Discovering Authentic North Carolina Arts & Crafts
The Blue Ridge Craft Trail in Western North Carolina celebrates the rich artistic heritage and contemporary creations of the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains. And there’s a bounty of stops along its path right here in Jackson County!
A rich cultural experience awaits explorers, travelers, and art fans of all types—and it’s just a tank of gas away.
Discover local art in historic settings. Explore the Blue Ridge Craft Trail.
Blue Ridge Craft Trail Stops
All across Jackson County, the Blue Ridge Craft Trail highlights local artisans specializing in Appalachian folk art, as well as contemporary and indigenous arts and crafts.
Whether you’re in the mood to take in an exhibit, purchase locally crafted one-of-a-kind pieces, or even get hands-on with a class or workshop, it’s all just a one-tank trip here in Jackson County.
From working blacksmith forges in Cullowhee to thoughtfully curated galleries in Cashiers, discover all the Blue Ridge Craft Trail stops in Jackson County right here!
Take a Closer Look
Step back in time and explore Greek Revivalist Architecture here in Cashiers. An authentic colonial North Carolina experience awaits at this historic home.
Mountain Mist Gallery
Curated by gallery owner David Berger, the collections on display highlight regional artists.
Wofford Sculpture Studio
Famed sculptor Wesley Wofford’s reclaimed barn houses a gallery, mold shop and examples of past creations.
Mountain Heritage Center
Discover the rich traditions of the mountains, see the Appalachian region from new perspectives, and leave with an enhanced understanding of its land, culture, and people.
Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University
Regional and International artists are both on display in the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center.
Rogers Metal Studio
This authentic, working blacksmith forge offers classes and tours by appointment. Watch artisans work on new commissions and restore heirloom pieces.
One-of-a-kind mountain crafts and in-person craft workshops are the highlights of this institution (around since 1974).
This historical family home is now the site of the Appalachian Women’s Museum, hosting programs, demonstrations and hands-on activities in celebration of Southeastern Appalachian women.
Tunnel Mountain Crafts
Owner and artist Connie Hogan invites you to browse and shop a selection of strictly handmade and local art, from more than 60 artists, Hogan included.
Green Energy Park
Methane, harvested from onsite decomposition, powers pottery kilns, blacksmithing forges and glass blowing furnaces at this revolutionary, eco-minded project.
The former Jackson County courthouse — overseen by the Jackson County Arts Council — hosts exhibits throughout the year.
Gallery 1 Sylva
The gallery features art from regional artists, all of whom work in the shadows of the Potts Balsams mountains in Western NC.
Working from a studio where her father once turned wooden bowels, this 1880s family farmhouse is now the printmaking, bookbinding, and ceramic tilemaking studio of artist Gayle Woody,
Local blacksmith Matthew Shirey fires axes, hatchets, knives — including the famed Kephart knife — and even flying pans in this working forge.