Artists In The Loop

Woman hand sewing a quilt

Ask anyone who's been to Gatlinburg and they'll tell you that some of their favorite take-home treasures were found on the Arts and Crafts Loop, an eight-mile stretch that's home to the largest group of independent artisans in the country. The shops, studios and galleries that line the route are filled with the one-of-a-kind works of more than 100 gifted craftspeople. From woodworking to pottery making to basket weaving, authentic Appalachian art takes a variety of (often functional) forms. You'll find beautiful pottery, hand-made quilts, candles, brooms and baskets. Afterwards, stop by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where artists from across the globe gather for workshops that keep Appalachian arts like painting, glassblowing and metalworking alive. The route is just a few short miles from Gatlinburg hotels; the yellow trolley takes you there for just $1 each way.

Address: Hwy 321