Gatlinburg Crafts Trail
The Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Community Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is celebrating their 80th year! This special community of arts and crafts can be found within an 8-mile loop just 3 miles from the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg’s busy streets. This beautiful, peaceful craft crawl is home to a wide variety of specialty shops in an area known as the Glades.
For many years, people have been quietly discovering one of Gatlinburg’s best kept secrets and taking home precious, handmade heirlooms and keepsakes. Artisans, many of them 3rd and 4th generation crafters, will introduce you to their pioneering ways of making their craft.
With over 100 craft shops, studios, and galleries, there is plenty to see and do. Most shops are open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offer demonstrations of their talents along with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind, heirloom quality keepsakes. Be amazed as you watch and learn! There is a reason Gatlinburg is known for oil paintings, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, leather works, stained glass, art, woodworking, scrimshaw, and candles because they’ve got it all!
To make it easy, there is an Arts & Crafts Trail Trolley that you can catch along Glades Road and Buckhorn Road. For a one-time fare, you’ll enjoy a complete trip along the 8-mile loop. It’s a great way to see everything! The trolley makes frequent stops, allowing you to get on and off as you please and runs April-December. However, should you prefer to drive, there is plenty of free parking outside each shop.
You can easily spend an entire day along the Gatlinburg crafts trail with no worries of a grumbling tummy. You can park yourself at one of the shops that make their own fudge, ice cream, or taffy, such as Fudgewrights or Glades Homemade Candies and Ice Cream Parlor. Or, grab a bite of “Holy Bologna” at Delauders BBQ . There is also the Fox and Parrot English Tavern specializing in English and local draught ales and downtown activities such as real darts and other pub games, and great homemade meals at Morning Mist Café or The Wild Plum.
To find the craftsmen in their natural habitat, turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg onto Hwy 321N and look for the entrance signs at Glades and Buckhorn Roads. A complete list of artists and eateries on the Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Trail can be found on the official Gatlinburg Crafts web site.
Prefer to visit these talented artisans all gathered in one place? Then visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center for special holiday shows. Doors open at 10 a.m. daily and admission is free.
2017 Easter Craft Show
April 12-15, 2017
2017 Thanksgiving Craft Show
November 21-26, 2017
2017 Christmas Craft Show
November 27-December 3