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T H E G O O D WA L K

GO
WHEN YOU

DIRECTIONS: Take 1-26 Exit 53 south of
Hendersonville, NC, follow Upward Road westward
for 1.3 miles, continue straight on North Highland
Lake Road, go another 1.1 miles, turn left onto NC
225, continue an additional .8 mile, turn right onto
Little River Road and come to the parking area in
.2 mile.
LEFT: Sloping rock faces are
a feature of the trail.
ABOVE: The Sandburg home
is reflected in Front Lake.
ABOVE RIGHT: Connemara
was built in 1839 and
modified many times before
Carl and Lillian Sandburg
moved there in 1945.

BREAKFAST?

MORE INFORMATION: A trail map is at
nps.gov/carl.

OK, maybe it's not really healthy,
but would you pass up fresh baked
cinnamon rolls with cream cheese
icing from nearby Honey and Salt
(honeyandsaltnc.com), less than a
mile from Connemara?

and forest. Tours (nominal fee) are 30 minutes long, but
if your time is limited, be sure to at least take in the orientation movie to better understand what you're seeing
on your walk. Access to the home is, of course, COVIDdependent.
Lillian Sandburg's desire for a warmer climate and
more room to raise her internationally acclaimed herd
of goats brought her and her husband to North Carolina. The goats wandering in and around the barn represent Lillian's herd and, since visitors are welcome to pet
the young ones, this is often the historic site's busiest

and most gleeful spot.
Beyond the barn, the orchard and the
trout pond (which Sandburg never used),
the Glassy Mountain Trail-a pathway more
than 100 years old-rises past benches to
attain its namesake summit. Although vegetation has
grown up to limit the views of the Great Smoky and Blue
Ridge Mountains the Sandburgs enjoyed, nearby ridges
still frame the horizon.
On the way back to the parking lot, be on the lookout for the abundance of wildflowers that may have been
overlooked on the outbound trek. A book of pressed flowers created by Sandburg's daughter, Margaret, included
trailing arbutus, bluets, violets, fire pink and Indian pipe.
Find out more about Leonard's walking and hiking adventures at habitualhiker.com.

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