Opening Day - August 24

About us

Hidden Hills Orchard is a high density apple orchard with over 5200 dwarf trees. We are located four miles from Marietta along Ohio SR 26, the covered bridge scenic byway. There are 22 varieties of apples which span the harvest season including Gala, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious and Gold Rush. We offer both pick-your- own and ready packed apples on farm from late August through November. We produce a delicious cider on site from a blend of our apples. The orchard also has about 80 cherry trees and 150 peach trees that we harvest in season and sell locally.  

The orchard property has been a farm since 1895. Originally a dairy farm and later hay fields, it was purchased from the Long family in 1998. Over the next seven years dwarf apple trees were planted and trellises installed. In 2001, the packing house was built where we wash and hand pack our apples into 5 pound bags and store them in our 5000 bushel cooler. Cider production began in 2004 and it has received first place awards in 2004, 2013, and 2016 in the Ohio Apples cider contest.  

We took over operations in 2011. We have expanded U-pick to include Honeycrisp and added more apple varieties: Suncrisp and Cripps Pink. Each year brings new challenges and many lessons.  

We are committed to operating a sustainable orchard and continue to look for ways to improve. Examples:  

  • Electricity needs supplied by 72 solar panels on the south side of the packing house roof.
  • Irrigation using drip system and pond water.
  • Deploy mating disruption (pheromones) for codling moths and peach tree borer moths.
  • Utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Eliminated the use of organophosphates (since 2010).
  • 100% native pollinators and pollinator habitat maintenance
  • Market our apples and cider within 140 miles of the farm.
  • Tree prunings are mulched in-place.
  • Fertilizer application based on soil and leaf tissue analysis.
  • Erosion control by critical area plantings.
  • Removing invasive species of plants and trees.  

The orchard was selected as the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District Co-operator of the year in 2016.  

See you soon, 

Tom and Cathy