Trails in the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead Area

Here are details on all of the trails at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.

Here is a list of trails in the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Trailhead area. For more information and a map (where available), click the trail name.


Easy, 0.25mi, Climbs Moderately, Few Obstacles

This short path doesn't have an official name, but I'll call it the Entrance Trail since it serves as the public entry way to the main house. It starts as a paved path at the parking area and passes the small visitor center/contact station. It then crosses a bridge over the dam for Front Lake where the stream makes a little waterfall going over the dam. It then goes up the hill to the house, between the driveway and pasture in rows of pine trees. It's the main way to get to the house, and most people should be able to make it up this very short path - even the kids. Continue past the house to get to some of the longer trails on the property.

Front Lake Loop

Easy, 0.4mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles

An easy path around Front Lake - more of a large pond than a lake, but pretty and relaxing nonetheless. There are some great views up thru the front pasture to the main house from this loop. There are connecting trails up to the main house and the trails to Glassy and Little Glassy Mountains as well.

Glassy Mountain

Moderate, 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Blaze Color: Green
Also called just the "Glassy" trail, this one climbs from near the main house up to the round, flat summit of Glassy Mountain, which is the highest point in the park at 2783' elevation. This one is a bit steeper and is longer than the rest of the trails here. It passes an old reservoir and a couple of rock outcroppings thru a pleasant forest with lots of white pines, some of them quite large, before ending at a larger rock opening with a view to the northwest.

Little Glassy Mountain

Moderate, 0.3mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles

Blaze Color: Yellow
Travels over the summit of Little Glassy Mountain from near the main house to the farthest point along the Memminger Loop.


Moderate, 0.9mi, Few Hills, Some Obstacles

Blaze Color: Blue
A pleasant loop around Little Glassy Mountain, starting and ending at the main house. Some parts climb noticeably although even most kids will be able to handle this one. Passes thru some nice forests and over a small rock outcrop, and thru rhododendrons on the west side.

Trout Pond

Moderate, 0.15mi, Climbs Gently, Few Obstacles

This path has no official name. Connects the goat barn area to the trout pond, and then leads up to the Memminger Trail.

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