If you want to have the most epic fall, follow the Hudson Valley Fall Bucket List.

First up on the Hudson Valley Bucket List: apple picking.

Whether you want to admit it or not, fall is about to be upon us in the Hudson Valley. Cue changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and everything spooky. To get you in the fall spirit, I'm putting together the Hudson Valley Fall Bucket List. Each Thursday, I'll write about a new activity, place, or event in the Hudson Valley that's perfect for fall.

First up on the Hudson Valley Bucket List is none other than the most obvious and most Hudson Valley: apple picking.

The Hudson Valley is literally known for its apple picking. Why do you think Angry Orchard decided to put their innovation cider house in Walden? So if you want the best apples you're in luck, because you're already in the best area.

These are some of my favorite apple orchards for apple picking:

Barton Orchards
Barton is awesome not only for their apple picking but everything else they have to offer. You can spend the entire day there between the corn maze and farm animals and bar.

Porpiglia Farms
Located in Marlboro, Porpiglia is actually where I grew up apple picking. They have a huge selection of pick your own apples, from golden delicious to granny smith, to Macintosh; they have them all

Crist Orchards
So Crist Orchards in Walden isn't pick your own apples, but you can buy them directly at their warehouse. I swear, that the empire apples from Crist Orchards are the best apples you will ever eat. I think a bag of apples is $7 (don't quote me on that). These are a must try!

These are some of my favorite apple orchards, but below is the full list of Hudson Valley pick your own apples.

DUTCHESS COUNTY

 

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane | Poughquag, NY 12570 | (845) 227-2306
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9AM-5PM; Saturday - Sunday, 9AM-6PM

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road | Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 | (845) 897-4377
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-6PM

Fraleigh's Rose Hill Farm

19 Rose Hill | Red Hook, NY 12571 | (845) 758-4215
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-6PM
Varieties: Gala (early September), Jonamac (early September)

Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Lane | Red Hook, NY 12571 | (845) 758-1234
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-7PM

Mead Orchards

15 Scism Road | Tivoli, NY 12583 | (845) 756-5641
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-6PM

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 

Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road | Warwick, NY 10990 | (845) 987-7717
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9AM-6PM

Applewood Orchards

82 Four Corners Road | Warwick, New York 10990 | (845) 986-1684
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Lawrence Farms Orchards

306 Frozen Ridge Road | Newburgh, NY 12550 | (845) 562.4268
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-4PM

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road | Warwick, NY 10990 | (845) 986-1058
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Overlook Farm Market and Country Store

5417 Route 9W | Newburgh, NY 12550 | (845) 562-5780
Hours: Sunday - Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, 8AM-6PM

Pennings Orchard

169 State Route 94 South | Warwick, NY 10990 | (845) 986-7080
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

114 Little York Road | Warwick, NY 10990 | (845) 258-4858
Hours: Monday – Friday, Noon to 5PM; Saturday – Sunday, 11AM-5PM

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

 

Outhouse Orchards

139 Hardscrabble Road | Croton Falls, NY 10519 | 914-277-3188
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

ULSTER COUNTY

 

Apple Hill Farm

124 Route 32 South | New Paltz, NY 12561 | (845) 255-1605
Hours: Thursday - Monday, 10AM-5PM

Dressel Farms

271 Route 208 | New Paltz, NY 12561 | (845) 255-0693
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM

DuBois Farms

209 Perkinsville Road | Highland, NY 12528 | (845) 795-4037
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 10AM-5PM

Hurds Family Farm

2187 Route 32 | Modena, NY 12548 | (845) 883-7825
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Jenkins - Lueken Orchards

69 Yankee Folly Road | New Paltz, NY 12561 | (845) 255 - 0999
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-6PM

Maynard Farms

326 River Road | Ulster Park, NY 12487 | (845) 331-6908
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM

Minard Farms

250 Hurds Road | Clintondale, NY 12515 | (866) 632-7753
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10AM-5PM

Prospect Hill Farms

73 Clarks Lane | Milton, NY 12547 | (845) 795-2383
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9AM-4PM

Tantillo's Farm Market

730 New York 208 | Gardiner, NY 12525 | (845) 256-9109
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-4:30PM

Weed Orchards and Winery

43 Mount Zion Road | Marlboro, NY 12542 | (845) 236-2684
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10AM-5PM; Saturday & Sunday, 9AM-5PM

Westwind Orchard

215 Lower Whitfield Road | Accord, NY 12404 | (845) 626-0659
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9AM-6PM

Wilklow Orchards

341 Pancake Hollow Road | Highland, NY 12528 ‎ | (845) 691-2339
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 9AM-5PM

Wrights Farm

699 New York 208 | Gardiner, NY 12525 | (845) 255-5300
Hours: Sunday - Saturday, 8AM-4:30PM