Orchard Hill Mountain is a special part of Apple Manor Farm where the lofty elevation and far distant views make you feel on top of the world.
The mountain is the pinnacle of Apple Manor, high above the Piedmont Plain 1400' above sea level. From here on a clear autumn day you can see the horizon stretch toward the edges of Washington, D.C. in the east 50 miles away.
To the south, birds hover over valleys wending their way through the southern spine of the Appalachian Mountains. To the west, Blue Mountain broods like a bulky shadow, concealing its ancient geological secrets in dense forest. Deer and other wildlife roam in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area and hikers jog the Appalachian Trail. On the other side of Blue Mountain flows the fabled Shenandoah River, meandering lazily to meet the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry.
Orchard Hill Mountain is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a system of mountains, hills and plateaus that were formed some 400 million years ago when Africa collided with North America. The Blue Ridge form the backbone of the Appalachian Mountain chain, the oldest mountains in North America.
In 2011, the United States Board on Geologic Names officially designated our mountain as "Orchard Hill Mountain" and entered the name into the Geographic Names Information System, the nation's official geographic names repository.