste.

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They have implemented Covid Guidelines for 2021:

  • Please wear a Face Mask while checking in and on the wagon for pick your own apples.
  • Stay 6`apart.
  • No personal containers are allowed on the farm.
  • Pick Your Own Fruits are sold by the container or bag provided, not by the pound, to reduce contact between customers and staff.
  • If you are sick, don’t pick.
  • Children are welcome when accompanied and monitored by their parents.
  • Elementary school-age and older children need to wear face masks and stay in the row with their parents.
  • All customers must listen to and follow the instructions of the staff.
  • No pets are allowed except trained service dogs. Emotional support animals are not allowed.

 And if you are looking to make a fun family day trip out of your visit, definitely head over to Winterbrook Farms for their Fall Festival, it’s just 15 minutes away – MORE INFO.

Location:  15036 North Franklinville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788

 

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