If you are looking for a great Fall outdoors activity in Southern California, go Apple Picking in Oak Glen. The small agricultural community town is located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The best time for apple picking is between late September to October but what’s ripe for the picking depends on the apple variety. Make sure to check with individual orchard to see what variety of apples is available during your visit.
Don’t wait until the end of October to visit to make sure you still have apples to pick.
HERE ARE THE POPULAR OAK GLEN U-PICK APPLE FARMS:
Open: Sat & Sun | 10am - 4pm
Willowbrook Apple Farm is a small 100-year-old family farm where you can experience u-pick apples and u-press apple cider and savor Stayman-Winesap apples fresh off the tree. Surrounded by fall colors in the San Bernardino mountains, you can enjoy small farm life in a picturesque setting.
Open: 7 days a week | 10am to 5pm
Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen is Southern California’s largest apple farm in operation since 1906.
Apple season starts Labor Day through Thanksgiving at the Historic Los Rios Rancho.
When visiting Los Rios Rancho, enjoy a Farm Kitchen serving tri-tip sandwiches, BBQ, cold beverages, dessert, and more, a Farm Store tent with seasonal goodies, Little Seeling Ranch (petting zoo & miniature farm), and nature trails 7 days a week. U-pick fruit, tractor rides & horse-drawn wagon tours, live musical entertainment, Farm Fair (candle dipping & Frontier Chores hay bale pulley), corn maze, roasted corn, Steak Shack, wagon rides & tractor rides, and hard cider tasting are available during the weekends at Los Rios Rancho farm.
Open: Sat & Sun | 10am - 4pm
Admission is $5 for 4+ & free for kids 3 and under.
Stone Soup Farm in Oak Glen offers apple picking in their 130-year-old heirloom apple orchard in October.
There is a 10-minute tour about the history of the apple farm, some information about their apples, apple tasting and general rules while picking.
U-pick apples are $3.75/lb. and the farm provides apple bags at the introduction talk before picking apple begins. Apple picking season at Stone Soup Orchard begins the first weekend in October.
(909) 557-3447 Open: Sat & Sun | 10am - 5pm
Stone Pantry Orchard in Oak Gen offers U-Pick apples, pears, blackberries, and pumpkins.
You also get to press your own cider.
5. Riley’s Farm
(909) 790-TIME or (909) 797-7534
Open: Mon – Fri | 10am - 4pm and Sat | 10am - 6pm
Riley's Farm offers apple picking, berry picking, making your own pressed cider, sampling a variety of apples, and all sorts of apple jams available for sale. Apple picking at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen is available on Saturdays.
Their website has the latest update on U-Pick apple variety.
Tips for Apple Picking in Oak Glen:
The weather is cooler in Oak Glen but it can also be hot on a sunny day.
Make sure to also check that there is no fire in the area before driving out.
Confirm the operating hours of the apple farms before going.
There is no entrance fee to "most" Oak Glen apple farms.
Oak Glen apple farms charge per pound for the apples or other fruits you pick. Check for rates.
The bigger Oak Glen farms have more activities but are also more crowded.
Oak Glen is usually crowded on the weekends. Arrive early for comfortable parking.
Oak Glen is less-crowded during weekdays, but some orchards are not open.
Parking on the main road is not allowed.
Wear closed-toed shoes. Bring your own drinking water.
Some Oak Glen farms do not allow dogs. Check before going.
First check-in at a U-pick tent & grab a bag before you start roaming around the apple farms.
Bring cash for payment.
Check before going what apple variety is available for U-pick.
Enjoy your weekend adventure...