If you are looking for the next location for your family vacation consider a trip to Smith Mountain Lake. The lake is a popular vacation spot for families because of its endless activities. You can spend your weekend in a boat on the lake fishing and wakeboarding or jump off docks and swim near the shore. If you are visiting during the fall, or want to spend a day off the water, the area surrounding the lake is full of hiking trails and farms where you can buy and pick your own fresh fruit. One such place can be found at Johnson’s Orchards.
About Johnson’s Apple Orchards
Johnson’s Orchards is a family-owned and operated farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the base of the Peaks of Otter. The 200-acre farm has more than 7,500 apple trees with over 200 different varieties of apple.
You can pick your own apples or buy apples from their farm store. There are several spots on the farm where you can have a picnic, so bring along some sandwiches to enjoy with your fresh apples after a day of picking.
Johnson’s Orchards also has a winery that makes wine out of the fruit grown on their farm. They produce more than 25 types of fruit wine including tart crabapple wine, pear wine, peach wine, raspberry wine, and smooth blackberry wine. You can try the wine at the winery and take some of your favorite bottles home. They also sell cold pressed cider, homemade jellies, jams, butter, and relishes at the winery.
Johnson’s Orchards is open on the weekends in January – March from noon to 5 p.m. and daily from noon to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. To get to the farm from Bedford, take 460 west for 1 mile, then turn right on 680 for 5.5 miles. The entrance sign for the farm is on your left.
Planning Your Stay
If you are looking for accommodation near Smith Mountain Lake, consider booking one of our vacation homes. All of our homes are situated on the lake with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We have large four bedroom homes that can comfortably sleep your whole family. Each house is furnished with high-quality furniture and a kitchen stocked with everything you need to cook your family’s favorite meal. Many of our homes also have private docks and access to the lake.