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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  • We spent an entire day visiting crafters on this loop, some were great some were not several were not open, we were very disappointed that some we wanted to visit were closed  more »
  • We drove through the community on a Monday in December and were disappointed that many of the shops were not open. However, those that were open were interesting and had friendly, talkative salesclerk...  more »
  • What an incredible experience! Driving in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and we happen on this trail of incredible local artists and artisans. We bought handmade soaps, olive oils, jams and fudge. We w...  more »

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