Altapass Orchard is a charitable non-profit located on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles north of Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Over 25 years ago the Carson family bought the 100-year-old Altapass Orchard and saved it from development. Since then the Carsons put the property into a Charitable Foundation that continues the orchard and, in addition, added music and storytelling venue, a barn store, a grill, hiking trails and a place where locals and visitors alike can help "Save the Good Stuff"—the heritage and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Normally in May, Altapass Orchard would be busy with visitors—hiking, listening to stories and music, dancing, learning history, purchasing local crafts, eating local foods, and going on hayrides.
But so far this year it is pretty quiet at Altapass Orchard due to the pandemic and the North Carolina Governor's decree that we remain closed for the safety of our visitors and employees. We are still working to maintain the apple orchard, the buildings, and the trails and we hope to partially open Mid-June.
In order to open this year and to maintain the orchard, the buildings, and the property, we need your help! We especially need funds to pay the wages of the dedicated staff who work at the orchard, the store, and the grill.
All contributions to this campaign are tax-deductible. Anything you can do to help "Save the Good Stuff" at Altapass Orchard will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!