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Glassblowing at Nantahala School for the Arts
Glassblowing at Nantahala School for the Arts

Welcome to a world

of unforgettable

hand-made experiences


Across the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, every county, town and hamlet creates its own song of craft.

We welcome you to come and explore, to make something original by hand when

This is one of the world’s most intense and dramatic craft landscapes. 

Start anywhere you’d like and, at the end, you’ll find yourself enriched by the discoveries you’ll make, lifted up by folks you’ll meet along the way and captivated by the original experiences only you can claim.



Mountain Arts and Crafts Destinations 

Follow the Quilt Trails Across Western North Carolina

barn quiltQuilt 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.