Marie McAden



Apples still in season in the Upstate

Posted 11/13/2013 12:37:00 PM

If your Thanksgiving dinner menu includes a homemade apple pie, you still have time to get to the Upstate and pick up a peck of fresh-from-the-tree apples.

I was returning home from a backpacking trip in western Oconee County last weekend and was delighted to find the Mountain Rest Apple Orchard stand on S.C. 107 open for business.

I like the sweet variety, so I loaded up on Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji and Jonagolds. A peck is just $9. They also have ample supplies of Arkansas Black, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Rome Beauty, Stayman and Cameo. For those of you who like to make your pumpkin pies from scratch, you can pick up one of those, too.

The owners told me they’ll be selling this year’s crop through Thanksgiving. They’re open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Many of the other growers in “apple country” will be open through the first of December, but after Thanksgiving, they might only be selling apples on weekends.

Make a mini-vacation out of your apple-gathering road trip and rent a cabin or camp at Oconee State Park. It’s a great time of year to hike in the woods or just sit around a campfire and roast marshmallows.

You also should add Oconee Station State Historic Site to your itinerary. It’s just minutes away and features two very interesting historic buildings—a stone blockhouse used as an outpost by the South Carolina State Militia from 1792 to 1799 and a two-story brick house that served as an Indian trading post from 1795 to 1809. Free guided tours of both structures are offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Across the street from the historic site is a an easy, three-quarter mile trail to Station Cove Falls, a lovely 60-foot cascade in an Appalachian cove forest.

Now that I’ve got your fall getaway planned for you, all you have to do is book your reservation at Oconee State Park. Click here or call (864) 638-5353 today.