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:
Hwy. 76 in Long Creek (near Humble Pie)
Apples, peaches, homemade jams, jellies & caramel sauce
July 15 through early November
BLUE HAVEN ORCHARDS
Hwy. 76 across from Long Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.
Apples, peaches, canned goods, homemade sweets, fruit slushies
March to mid-December
Will ship apples
1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Mountain Rest
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
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
Apples, blueberries, peaches, pecans and vegetables
June through mid-November
Hwy. 76 across from Long Creek General Store
4th generation apple grower
Variety of apples, apple cider, peaches, homemade apple butter, apple cider vinegar, chow chow, relish, and honey
What else is there to do?
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.
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.
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.