It’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month In Hendersonville

Watch a potter turn a hunk of clay into an elaborate vase, see jewelers transform metal and stone into elegant accents, or learn how a painter uses tiny brushstrokes to create a multicolor masterpiece.

These experiences and more await along the Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Henderson County. Three distinct trails guide visitors through the towns of Hendersonville and Flat Rock, and into the countryside, showcasing nationally renowned artists in their studios and galleries.

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area launched the trails in January and is working with the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority to celebrate these artists and their talents with Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month.

“We love the idea of showcasing these three craft trails for the month of July,” says Leslie Hartley of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “It’s a time when the weather is nice, and people can venture out across the countryside to visit the studios. Plus, the artists are friendly and eager to welcome visitors back into their studios and galleries.”

The three trails are: Touring the Heart of Hendersonville, Wandering Flat Rock and Finding Wonders in the Outskirts. The self-guided trails allow visitors to create their own itineraries, providing a safe way for visitors to return to traveling while supporting small businesses.

“Hendersonville has so much to offer in the way of art,” says Beth Carden, Henderson County tourism director. “Whether you want to visit with artists and watch them work or shop for finished pieces in a gallery setting, you choose the experience.”

Renowned craft curator Anna Fariello worked to identify the best of the best for the Blue Ridge Craft Trails locations in Henderson County. While most galleries keep regular hours, some studios are open by appointment only, so visitors should call ahead.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come and see something different that they won’t see in other places and actually get to know the people who make the crafts,” says Rodney Leftwich of Leftwich Pottery. “There is a story behind every artist and artisan out there.”

To learn more about summer activities in Hendersonville, go to or call (800) 828-4244.