Smith Mountain Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in the state, and for a good reason. The lake and surrounding woods provide plenty of fun-filled adventures from a day spent on the lake boating, fishing, and paddleboarding to laying out on the shore. During the fall and winter, you can hike in the mountains surrounding the lake, or pick apples at nearby orchards. Gross’ Orchard is one of our favorite spots to do just that!
About the Gross Apple Orchard
Gross’ Orchard is a family-operated orchard that has been in business in the Smith Mountain Lake area for decades. Located at the base of the beautiful Peaks of Otter mountains, this picturesque orchard specializes in mountain-grown peaches and apples.
During the summer, you can purchase fresh peaches at their farm store or pick your own peaches. During the fall, they grow nearly 150 different types of apples as well as pumpkins on their 200-plus-acre farm. At the family’s farm store, you can purchase all the fruit that is grown in their orchard as well as fresh vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, homemade pies, country ham and bacon, local honey, apple butter, and apple cider.
Wagon ride tours of the farm are available Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gross Orchard also hosts several events on their farm including an Apple Harvest Festival, a Peach Festival, and an Apple Valley 5K.
A trip to Gross’ Orchard is a great way to spend the day with your family. You get to be outdoors, learn about how fruit is grown, and see all the farm animals.
Gross Orchard is open year-round, Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. They are located at 6817 Wheats Valley Rd. From Bedford, take 43 North. Then take a right onto 643 and a left onto 640. The orchard will be on your right.
Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for accommodation near Smith Mountain Lake, consider booking one of our lakefront vacation homes. Our rentals range from two bedroom condos to large six bedroom homes that can comfortably sleep your entire family.
Many of our Smith Mountain Lake rentals are located directly on the water with private access to the lake and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Each home is decorated to mirror the area with hardwood floors, alpine decor, and large windows which allow you to enjoy your views. Our homes are furnished with high-quality furniture and many of our homes have large seating areas with fireplaces, so you can cozy up with your family on cold nights.