North Carolina Arts Trails

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

African American Music Trail

African American Music Trail

Experience the deep ties between music and community along the African American Music Trails, including stops at the Kinston Music Park, historic sites and local eateries.

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.


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.

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.



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North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

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