Apple Hill is in Placerville, California. It is basically vast fields of land that are all home to acres and acres of apple orchards and farmers. If you are an apple picker, cider drinker, pumpkin patch goer or fall festival lover, it is must visit while in California in the summer time.
Before you head there…grab a map! You can find them online or at different farms and orchards on the way. This will tell you where to find all the different stops that are available and what you will find at each spot.
You can stroll through them all or head straight to the one you are looking for. There are a few I recommend, depending on what you are looking for.
Lets start with the biggest, and most popular. Or at least the most crowded:
High Hill Ranch
Apple Ridge has everything you are looking for in one location. Food, activities, pumpkin picking, hay rides and more. If you can only stop by one, this would be it. It is also the one you will most likely spend the most time at.
For food they have everything from actual meals to sweet treats. They have their own small market overflowing with apples and their own goods. They also have a candy/bake shop with all kinds of chocolate covered goodies, candy apples, candy and baked good. If you go for the stew or candy apple you MUST try the doughnuts! They are amazing, and so it the frozen apple cider.
If you are looking for a pumpkin patch you can also find it here. Browse around and buy a pumpkin to carve or just get your fall photos.
As far as activities go, buy a ticket to take a hay ride! Or, you can also fish in their “pond.” Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own fishing supplies, you can rent anything from their small bait and tackle shop.
Apple Ridge Farm
Apple Ridge is quaint farm that also has a good amount to do. They have a festive fall gift shop, tents with different vendors selling nick-knacks, food stands and a couple of trails you can take that will lead you through the forests or around their tree farm.
Check out the photo ops for the kids (or the adults who pretend to not be grown-up yet), the small petting zoo they have and the gold mine.
Apple Pantry Farm
This one is great for a quick stop! And makes the list because of their amazing jams and pies. Stop in to a try a sample. They also have pony rides for the kids, face painting, and apple picking in the right season.
ALL THE FARMS!
I have only been to a handful of farms, but my suggestions is that if you are going, even for just a day, head to as many as possible. Depending on the season you go will depend on which ones are open and what they may have at that time.
Look for berry picking, hay rides, corn mazes and all the DELICIOUS foods all around apple hill. Be sure to grab a map before you go, and remember that some places only take cash!