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.
A Word on Parking and Traffic
When October rolls around, we all know what that means in the eastern part of El Dorado County: Apples, donuts, pies, cider, pumpkins, hayrides, and all kinds of fun for everyone in and around Camino. But sometimes all that fun comes with a little too much….traffic!
We strongly recommend you consider a trip to the apple ranches before then since many of the apple orchards and vendors are open by the end of August. Avoid the crush and plan to visit before October…or during the week! Weekdays in September allow you to enjoy the farms and ranches without sitting in traffic.
To add complication to an already popular area during the fall, the region is seeing impacts from the U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project.
Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Highlights
- Permanent left-hand turn restrictions are in place at Lower Carson Road and 5 Mile Road/Paul Bunyon Road
- The intersection at Camino Heights Drive is open for left-hand turns
- Upper Carson Road is open for left-hand turns
This $55 million project consists of installing a continuous concrete median barrier from Still Meadows Road to upper Carson Road that will restrict left-turn movements at all at-grade intersections. The Pondorado undercrossing is being built to provide access north and south of the highway. Work on the project is slated for completion in December 2022.