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Blue Ridge Craft Trail

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 stripes—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!


Cashiers

Zachary Tolbert House

Zachary-Tolbert House

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

Mountain Mist Gallery

Curated by gallery owner David Berger, the collections on display highlight regional artists.

Wofford Sculpture Studio

Wofford Sculpture Studio

Famed sculptor Wesley Wofford’s reclaimed barn houses a gallery, mold shop and examples of past creations.

Cullowhee

Mountain Heritage Center

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 WCU

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

Rogers Metal Studio

This authentic, working blacksmith forge offers classes and tours by appointment. Watch artisans work on new commissions and restore heirloom pieces.

Dillsboro

Dogwood Crafters

Dogwood Crafters

One-of-a-kind mountain crafts and in-person craft workshops are the highlights of this institution (around since 1974).

Monteith Farmstead

Monteith Farmstead

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

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

Green Energy Park

Methane, harvested from onsite decomposition, powers pottery kilns, blacksmithing forges and glass blowing furnaces at this revolutionary, eco-minded project.

Sylva

Rotunda Gallery

Rotunda Gallery

The former Jackson County courthouse — overseen by the Jackson County Arts Council — hosts exhibits throughout the year.

Gallery1Sylva

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.

Barkwood Studio

Barkwood Studio

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,

Shira Forge

Shira Forge

Local blacksmith Matthew Shirey fires axes, hatchets, knives — including the famed Kephart knife — and even flying pans in this working forge.

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