On the Farm
There’s plenty to see and do on a trip to Nivens Apple Farm. Depending on the season, here are some of the activities your family can enjoy.
We grow a great assortment of apples for every palate and use. Whether you are looking for a great-tasting eating apple or a great cooking apple, we’ve got you covered. Our varieties include Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Red Jonathan, Winesap, Rome, Granny Smith, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Cameo, Pink Lady, Jonagold, Ginger Gold and Arkansas Black.
When arriving at the farm to pick your own apples, come by the farm store first. We’ll provide bags for your apples, as well as apple-picking sticks if you need one. Please wear proper shoes and clothing for picking apples. Your safety and comfort is important to us. We recommend closed-toed shoes with socks.
When is the best time to pick apples? Late summer and fall. Click here to view our apple-picking schedule and a description of our apple varieties.
- Graded and packed apples are $25 per bushel, $14 per half-bushel, $11 per peck and $7 per half peck.
- U-pick: $18 per bushel, $12 per half-bushel, $9 per peck and $6 per half peck.
We grow many sizes of pumpkins; one is sure to be perfect for your family. You may visit the pumpkin patch and pick your own (we’ll provide the wheelbarrow), or choose from the many sizes and varieties available at the farm store.
Our pumpkins are priced by size. Choose as many as you need in the sizes that you want. If you choose to go into the pumpkin patch, please wear appropriate shoes and attire. We recommend close-toed shoes and socks.
Hay rides offer a fun, entertaining and educational way to see the whole farm. Each hay wagon has a host to guide you along the way. Your host will familiarize you with our safety rules and make sure everyone is ready for the adventure. As you move through the apple orchard, your host will explain how the apples grow and the basics of how we farm. You will then enter the Storybook Character Trail, where you will revisit your favorite classic nursery rhymes. We’ll continue around the lake, then head back to the orchard, where you can stop and pick your own apples. Listen up... Your host might even sing you a song! Allow about a half hour per hay ride.
- Hay rides cost $5.
You’ll start in the apple maze, where you will be asked questions about apples... those answers will give you clues to make your way through our huge, great State of South Carolina Corn Maze. Maneuver your way through the major highways, landmarks and cities of our great state. There will be clues along the way to keep you on the right path. No GPS is needed here, just a little energy and a some curiosity. Geography class was never this fun!
The maze opens Labor Day weekend and stays open through Thanksgiving. The maze is open every day, with the last entry being at 5 p.m. Allow about 30 – 45 minutes to really enjoy the maze. We recommend close-toed shoes with socks for your comfort and safety.
- The corn maze is $8 per person, or $24 for a family of five.
No farm would be complete without animals, right?
Walk around the corrals and view our farm animals. We have plenty of animals to see, including a holstein calf, a pig, goats, chickens, roosters, turkeys, a donkey and a llama. Remember: Please don’t feed the animals.
Nivens Gem Mine
Our gem mine is our newest addition. Visit the largest outdoor gem mine in the Upstate. Pan for fossils, arrowheads, small gems or large gems.
The whole family can mine at one time, because our sluice can accommodate up to 32 people at once. Keep what you find and identify your treasures at our assay stations. Mining is fun and educational for all ages!
- Enjoy the gem mine for $7 (small gemstones and arrowheads) or $9 (fossils and large gemstones).
NEW! Pedal cars
Pedal cars offer lots of fun and excitement, and are a new attraction on the farm. Your children can’t miss our newest attraction!
- Pedal car rides are $5.
The farm store
No trip to Nivens Apple Farm is complete without a stroll through our farm store. Come sample some savory apple cider and take home some treats while you’re there. We have apples, apple fritters, fresh apple bread, apple cider, fresh honey, jams and jellies. We even have roasted peanuts. Get that hard-to-find fall decor, such as dried corn stalks, scarecrows and assorted gourds. Pick up a cookbook. View a working honey bee hive and pet the baby chics. Let the kids burn some energy on the farm playground equipment while you rest on our shaded rocking chair porch.