Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Has Anything Changed Due to Covid ?

Yes. We are requiring guests and staff to wear face masks while they are in any area where they have close contact with others - in the fruit stand, in line for doughnuts, in the playground area, etc.... We are also requiring guests to maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft.

We are asking guests to follow directional signage in the Fruit Stand in an effort to reduce cross traffic.

We are propping open outside bathroom doors to reduce touchpoints.

There are plexiglass barriers between guests and staff at key contact points.

We have elminated our sampling station but if you would like to know what a particular variety tastes like, please ask.

At U-Pick, we have eliminated the need to bag apples after picking. You get to the keep the Sky Top bag we give you when you visit the U-Pick prepurchase area before entering the orchard.

Are You Open?

We are open 7 days a week from opening day in August through the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. The only day we are closed in season is Thanksgiving Day.

We are open rain or shine and on all holidays except Thanksgiving..

If there is ever a reason that we need to close unexpectedly, we will post that closure to Facebook. Otherwise, assume we are open.

What Are Your Hours?

  • 9am - 6pm until Daylight Savings Time ends.
  • After DST ends, we're open daily from 9am - 5pm.

Are You Making Doughnuts Today ?

  • Yes! We make doughnuts every day.

What Apples are You Picking Now?

  • Check our ripening schedule to find out when varieties are typically available during the season.

When is U-Pick Open?

U-Pick typically runs from opening day until the end of October but can go longer depending on weather and supply/demand. You can U-Pick from the time we open until 30 minutes before our closing time. Be sure to check our picking schedule page to make sure we are still offering U-Pick when you plan your visit if it is late in the season.

After U-Pick closes for the season, we still offer all the goodies and events we had during picking season, you just choose apples from the stand instead of picking them yourself. You can check the picking schedule to see what's available for your visit.

When Are Honeycrisp Available?

Honeycrisp are an early variety. They typically come in about three weeks after we open for the season and we have them until Labor Day Weekend. When they are available, we announce it on Facebook and our picking schedule .

Can I Bring My Dog?

Yes but please refer to our Dog Policy for complete details.

What if I Have a Group?

  • All youth oriented groups (schools, homeschools, youth groups, church groups, scout troops) must register using the Field Trip Reservation Form.
  • Groups without children (Tourism Bus Groups, Senior Centers, College Groups, etc...) are asked to use the Group Reservation Form.

When is the Best Time to Visit to Avoid Crowds?

Mondays (except holidays and days when local schools are out) are great days to visit as we generally don't allow school groups those days and guest visitation is lower. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are second behind Mondays as far as slower days to visit. Arriving when we first open or after 4pm is the best way to avoid crowds though keep in mind this is just a guide.

On weekends, if you see a line of bumper-to-bumper cars along Hwy 225 snaking up Pinnacle Mountain Road and are at a stop on the main road, your best option is to make alternate plans to return later in the day or to plan on coming back on a week day.

What Food/Dining Options Are Available?

  • You can bring your own food and enjoy a picnic at a table near the Playground. Picnic Tables are first-come, first-served and cannot be reserved. Table use is limited to 1& 1/2 hours.
  • There are numerous restaurants located in Flat Rock roughly 5 minutes away. Turn left at the bottom of Pinnacle Mountain Road and head north on Hwy 225/Greenville Hwy for 3 miles. There you'll find Honey & Salt, Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, The Flat Rock Village Bakery and Campfire Grill. Hendersonville is further up Greenville Hwy and offers an even larger variety of restaurants.

Can I Have My Birthday Party at Sky Top?

  • You are welcome to celebrate birthdays with us but we will not coordinate or reserve areas for you. On a first-come, first-serve basis, you may gather at an available picnic table for 1 & 1/2 hours and must purchase items (hay rides, apples, etc...) from the orchard as part of your visit. You may not use the orchard solely as a backdrop for your gathering. Please keep decorations to a minimum and clean up after your event including removing balloons and decorations. The building adjacent to the small pavilion is a private residence and not available for use or entrance.

When Do the Leaves Turn There ?

  • It is always hard to predict but October is when fall typically arrives here. Watch our Facebook page at fall nears and we'll try to update you on status of colors.