Eight Miles of Authentic Appalachian Arts and Crafts
Surrounded by the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg has no shortage of natural wonders, and mother nature’s handiwork certainly claims the top spot when it comes to craftsmanship. Almost as impressive, however, are the many beautiful and charming creations of the artisans who’ve set up shop along the Arts and Crafts Loop, an 8-mile expanse where you’ll find more independent artisans clustered together than anywhere else in the United States. Their exhibition spaces, studios, and shops are filled with authentic, handmade Appalachian goods, such as pottery, glassware, woven baskets, dolls, ceramics, leather wares, quilts, brooms, candles, and more, that are not only beautiful, but practical as well. When you’ve finished exploring the many shops along the loop, you might also want to check out the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where popular workshops led by skilled instructors teach folks from around the world time-tested Appalachian arts like metalworking, glassblowing, painting, drawing, and woodworking.