Exploring Craft Heritage

Appalachian Crafts in the NC Mountains

Visitors from all over the globe come to the North Carolina mountains and foothills in search of fine Appalachian crafts. Here visitors can meet mountain artists in their studios, participate in hands-on demonstrations, and sample a great variety of crafts at festivals, galleries, and museums. Many also come to the region's venerable craft schools-for a weekend, a week, or longer-to hone their skills or learn a new craft.

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Mountain Arts and Crafts Destinations - Learn About Craft Heritage in NC

Follow the Quilt Trails Across Western North Carolina

Quilt Trails are a form of public art in mostly rural areas. These colorful squares are installed on barns, outbuildings, community buildings in small towns and elswhere. Look for these traditional quilt patterns as you drive. 


Visit an Arts and Crafts Gallery or Studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The North Carolina mountains and foothills are renowned for the quality and variety of arts and crafts galleries and mountain artist studios in cities and small towns across the region. Any arts and crafts gallery or studio is a wonderful place to sample the local arts culture and to meet the artists themselves.

Download a copy of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's Visitor Map brochure for specific sites in the region where you can meet the artists, view their work, and purchase some of the finest handcrafted art in the nation.  Also, keep an eye on our Festivals & Events pages for studio tours, arts and crafts festivals, and special openings.