Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, Gatlinburg

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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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  • Enjoyable drive around an 8 mile loop filled with unique crafts; most of which are handmade. I usually try to get a couple Christmas gifts while I visit. You can stop at the shops of interest, where s...  more »
  • Lots to see here. Love all the art work. Always finding something I can't live without on this drive and get to see the beautiful scenery also.  more »
  • There are a lot of shops on the loop so allow plenty of time if you want to stop at a lot of them. Some items get repetitive so you will start skipping a few. Unique hand made items - just depends upo...  more »

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