Apple Picking: Just Hours from Ventura County and Great Weekend Trips

Little girl holding a basket full of apples

Apple Picking & Orchards In and Around Ventura County

Fall is such a wonderful season! The cooler, crisp morning air, oversized sweaters, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, fall festivals, pies, cozy socks and cider! And don’t forget the fun of going to the different apple orchards for apple picking!

Many families enjoy the fall tradition of visiting an apple orchard and picking their own apples. So, we have rounded up a huge list of apple orchards in and around Ventura County to pick apples.

While some orchards may be a bit of a trek – it will definitely create lasting memories for years to come with you and your family!

Be sure to call before you make the drive to one of these apple orchards so you know what’s available!

Top 5 Tips For Apple Picking In Southern California

  • The best time to go apple picking is to go during the week. That’s because it’s less crowded than on weekends when everyone decides to go.
  • The weather at these apple farms can be unpredictable so bring layers to adjust accordingly. Also, bring some sunscreen!
  • Bring your own reusable bags to take home all your fresh apples that you’ve picked!
  • Bring some picnic items because you might find the perfect picnic spot to enjoy the scenes.
  • Buy some fresh apple pies if you can for a later feast – they actually freeze well!

Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Where to View Fall Foliage + Colors!


15315 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Apple Picking available for groups of 20 or more.  We take you on a tour of the Farm and give an educational lesson and a day out in the sunshine Picking Apples.

Reservations are required. Please Contact Pam to Schedule your Class Room Field Trip and for more information. Email Pam at

Cost: $7.00 Per Child and $7.00 Per Adult with a 20 Child Minimum.


19042 Cherry Ln, Tehachapi, CA 93561

You pick/we pick. In other words, you can bring your family and friends and enjoy the apple picking experience first hand. Or if you prefer, we pick ‘em for you. While you’re here, visit our store (well it’s really a barn).  We have baked goodies, jams and jellies, butters, apple chips, gifts and crafts, apple peelers and much, much more!!

HOURS 9am-3pm. Cash only.  Please bring bags or boxes for apple picking.

39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399

We offer seasonal fruit picking. Before you go, check-in at our U-pick Tent (on the north side of the farm) or in the Tent Store for orchard information. Depending on your visiting time, different orchards will be available.  Check out the “Know-before you-Go” page for great information to plan your trip.

Reservations are not required to visit the ranch. There is NO Parking Fee or Admission Fee.

12261 S. Oak Glen Road Oak Glen, California 92399

Oak Glen is famous for its apples, and we’re proud to have one of the largest orchards in The Glen.We also support a large assortment of apples, with over 30 varieties. We have trees that are over a hundred years old, planted by the original Oak Glen family, and we have trees less than a year old. Every year we  plant new trees to restore old orchards that have been forgotten or damaged.

As always U-Pick Fruit is available “while it lasts.”  Check in at the
general store for your picking baskets first.

12131 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen, CA 92399

Join our farmers in Stone Soup Farm’s regenerative heirloom orchard to learn how and why we are integrating permaculture design with crop production. We will tour our flower lanes, kitchen garden, and 130 year old orchard while enjoying the abundance of the fall season. Tours run 15-20 minutes and conclude with apple picking at your leisure. Our farm provides bags for you. 

Pick your own apples are not included with admission cost. If you wish to pick, apples are $3.75 per pound. Weigh and pay at our farm shop. 

Reservations required. Orchard Tour Timings: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00

12099 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen, CA 92399

The apple trees on Willowbrook Apple Farm were planted in 1910 and have been lovingly cared for by generations of family farmers.  We invite you to come experience u-pick apples and u-press apple cider this fall at Willowbrook Apple Farm and savor just how amazing our Stayman-Winesap apples are fresh off the tree.

Check website for when apples are ready for picking.


Before making plans and taking the drive, PLEASE check availability, times, and cost as things may have changed.

