Mountain grown peaches, grapes, apples, berries and more!

You might not realize it, but the northwestern corner of South Carolina is a mountainous region well suited to growing fruit.

Long Creek & Mountain Rest are home to hardworking fruit growers.  By mid summer they’re harvesting tree ripened peaches, blueberries, grapes and early varieties of apples.  Closer to September you’ll be able to take home lots of apples, muscadines and grapes.

For decades, 58 years to be exact, the orchard growers in Long Creek and Mountain Rest have relied on selling their apples during the annual SC Apple Festival in Westminster, SC.  As we know, its not a normal year.  We’re all affected by COVID-19.  People growing fruit and produce are especially hard hit.  Hundreds of bushels of apples will be harvested, but since the Apple Festival has been cancelled, local growers will have a harder time getting their fruit in the hands of buyers.  The will rely more than ever on word-of-mouth and drive by customers to shop their roadside markets.

That’s where you come in:

Treat yourself to locally grown fruit and products they’ve made especially for you!

Long Creek Roadside Markets and U-Pick Orchards:

ABLES ORCHARD
Hwy. 76 in Long Creek (near Humble Pie)
864-647-2201

Apples, peaches, homemade jams, jellies & caramel sauce
July 15 through early November

Photo of fruit available at Chattooga Belle Farm
Photo credit Chattooga Belle Farm Facebook page

BLUE HAVEN ORCHARDS
Hwy. 76 across from Long Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.
864-647-8070

Apples, peaches, canned goods, homemade sweets, fruit slushies
March to mid-December
Will ship apples

BRYSON’S U-PICK
1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Mountain Rest
http://www.brysonsappleorchard.com  864-647-9427
Apples & peaches, cider, jams & jellies, honey from their bees, sorghum syrup and seasonal vegetables 
U-Pick or They-Picked
August 15 – November 15

CHATTOOGA BELLE FARM
454 Damascus Church Rd., Long Creek
www.chattoogabellefarm.com  864-647-9768
Fruit, jams, wines, farm raised angus beef, specialty items and souvenir gifts
U-Pick or They-Picked seasonal fruit

Chattooga Belle Farm is a 138-acre working farm and event venue with scenic views of rolling countryside, and forest covered mountains in the distance.

  • Farm Store and U-Pick: Seven days a week 9 – 5
  • Belle’s Bistro Breakfast: Friday – Sunday 9 – 11
  • Belle’s Bistro Lunch: Thursday – Sunday 11 – 2
  • Distillery: Monday – Saturday 10 – 6 (closed Sundays)
  • Hardware Store: Monday – Saturday 8 – 6, Sunday 11 – 6

GNAT HILL ORCHARD
Wall Spring Rd. just off Hwy. 76, Long Creek
864-723-2410

Apples, blueberries, peaches, pecans and vegetables
June through mid-November

HOLLIFIELD’S ORCHARD
Hwy. 76 across from Long Creek General Store
864-638-3695

4th generation apple grower
Variety of apples, apple cider, peaches, homemade apple butter, apple cider vinegar, chow chow, relish, and honey
Seasonal hours


 

What else is there to do?

Play

photo of girls swimming at the lagoon at Woodall Shoals
Swimming at Woodall lagoon. Photo credit Chanda Morrison.

 

In Long Creek you can cool off by swimming in the Chattooga River.  Two popular places to access the river are by hiking 1/4 mile from the Bull Sluice or Woodall Shoals parking lots.

If you’re looking for a full day on the water, read our Chattooga River Rafting article.

Like to hike? Long Creek Falls, Opossum Creek Falls, Brasstown Falls and Riley Moore Falls are popular trails in/near Long Creek.

Mountain Rest has even more waterfalls to explore!  Oconee State Park is there and Stumphouse Park has a cool tunnel, Issaqueena Falls and mountain bike trails.

Eat

Photo of fresh fruit dessert from Belle's Bistro
Belle’s Bistro features lunch specials and deserts made with produce and fruit from the farm. Photo credit Chattooga Belle Farm Facebook page.

 

Stop by one of the roadside markets for farm fresh fruit and homemade treats.  Peaches, nectarines and blueberries should be available for a few more weeks; a wide variety of apples will be ready after mid-August through October.

When your stomach starts rumbling for more than fruit, head to Belle’s Bistro, Humble Pie or Brasstown Creek Gathering Place BBQ.  

 

Stay

photo of one of the new Wildwater cabins
One of four newly built cabins Wildwater has to offer.  They have additional lodging to rent including deluxe vacation homes, group yurts and a treehouse. Photo credit Wildwater

The area is rural which means there isn’t an abundance of places to stay, but you can certainly find unique accommodations and vacation rentals in both Long Creek and Mountain Rest.

 

 

 

 

 

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