Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Loop#3 in Best Things To Do in Gatlinburg
If you're interested in art and authentic Appalachian crafts, you'll want to spend a day exploring the 8-mile Arts & Crafts loop in and around Gatlinburg. Watch mountain craftsmen and women make brooms, baskets and pottery or peruse the paintings, hand-blown glass and photography at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, which features five galleries with work from local, national and international artists.
Most recent visitors said this was a great way to find special souvenirs unique to the area. Several shoppers recommended picking up the complimentary map in advance to help you decide which of the more than 100 shops and galleries to visit, and some mentioned perks like free parking and out-of-state shipping services offered by many of the stores. Although the trolley does have a route on this loop, reviewers suggested driving to avoid long waits for the trolley pick-up. Winter visitors also noted that from January through April, many stores don't offer regular hours.
Most shops and galleries on the loop are open Monday through Saturday, although hours may vary, and many close on Sundays and keep shorter hours in the winter season from January through April. The loop map is free and is available at the visitor centers and at many hotels and restaurants. For more information about the galleries, shops and studios, visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community website.
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