Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

The largest group of independent artisans in North America. historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frame able art, mixed media and also lodging, restaurants, cafés, tea room, soda fountain and candy shops. Spanning as many as five generations of artisans and over 100 shops, there is something for everyone. These local artists also feature hands on experiences that celebrate the heritage of the Appalachian culture. Join them as they show you how to make your own custom crafts that will bring back memories for years to come. The craftsmanship continues throughout the Community with handcrafted foods that will showcase the art of cooking. Sit and enjoy lunch or pub fare while in the picturesque setting of the Smoky Mountains. Don’t forget about the music! Sprinkled throughout the 8-mile loop, you will find musicians that celebrate the Appalachian history through the art of music. How did all of this get started? Visit The History Trail pathway which allows you to discover the people and events that made Tennessee what it is today.

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668 Glades Road , Gatlinburg , TN 37738