Great shops to look for pictures, pottery, leather crafts, home made soaps, and many other unique items, all in this 8 mile Smokey Mountain loop.
A pleasant diversion from the crowds of tourists in downtown Gatlinburg. I saw several craftsman working hard today. A real pleasure for a returning vacationer. I enjoyed the history of several buildings that were moved to create this TREASURE. I highly recommend that you find this place. Visits like these makes me want to return.
This is a great strip to visit if you want to find unique stuff. There are clusters of artist shops along the 8 miles. Make sure to grab a map at one of the locations for up to date Info as a lot of these places aren't listed on Google maps and hours of operation vary from Google maps too.
Fun thing to spend about a half a day doing. A bit away from the strip in Gatlinburg so more peaceful, quiet and leisurely. Plenty of free parking but the shops are spread out over a few miles so it's better to drive and park wherever you want to stop unless you just enjoy walking several miles. Most of the items appeared to be hand made but there definitely was some made in China garbage thrown in the mix. The Glades soda fountain was the only place open to get food or drinks. We got 2 chili cheese beef hot dogs, 2 bags of chips and a big glass of sweet tea for $10 for lunch. Not bad. The girl running the place was very sweet. This shopping area is a great place to find a unique gift for someone besides the usual tourist merchandise (t-shirts, hats, keychains, etc.) They have everything from jewelry, candles, knives, to pot holders, pottery, paintings and wood crafts.
This is a group of stores and buildings along a loop with many places to stop and look and shop. Unfortunately when I was there, even though it was a beautiful Summer day more then half of the places were closed. But of the ones that were opened there were some nice shops. But it was just disappointing so many were closed.
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