The arrival of Fall means San Diego families are planning an apple picking trip to nearby Julian. Known for delicious apple pies, Julian is home to many apple farms where visitors purchase and/or pick their own apples.
Kennedy (age 2) picks apples at Volcan Valley Apple Farm.
Plan ahead -- Apple picking season usually begins in September (this year, the end of August!) and continues through October or when orchards run out of apples. Below are U-pick apple orchards in Julian (about 40 miles northeast of San Diego). Check each orchard's website or Facebook page for updated information about this year’s apple crop, including dates and times of apple picking, and when apples are no longer available.
Volcan Valley Apple Farm
1284 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian
All apple varieties available Sept.13, 9 am-4:30 pm. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Apples and Art
1052 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian
Opens Sept. 7. Exclusively for groups; reservations required via email.
Crosscut Farm and Orchard
1209 Farmer Road, Julian (Located just below Volcan Mountain on Farmer Road)
Open for U-pick apples for two weekends: Sept. 28/29 and Oct. 5/6; Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm; Sundays: 12-5 pm. $5/pp; kids 7 & under are free.
Apple Starr Orchard
1020 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian
U-pick organic apples and pears.
Julian Farm & Orchard
4381 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel
U-pick apples, cider pressing and more start Sept. 21.
Prefer to venture outside of San Diego County? Discover U-pick apple orchards (and other fall fun) in Oak Glen, just two hours northeast of San Diego. We highly recommend visits to Riley's Farm and Los Rios Rancho. Start planning your FAMILY DAY TRIP today.
Not sure what to do with all those freshly picked apples? Find tasty recipes in our Apple Recipe Round-Up.
Updated: Aug. 2019