By Aimee Serafin
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

 

Rome Beauty, Winesap, Supreme Gold, and Sunshine are not branding names of local rap artists. They are the names of apple varieties grown at Bryon’s Apple Orchard. Bryson’s Apple Orchard is situated in the beautiful Long Creek area of the Blue Ridge Mountains located in Mountain Rest, SC., and within fifteen miles from Oconee State Park. At a drive under three hours from Augusta, it is an ideal day trip for any family in need of some fall adventure.

The apple sale stand (opened August 15) continues through mid-October, with U-Pick options that are perfect for children of any age. There are many seasonal products to enjoy including the farm’s own pressed cider (samples on site), a wide selection of jams/jellies and jars of the farm bees’ honey. Within a short distance of the farm there are hiking trails, over twenty waterfalls and the Chattooga River to explore. Keowee, Jocassee and Hartwell lakes are also part of the surrounding area attractions.

Distance: 2 hrs and 45 minutes

Visit www.brysonsappleorchard.com for hours and specific apple variety availability.

Season begins: August 15 – mid-October

1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
(864) 647-9427

 

Another apple farm close to Augusta is Chattooga Belle Farm. They have dozens of varieties of fruits produced on the farm, so there is always something to pick summer through fall. Traditional orchards include apples and peaches, muscadines, scuppernongs, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Exotic orchards are lined with persimmon trees, paw paws, Asian pears and figs. Apple varieties include Liberty, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Gale Gala, Ginger, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Fuji, Crimson Crisp, Grimes Golden, Hardy Cumberland, Gold Rush, Caudle Cameo, Royal Gala and more. Grass-fed beef is available on site at the Chattooga Belle Farm store, open 9 -5, seven days a week. Pricing for specialty meat cuts such as short ribs, sirloin, ribeye and filet mignon range from $4.50 to $18.50. The farm also produces seven types of wine made from farm fruits. In addition to local produce and beef, the scenic setting with its rolling hills and mountainous peaks makes it a perfect location for weddings. For Augusta families who have grown children entering the land of wedding lists, a family trip to Chattooga Belle Farms might afford you the option of apple picking and event planning at the same time.

Distance: 2 hrs and 45 minutes

Visit www.chattoogabellefarm.com for hours and specific apple variety availability.

Season begins: Aug. 3 – November

454 Damascus Church Rd
Long Creek, SC 29658
(864) 647-9768

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.