Don’t come to Pine Tree Apple Orchard expecting to hit the orchard and pick yourself a peck of Zestars. The website is not technically misleading, but does not state that apples are strictly sold in their retail barn, displayed alongside a wealth of baked goods and other apple products. Strawberries are available for the picking in June, pumpkins are picked in October, but Pine Tree politely, though repeatedly, asks you to stay out of the apple orchard.
Which is something tough for my children to do. They love to spend a fall day wandering through an apple orchard and sizing up a good pick. Harvesting is half the fun. As a consolation, Pine Tree offers a very short “orchard trail” to walk with informational signs meant to teach about harvesting and such. Other educational opportunities exist inside the retail barn where my children could get up close to the processing of the apples.
We visited on a fall weekday when there were almost no other visitors to this pretty orchard on Pine Tree Lake. I’d have to think that weekends get hopping with families enjoying the live music, wagon and pony rides, corn maze and other various special events hosted by the orchard. Get the complete fall schedule here.
Scenic Wagon Rides at Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Wagon rides run continuously when the Orchard is open beginning in early September through late October. 2021 details are yet to be announced. Traditionally, they run:
- Saturdays & Sundays 1-5
- Weekdays, beginning September 10th,
- Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 10-11 & 4-5
- Fridays 1-5
2021 Corn Maze at Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Maze will be open September 25-October 24 in 2021. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 11 am - 4 pm and, beginning October 2nd, Wednesday-Friday 1-4. Plan to spend 30 minutes working your way through the maze. Last entry is 4pm and the maze will be closed if weather is not cooperative.
2021 Pony Rides
There will be no pony rides in 2021. Watch for them in 2022? Pony rides have a 75 pound weight limit and are available weekends between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 2020 dates are pending.
2021 Pine Tree Pumpkin Patch
This farm has a 6 acre patch of pick-your-own pumpkins. Pumpkin season is from October 2nd through October 24th in 2021 (while supply lasts) on weekends.
- Saturdays & Sundays 11-5
- Weekdays Wednesday-Friday 1-5 (beginning October 2nd)