1055 Julian Orchards Drive Julian CA 92036

We are a U-Pick apple orchard where for only $15 you can pick a “half peck of apples” which is about 5 pounds and spend a fabulous afternoon in our beautiful mountain orchard and charming gold-rush era town – Julian, California. Our apples are pesticide free and all natural – they have never been sprayed. Our soil has not been contaminated with pesticides or weed killers either. The apples are not perfect like store apples – ours are pesticide free and have never been sprayed, so there may be spots or tiny holes. In addition to taking home your apples, you get apple facts, a tour of the orchard, and your own free apple cider making and tasting experience for groups of 20 or more bags picked.


2952 Carson Rd #1, Placerville, CA 95667

The Apple Hill Area is a Wonderful Year Round Destination. Apple Hill is Situated in the Greater Placerville Region; Located Alongside Highway 50 Between the Vibrant California State Capital of Sacramento and World Renowned Lake Tahoe.

Check website for when apples are ready to pick.

209 Farmer Road Julian CA 92036

 Nestled in the beautiful mountain town of Julian, California!
This is the fifth s
eason for U-Pick at Crosscut Farm and Orchard. We are truly a mom-and-pop operation! As a family friendly farm, we hope to make your experience fun and enjoyable.

Reservation Times:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cider Pressing Demonstrations at 10:30, 1:30, 3:30

Fall Farm Tour Pricing Details:
$5 per person entrance fee for everyone in the group age 4 – adult.
Kids 3 and under are free to accompany a paying adult
Fee includes:
– apple cider pressing demonstration
– short introduction to apple farming
– parking
– picnic site

$5 per person entrance fee for everyone in the group age 4 – adult.
Kids 3 and under are free to accompany a paying adult

55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076

Pik-Yor-Self  Strawberries, Olallie berries, Boysenberries, and Apples are available in our Pik-Yor-Self program. Experience the most fun part of growing fruits, here at the Ranch! Combined with fresh air, sunshine and a little sweat, it’s a whole lot of fun for the kids and the entire family. Don’t forget your camera.

Call for our opening dates and prepare for a fun day of picking delicious fruit. Bring your own containers or let us provide boxes for a small fee.

When everyone’s ready for lunch, picnic behind our sales barn and let the kids play.

 Opens September 16, 2023.

2899 See Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Did you know there are thousands of apple varieties? We have tried hundreds of them here at Gopher Glen and kept 65 of the top ones for our customers to enjoy. We also grow many other old-fashioned varieties such as Rhode Island Greening, Skinner, Missouri Pippins, three Limbertwigs and other uncommon varieties not mentioned on our list.

We have multiple harvests of each apple variety and may run out between harvests. Please call the fruit stand (805) 595-2646 before making the drive for a specific variety. Our apple availability often changes hour by hour!

4444 State Hwy 78 Julian/Wynola CA 92036

Julian Mining Co. still offers U-Pick apples but specializes in gold panning, gem mining and other old fashioned activities for families and school field trips.

6455 Monte Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Come enjoy the beautiful 44 acre certified organic apple orchard and pick your very own fresh apples right from the trees!

Open Firday-Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
U-Pick Apple Season is September through the end of November

CCOF Certified Organic U-Pick Apples, Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs.

1284 Julian Orchards Drive Julian CA 92036

Volcan Valley Apple Farm is a family-owned & operated U-Pick apple orchard. Come wander our 10 acre orchard with over 8,000 trellis-grown apple trees. We’ve cultivated many varieties that ripen in reds, greens, and yellow!

2023 Apple U-Pick Begins: Friday, September 8

Apple picking of our many varieties will open the weekend AFTER Labor Day this year. Picking only lasts as long as we have apples (roughly 4-6 weeks)!

Friday, Saturday and Sundays
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

$5 – admission per person
$15 – each apple bag*
FREE – children 5 yrs & under


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    • Hello! Apples & Art Orchard does not use pesticides. It doesn’t say they’re organic but it does specify they don’t use pesticide. And SLO Creek Farm is certified organic.


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