Follow any road in Yancey County’s Toe River Valley, and you’re likely to arrive at an artist’s studio. Hundreds of artists and crafters live and create along the rural backroads, drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty. Artists work with clay, glass, wood, metal, fiber, paint and more. Toe River Arts hosts a studio tour twice a year to give people an opportunity to meet and talk with artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties. As you journey through the country from one studio to the next, you’ll meet artists and have an opportunity to purchase original pieces straight from the source.
This driving tour through Mitchell and Yancey Counties will take visitors along the meandering Toe River, across its many bridges, around barns, acres of fields, and miles of forests all while visiting the talented studio artists and galleries participating.