Come and see nature’s way of blanketing the mountains with stunning color during the month of October. Enjoy fun filled days complete with good food and entertainment including bluegrass music, cloggers, arts and crafts, hayrides and horseback rides. Experience the days of yesteryear watching apple butter being cooked in kettles over and open fire. Our orchards are open for apple picking or you may select your own from the apple bins at the picnic pavilion. Visit the farm and the animals.
Celebrated in October, Every Year.
As a child, I remember taking trips with my grandparents to this mountainside orchard in the cool fall weather to get fresh-picked apples right from the trees and enjoy the small-town festival so far from our lives in the suburbs. We took hay rides and I sat on my Granddad’s shoulders to reach those apples growing too far above my head. So, when I had children, I decided to recreate the experience for them. Luckily, the Graves Mountain Apple Festival is still going on twenty-five years later. It was just as I remembered it, a fun family event with food, music and hay rides. The wagon has been replaced by a much larger tractor-pulled bed, but the hay still sticks through your jeans and smells sweet. There is a giant hay maze that, for a small price, the kids can go through again and again. Kids will enjoy the games while adults will enjoy checking out the craft market. There are tons of animals to see and pet. The kids loved the country fair foods, funnel cakes covered in fresh-picked cinnamon apples, Brunswick stew, cold pressed apple cider and more. The music and dancing was pure-country goodness with step-dancers and fiddles galore, and my girls jumped up and danced along. The Graves Mountain Lodge is still standing at the same spot, and they have a daily dinner special that’s good old fashioned food, and lots of it, for a really good price. It’s not the kind of place that seeks to entertain you with flashiness and flair, but it’s fun nonetheless. The kids loved seeing the animals, taking a hay ride through the orchard, splashing in the stream nearby and watching the dancers clomping across the stage. You can pick apples by the bushel, enjoy a nice country day and all for just a little money. It’s my idea of a really good time with the family.