North Carolina Arts Trails

Authentic North Carolina adventures are at your fingertips with the N.C. Arts Council's arts tourism trails!

Blue Ridge Music Trail

Blue Ridge Music Trail

Traditional old-time and bluegrass music have deep roots in North Carolina, none deeper than in the communities surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Cherokee Heritage

Cherokee Heritage Trails

With centuries of history and a profound sense of place, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians constitutes the largest Native American population in North Carolina.


Craft

Discover North Carolina Craft

From functional Native American pottery to high-end contemporary jewelry, craft has been at the center of North Carolina life for centuries.


Historic Happy Valley

Historic Happy Valley

Immortalized in the world-famous ballad, "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley," brought to life in Charles Frazier's award-winning book, Cold Mountain, and recalled in tales of frontiersman Daniel Boone, Historic Happy Valley is a legendary home to the arts, storytelling and living traditions.


HomegrownHandmade

HomegrownHandmade

Looking for the perfect excuse for an escape to the country? Get off the beaten path and encounter authentic folk artisans, farmers and creative entrepreneurs rooted in our state's rural countryside!


Literary Trails

Literary Trails of North Carolina

Explore the hometowns, hangouts, and local hot spots that inspired countless writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and play.


African American Music Trail

African American Music Trail

Go on a fascinating journey to music venues, events, and museums that illuminate the lives of African American musicians from Eastern North Carolina and reveal the deep ties between music and community.

 


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North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Arts Council is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency.
Susan Kluttz, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor