One of the best attractions in Gatlinburg lies off the beaten path, along quiet winding roads. These peacefully wooded byways will take you on a gloriously artisan adventure through the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. This wonderfully scenic driving loop is lined with shops from over 100 local artists. Creations include blown glass, pottery, paintings, photography, wood working, leather shops, natural beauty products, country crafts, antiques, gift shops and so much more.
Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Driving Loop
The Arts & Crafts Community is truly a fan-favorite. A visit to the loop allows you to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the main Gatlinburg strip. The loop is heavily wooded, which makes for a beautiful drive. And, with over 100 different artisans, there really is something for everyone.
Throughout the beginning of the loop there are many individual artists scattered along the route. As you continue on, there will be many vendor clusters and shopping complexes that gather a variety or artisans in one place. Many of these complexes also have cafes and food vendors in case you’re feeling peckish.
Wherever you stop first, be sure to pick up a loop map. All the artisans, have free pre-printed maps that list the different vendors and their locations. This includes eateries in addition to the arts and crafts vendors. You can also view the map online, if you’d like to plan your individual stops in advance.
Many of the artists are on-site actively creating masterpieces throughout the day. It can be so captivating to watch an artist at work, turning nothing into something visually stunning and inspiring. During special events, you may even be allowed to get hands on yourself. Several artists also offer paid lessons.
The community hosts 3 annual craft fairs at the Gatlinburg convention Center. The fairs are seasonal in November, December, and April, which makes them a great opportunity for purchasing Christmas or holiday gifts. Admission to the craft fairs is always free.
Whether you’re in town for the day or the week, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Happy exploring, y’all!