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Bryson’s Apple Orchard

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Bryson's Apple Orchard is located in Mountain Rest.

On recent trip to the South Carolina Upstate (and you cannot get any more Upstate than Oconee County), we stopped by Bryson's Apple Orchard in Mountain Rest.

The seeds for Bryson's trees were planted in the 1960s when Richard Bryson went on a bear hunt in Long Creek and fell in love with the landscape. He moved his wife and sons to the area and soon planted a few apple trees on his new farm. Every year, they added more trees until an orchard was created and became famed for its sweet and tart varieties of apples that are available from August through November.

The family added peach trees in 1999, and today, the farm is run by Richard's sons, Marvin and Michael, and their families.

Pick your own or grab a ready-to-go bag from Bryson's Apple Orchard.

You can pick your own apples or buy a bag the family has picked. (We made a wonderful apple pie with ours). Plan ahead if you are looking for a particular type of apple as they come in at different times throughout the season. Bryson's also has a store at one corner of the orchard where you can buy jams, jellies, honey and fresh apple cider.

It's a great way to spend a fall Sunday after a Clemson football game.

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