Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on October 1, 2019
When autumn settles into the Smokies, there are two things you can always count on – the turning of the foliage and an abundance of craft shows and festivals. There's something about the changing of the seasons that makes this the ideal time of year for arts and crafts. They're a big deal around here about now – a bigger deal than they already are. So this week, we'll give you an overview of all the opportunities you'll have during October to get out and see what craftspeople from the Smokies – and around the country – have to offer.
We'll start with one of the biggest craft events of the year, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair, which will be at the Gatlinburg Convention Center October 10 through 27. Filling 150,000 square feet of exhibitor space, this year's fair welcomes artisans and craftsmen from all over the nation. Some 200 booths will showcase unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade products, and many of the artisans on hand will be demonstrating their skills as well. Participants are admitted only through a rigorous jury process, which ensures the handmade quality of the merchandise. Look for a wide range of crafts, from pottery and leatherwork to jewelry and homemade candles. The event also includes a DIY kids' crafting area and a music stage, where contemporary country, bluegrass and gospel performances are scheduled for 12 and 3 p.m. daily.
In the meantime, guest crafters from across the nation have already converged on Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge for the annual Dollywood Harvest Festival, which is currently under way and continues through November 2. Of course, the park is already home to a section called Craftsman's Valley, where resident crafters practice their skills and display their work on a daily basis throughout the year. But for Harvest Festival, even more skilled artisans are set up throughout the park to offer an even wider variety of handmade products and merchandise. This year, look for crafts like clay jewelry, glass painting, pottery, silverware jewelry and custom woodworking.
Another big event that's already taking place is the annual Rotary Club Crafts Festival, which is currently set up under the big tent at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. This festival also features talented artists and crafters from across the region, and admission is free, although donations to support local charities are encouraged. The Rotary Club Crafts Festival continues through October 26.
Of course, visitors to the Smokies can find arts and crafts here all year long. As we mentioned, Dollywood has its own resident crafters on site from March through early January, and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the year-round home to some of the area's best craftsmen. The community consists of an eight-mile auto loop (Glades Rd., Buckhorn Rd., U.S. Hwy. 321) that passes the studios, shops and galleries of more than 100 artists and craftsmen. They always have their products on display, and you can often find them at work, producing their art. The community offers free parking as well as a number of restaurants and food vendors where you can stop for a bite. Dozens of craft forms are represented, including carving, weaving, painting, casting, soap making, pottery, candle making and more. Artisans from the community host two craft events of their own each year at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, one at Easter and one before Thanksgiving.
You know what else goes great with autumn? Ziplining! Our Smoky Mountain zip line adventure will be open throughout fall, and honestly, we're coming into one of our favorite seasons of the year. Pleasant temperatures, turning fall leaves, sweeping mountain vistas and the adrenaline-pumping excitement of ziplining through the treetops all add up to a great fall day in the Smokies!