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Travel Channel rates Sky Top among best U-pick orchards

FLAT ROCK — Sky Top Orchard is one of five U-pick orchards featured in the Travel Channel's list of apple farms "that the whole family can enjoy."

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"For many families, a trip to harvest apples at nearby farms has become a regular rite of autumn passage," the article says. "As crisp, fall weather arrives and apples ripen to near-bursting, many small farms open their doors to visitors, letting them pluck their own for a small cost, filling up bushels and enjoying the fruits of their labor."

The other orchards were in Markham, Va., Warwick, N.Y., New Berlin, Wis., and Yakima, Wash.

Here's what Travel Channel had to say about Sky Top, which is on Pinnacle Mountain Road off of Greenville Highway just south of the Village of Flat Rock:

"... Sky Top Orchard features some of the most scenic apple picking in the Southeast. Sky Top is home to some 60 acres and 25 varieties of apples for picking, including Gala and Mutsu, as well as other fruits such as cherries, peaches and grapes (available when in season). Still, there's more to Sky Top than mere picking. The orchard also boasts ponds, hayrides and a barnyard area with turkey, chickens, goats and sheep that the kids will love to see. There's even a bamboo forest to hike through and a series of picnic pavilions complete with epic views of the surrounding mountains of western North Carolina."