Pick the perfect Christmas tree for you home and have a great holiday outing at one of the "choose and cut" Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville. You select the tree...they cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle or you can use their bowsaws and cut it yourself! Our North Carolina fraser fir tree production ranks second of any state in the United States.
Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms near Asheville
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
445 Boyd Farm Road
Waynesville, NC 28785
Open Nov 14-Dec 21, 2014, everyday 9AM-5PM
A wonderful experience walking through the manicured fields and selecting your own tree! They specalize in high quality Fraser Fir trees. They cut it, bale it and tie it to your vehicle. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley & Waynesville. Easy paved access, lots of parking, restrooms, handicap facilities. Free refreshments (including cider and hot chocolate!) in heated tent. They have four to 20 foot trees, plus wreaths, roping and tree stands.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Go 3 1/2 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Hemphill Road past Wingray Campground, Cross bridge & immediately turn left onto Boyd Farm Road
Mehaffey Tree Farm
24 Corner Drive
Waynesville, NC 28785
Open daily, Nov 22-Dec 14, 2014, except Mondays, 9 AM-5 PM
Enjoy a trip back to your own childhood by selecting your own Christmas tree from among acres of beautiful Fraser firs. Sometimes Mother Nature provides a light dusting of snow to make your visit even more magical. Their specialty is high-quality Fraser Fir trees. They cut your favorite tree, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley & Waynesville. They offer paved access, plenty of parking, restrooms, and even free refreshments in a heated section of their Morton building. They have five to12 foot trees, plus wreaths, roping and tree stands.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Travel 3.1 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Grindstone Rd. Travel 1.3 miles on Grindstone Rd. to Hemphill Road, Turn right on Hemphill Rd. and travel .1 miles to 24 Corner Drive.
Little Switzerland Fraser Firs
2018 Long Branch Trail
Little Switzerland, NC
Located in picturesque Little Switzerland. Open starting November 15, 9 AM-5 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 PM. An experience the whole family will enjoy. There's a cozy fire while roasting marshmallows and enjoying hot cider or cocoa. Then you head to the field to select your tree, finishing up by visiting Huck the farm dog while the tree is bailed and prepared for transport. Your trip will be jam-packed with memories for years to come. They are only 30 minutes from I-40 and in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Sandy Hollar Tree Farm
63 Sandy Hollar Road
Leicester, NC 28748
Open Sunday-Saturday 9 AM-4:30 PM from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the weekend before Christmas. Buy wreaths, garland (roping), decorations, refreshments, and crafts. Hay rides to the tree fields and marshmallow roasting on weekends.
Directions from Asheville: About 20 miles from downtown, follow Patton Ave/ U.S. Highway 19-23 South. Take NC 63 (Leicester Highway) 11 miles to North Turkey Creek Road (left). Go 1 1/2 miles to split, veer right onto Early's Mountain Road. Go six miles. Farm is second drive on left past Robinson Cove Road (Sandy Hollow Lane).
Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees
13623 Highway 212
Marshall, NC 28753
Open early November through December 20, dawn to dusk.
This "no-frills" tree farm is a short distance off I-26 near the North Carolina/Tennessee line. They produce Fraser fir Christmas trees for choose-and-cut. Visitors will find the farm by the large American flag painted on the barn. You'll be surrounded by hillsides of trees and fields with cows, goats, and a llama or two. Donna and Chipper Jones and their children grow 80,000 Fraser fir on 55 acres of their 300 acre farm at elevations of 3200 to 4800 feet.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-26 West toward Weaverville, Take Exit #50, Flag Pond Rd., Turn left at Higgins Creed Rd., Go 1/4 mile and turn right at T-intersection onto old Hwy 23., Go almost 2 miles and turn left at TN-352., Go 4.5 miles to NC line and the road becomes Hwy 212. The farm is 1/2 mile.
Cartner Christmas Tree Farm
901 Balsam Drive
Newland, NC 28657
Open the weekend before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday and weekend after Thanksgiving Day, and every weekend thereafter; from 9 AM until dusk.
Enjoy warm accommodations, hot cocoa, hot cider and cookies. They will cut, bale and load your tree once it’s selected. The farm is located in Newland, approximately 65 miles northeast from Asheville. They also have wreaths and garland, along with special greenery requests.
Directions: Follow I-40 East to Exit 72. Continue straight off the exit and follow US Hwy 70 East to Marion. Turn Left onto US Hwy 221, heading north. Turn left onto State Hwy 194 heading north into the town of Newland. (Do not turn left at the Chevron Station. Continue north for approximately 4 more miles and turn at the Crossnore Drug Store heading north on State Hwy 194.) Once in Newland, continue past the 2nd traffic light for two miles. Turn left on Balsam Dr. and continue through the golf course. The barn office is on the left.
Christmas Tree FAQs
Do all species keep equally well after harvest?
Certain species simply last longer and remain fresh much longer than others. Some of the best are the North Carolina Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Scotch pine and Douglas-fir. Regardless of species, consumers must make the final judgment of quality by looking at, touching, feeling, smelling and shaking the tree.
How much of the trunk should be cut off before setting up the tree?
Removing a thin disk (1/4 to 1/2 inch) off the trunk before placing the tree in a water holding stand is all that is needed. It is always a good practice to make a new cut before putting the tree into the stand.
What is the minimum amount of water a tree stand should hold?
As a general rule, a tree can use up to a quart of water per day for each inch of stem diameter. The warmer the temperature and the lower the relative humidity where the tree is displayed, the greater the amount of water required by the tree.
If the base of the trunk has a split, will this affect the quality of the tree?
It should not affect the ability of the tree to take up water, assuming a fresh cut is made on the base, nor have any effect on how long the tree lasts after it is displayed.
Safety Tips for Your Tree
Christmas trees do not start fires, people do! Here are some helpful hints so that you and your family can enjoy the Christmas season and your Fraser fir tree to the fullest.
• Check all electric lights and connections before decorating. Don't use any lights with worn or frayed cords.
• NEVER use lighted candles on your tree.
• Don't overload the electrical outlets.
• Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets, and other heat sources. These elements can prematurely dry out your tree.
• Always make sure that your tree has plenty of water to prevent drying.
• ALWAYS turn off all decorations before going to bed at night or anytime that you leave home.
Sensible precautions like these will help you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season. Remember that it is not the trees that cause the fires!
North Carolina Christmas Tree Facts
• North Carolina has an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on over 25,000 acres.
• Fraser fir represents over 95% of all species grown in North Carolina.
• Fraser fir is grown in the far Western North Carolina counties which include Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
• There are over 1,600 North Carolina growers.
• The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in number of trees harvested.
• North Carolina produces over 19% of the Real Christmas Trees in the U.S.
• The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation's best through a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree 11 times (more than any other species)....1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
• The North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is the most popular Christmas tree in North America and is shipped into every state in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Japan and other points all over the world.
• The North Carolina Fraser fir has soft, pleasant-to-touch needles, incomparable needle retention, long lasting aroma, and more pliable yet stronger branches for even the heaviest ornaments.
• There are approximately 400 Choose and Cut Christmas tree farms in North Carolina.
• Individual Christmas tree growers may sell anywhere from a few dozen trees per year to hundreds of thousands of trees per year.
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