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26 September 2018


The 12 Most Pup-Friendly Apple-Picking Orchards in the U.S.

Los Rios Ranchos (Oak Glen, California) Let your pup roam through this historic orchard located in the foothills of the San Bernadino mountains. It’s run in conjunction with the Wildlands Conservancy, so on top of all the Jonagolds and Galas you can get your hands on, you and your dog will love its trails, which […]

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Los Rios Ranchos (Oak Glen, California)


Let your pup roam through this historic orchard located in the foothills of the San Bernadino mountains. It’s run in conjunction with the Wildlands Conservancy, so on top of all the Jonagolds and Galas you can get your hands on, you and your dog will love its trails, which have been restored to be just as they naturally were a hundred ago. Later, relax with some local hard cider before taking your pup on a tractor-drawn hayride.

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B.J. Reese Orchards (Ellijay, Georgia)


Choose when to take your pup to these 120 acres in Northern Georgia based on the pick dates for your favorite apple variety (think: Ginger Gold, Blondies, Mutsu, Jonagolds, Rome Beauty, Pink Ladies and so many more). From pony rides and cow milking to zip lining and scavenger hunts, there are all types of autumnal activities. We have a feeling that your pup might prefer meeting some other four-legged friends at the petting farm or even cheering on the pig races.

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Anderson Orchard (Mooresville, Indiana)


Since 1969, this family-owned Indiana orchard has been a Midwest must. U-picks are a nearly year-round occurrence, but its kid- and dog-friendly October Fest is one of the best reasons to head out to Mooresville. Your kids will love the balloon animals and bouncy houses; you’ll love your cider slush; and your pup will love sniffing around the pumpkin patch for your perfect doorstep decoration.

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Iowa Orchard (Granger, Iowa)


What started in 1939 with 50 apple trees has evolved into two locations to get your seasonal game on with the family—which, of course, includes your pup. At the Urbandale location you can explore the pumpkin patch and “family fun zone,” and at the Granger location, you can pick your own apples while Biggie keeps you company. End your day with your pup at your feet while you chomp on a caramel apple and sip a cider slushie.

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Terison Apple Orchard (Cumberland, Maine)


Take a step back in time at this old-school, low-spray orchard about 20 minutes north of Portland. The place is so pet friendly that it’s no surprise the owners also have their own dog-sitting business. (Good to know!) So, load up on the freshest Mackintoshes and Cortlands before embarking on a “find a gnome” game. Just try to figure out whether Ralphie is tracking down said gnome or a nemesis squirrel before he leads you in the completely wrong direction.

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Hilltop Orchards (Richmond, Massachusetts)


Fill up on pick-your-own apples, then explore the groomed, woodland country trails with your pup as the leaves change across the sprawling 200-acre Berkshires property. But don’t just stick to the trails: dogs are welcome in the onsite Furnace Brook Wine tasting room where you can cozy up by the fire with a bottle of wine and apple cider doughnuts.

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Deardorff Orchards (Waconia, Minnesota)


Hit up this beloved autumnal mainstay about 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis for Ruby Macs, Red Barrons, Honeycrisps and more varieties—and some outdoor time with your pup. Don’t worry about bringing your own bowl, the orchard has puppy water stations and poop bags for your convenience. There’s also the Parley Lake Winery on the property so you can sip on a locally grown red or white with your doggo by your side.

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Aamodts Apple Farm (Stillwater, Minnesota)


Rufus is more than welcome to tag along at this family-owned orchard that’s been around since 1948. The folks at Aamodts will teach you the ‘right’ way to pick apples, too: 1. Cup the apple in the palm of your hand. 2. Twist the apple up and over the branch. (This method ensures that next year’s bud is undamaged and ready to produce another apple next season.) 3. Pick apples from the tree branches, never off the ground. Oh, and make sure to take home some Thor cider, named after Great Grandpa Aamodt.

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Poverty Lane Orchard & Farnum Hill Ciders (Lebanon, New Hampshire)


Heirloom apple buffs and their pups should make their way to this super special New England orchard. Poverty Lane focuses on planting varieties Pomme Grise and Kingston Black that thrive in their region as well as cider apple varieties grown only for fermentable juice (affected long ago by Prohibition!). The picnic tables for enjoying a packed lunch and huge fenced spaces where your pup can run around are made only better by the excellent, one-of-kind Farnum Hill Cider.

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Alstede Farms (Chester, New Jersey)


With over 50 different varieties, check the ripening schedule for each apple variety before heading out with your pup. Love your Ida Reds? Make sure to come around October 4. More of Granny Smith nut? Head out November 8. Earmark the whole day since its cider mill and friendly farm animals will keep you busy. But Ranger will most definitely love getting lost in the Alstede Farms truly epic, giant corn maze with you. Bring treats in case you get lost.

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Justus Orchard (Hendersonville, North Carolina)


Let Potato tag along in the crisp and scenic mountains of Western North Carolina, where the owners’ dogs are usually on-site as well. And while the fresh apples are yummy, make sure to save room for the bakery’s bounty, offering famous homemade fried apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple cider, cider slushes, apple bread and so much more.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards (Parkdale, Washington)


Just. Look. At. That. View. With Mount Hood in the background of all your glorious autumn orchard Instagram posts with your pup, you will be sure to rack of the likes. But there’s so much more to this family-owned Hood River Valley farm. Think: local cider, jams and honey. Better yet, well-behaved, leashed dogs can frolic everywhere, including the glorious, big open field—well, everywhere except inside the fruit stand. There’s even dog waste supplies and water bowls.

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