Apple Hill™ is known for its apple farms and family-friendly activities in the fall. Comprised of more than 50 ranches, the Apple Hill Growers Association (Apple Hill™ ) provides farm fresh fruit and vegetables, baked and canned goods, and crafts and entertainment. Most of the Apple Farms open their doors Labor Day weekend through December. But the rest of year you can find unique agricultural adventures and locally grown products down these bountiful backroads. Christmas Tree farms usually open Thanksgiving weekend but a few will open the week before. In the spring and summer berry farms and lavender farms open their doors. Wineries are open year round.
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A Word on Parking and Traffic
It’s almost October and we all know what that means in the eastern part of El Dorado County: Apples, donuts, pies, cider, pumpkins, hay rides and all kinds of fun for everyone in and around Camino. But sometimes all that fun comes with a little too much….traffic! To make things more enjoyable for the traveling public as well as residents in the area who see an influx of 5,000 additional cars on any given weekend day in October, we’re introducing the free Apple Farms Shuttle which will run every Saturday and Sunday in October.
Free parking for shuttle users is available at the Sierra Pacific Industries parking lot, located at 2796 Larsen Drive in Camino. Motorists driving westbound on Highway 50 can take Exit 54 (Camino), turn right onto Carson Road and right onto Larsen Drive. The parking lot will be on the right. Motorists driving eastbound on Highway 50 can take Exit 54 (Cedar Grove), turn left onto Carson Road and right onto Larsen Drive.
Free Public Transportation
El Dorado Transit will have four busses driving the 10.8-mile loop, leaving in 15-20-minute increments. The first Apple Farms Shuttle will depart at 9:00 am and the last will depart at 4:00 pm.
Scheduled stops include:
- High Hill Ranch/Fudge Factory Farm
- Rucksack Cellars
- Boa Vista Orchards
- Goldbud Farms
- Abel’s Apple Acres
- Lava Cap Winery
- El Dorado Orchards
- Delfino Farms
- Apple Pantry Farm/North Canyon Cider Company
- Larsen Apple Barn (Sundays only)
- Rainbow Orchards
Additional Shuttle Info
- Bikes can be loaded on shuttles
- Cider Press Maps are available on Shuttle
- Service pets only
- The shuttles hold 30 passengers each and are wheelchair & handicap assessable
- The Shuttles follow a 10.8 mile loop taking approximately one hour to complete with stops.
- The Shuttle service is funded in part by a grant from the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District, SMUD and Sierra Pacific Industries.