Peach Picking in South Carolina: 10 U-Pick Farms To Visit

The Southern region of the United States is well-known for its delicious peaches. Yet, the act of hand-picking them adds an additional layer of enjoyment to their delightful taste.

In South Carolina, peaches will ripen from May through August depending on the variety. Seasonal ripening also heavily depends on the weather and may be affected by drought, heavy rain, or longer-than-usual cold spells. 

Picking peaches is easy and fun! Go on a nice evening or go during the weekend, but it is always wise to call the farm ahead to ensure they are offering U-Pick and that there are still some peaches available.

Going first thing in the morning is the best way to ensure that you get your spot in the orchard and to beat the heat! 

Pick peaches that have decent color and fall off easily into your hand. If you need to pull the peach, it is probably not ready, and you will end up damaging the fruit before you get it off the tree!

It may be best to cut the fruit from the tree to get it off without damaging it. Just be sure to ask if it’s alright to use clippers in the orchard. 

Be sure to go prepared — these are working orchards, and there are uneven surfaces you will need to walk on and tall branches to reach.

Closed-toed shoes are best, and bring a hat or sunscreen because there isn’t much shade in the orchard. Most farms provide their own baskets, so there is no need to bring your own. 

With these tips and a beautiful summer day, you’ll have a lovely time picking peaches!

Check out one of the 10 pick-your-own peach orchards to harvest your very own, and see everything else the farm has to offer! 

1. Cotton Hills Farm

For over 100 years, Cotton Hills Farm has been working on the same land.

They continue the tradition of growing cotton, but they have also expanded to grow other crops and host a few pick-your-own options along with countless seasonal crops.

Go grab a cone of your favorite fresh ice cream flavor at their ice cream stand after picking peaches in the summer heat! 

  • Location: 2575 Lowrys Highway, Chester, SC 29706
  • Types of Peaches: Freestone white and yellow
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Strawberries, flowers, collards

2. Bush-N-Vine Farm

This is a lovely farm that offers U-Pick options and hosts seasonal events and festivals. Pick up some classic foods at their cafe, or bring your own food and have a picnic on the lawn with the orchard as the backdrop!

With plenty of options to stock up on at their farm store, you’ll want to make this your go-to farm.

  • Location: 1650 Filbert Hwy., York, SC 29745
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, blackberries, flowers

3. Chappell Farms

Stop by Chappell Farms to get a taste of one of Pat’s Pride peaches. They grow 15 different varieties, so you are sure to find a favorite!

They have peaches available for sale at the stand and also offer gift boxes of peaches shipped across the country so you can share the delicious peaches with loved ones! 

  • Location: 1371 Kings Avenue, Barnwell, SC 29812
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white 
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Only peaches available 

4. Fishers Orchard

A farm that has been growing peaches for almost 100 years, the Fisher family farm grows more than just peaches. Visit their farm store for locally made goods, fresh preserves, and ciders.

Their Facebook page is the best place to learn more because it will give you information on what’s in season, U-Pick options, seasonal activities, and more!

  • Location: 650 Fisher Rd., Greer, SC 29651
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays 
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Nectarines
Hands holding five ripe peaches just picked from the tree.

5. Green Acres Farm 

Also known as Tom Sawyer Farms from the previous owner, you’ll find it called both across the farm and the internet.

They update their Facebook page daily, so be sure to check it out for the daily U-Pick hours, produce available, and foods they will be serving at the cafe that day! 

  • Location: 952 Empire Chester Hwy., Cochran, GA 31014
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries

6. The Peach Tree Orchards

Their local roadside stand is the place to go for pre-picked peaches and their delicious ice cream! Pick your own peaches, or simply go for the ice cream. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

They also offer local goods at their market and have some autumn activities once the season turns cooler.

  • Location: 2077 Filbert Hwy., York, SC 29745
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Pumpkins

7. Black’s Peaches

For over 100 years, Black’s has been growing peaches on the same land since the farm’s founders came to North America in 1715!

Stop by their cafe for a full menu at lunchtime, or pick up freshly baked goods and other local crafts. 

  • Location: 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins

8. Bryant’s Peaches

A family-run peach farm that allows you to pick your own or just stop by for some products, this farm also has ice cream if you need a quick treat!

Be sure to call ahead because they don’t have a website and they do not update their Facebook. 

  • Location: 777 W Old Limestone Rd., York, SC 29745
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Plums, blackberries

9. Shuler Peach Company

Strawberries and peaches are all they do, and they do it well! Be sure to stop by for some pre-picked fresh berries or peaches if you don’t have the opportunity to pick your own.

Their Facebook page is more informative than their website, so always check for updates there first. 

  • Location: 582 Highway 78, Ridgeville, SC 29059
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Strawberries, seasonal vegetables

10. Chattooga Belle Farm

This orchard is not only a farm, but it is also a bistro, distillery, and farm store, and they have a few vacation rentals, so you can get the whole experience of being on a farm!

With a wide variety of U-Pick options, you’ll want to pick fruit all day and stay the night! 

  • Location: 454 Damascus Church Rd., Long Creek, SC 29658
  • Types of Peaches: Yellow and white
  • Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Other U-Pick Fruits Available: Apples, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, persimmon, figs, Asian pears, paw paws

Closing Thoughts

Picking your own peaches should be a yearly activity if not once, maybe a few times per year!

Peruse this list of pick-your-own orchards — one may be closer than you think and could become your go-to location for fresh produce and local goods.

Staying local is a great way to support the community and ensure you have the freshest foods possible!