Watch artisans at work at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, a 13 km (8 mi) two-lane loop, which features a series of shops, studios, galleries, and cafes. Established in 1937, the community is one of the largest groups of independent artisans in North America, with over 120 working artists and craftspeople. Pick up unique treasures such as woodcarvings, hand-made pottery, stained glass, willow baskets, and handcrafted musical instruments. Observe the artisans during live demonstrations in their workshops. You can also enjoy something to eat or drink at one of the cafes along the loop. Our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner makes visiting Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and other Gatlinburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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This is where you want to go if you really want handmade items and not Made in China. So many lovely little shops and the owners are wonderful. more »
A wide variety of handcrafted items from local artists. Most shops function as the artist's studio. It's an 8 Mile drive with shops along both sides of road. Requires motor transportation to go between shops. There is a map with all the studios/shops listed. We got our map from one of the artists. Almost all shops also carried items made by other local artists. We visited artist studios for: knives, blown glass, oil paintings, photography, rugs, brooms, birdhouses, woodcarving, jewelry, rocks, soap, and candles.
Lots of artists and crafters most of the buildings have multiple shops. It's located about 10 minutes outside of the actual town of Gatlinburg. If you love homemade crafts and beautiful art it's well worth the trek.
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