The Trail Less Traveled at Carl Sandburg Home
October 26, 2021
Asheville is uniquely located near mountains, waterfalls, and forests with trails to see them all. We love the Blue Ridge Parkway but so does everyone else. Get off the beaten path with a trip to Flat Rock, just 30 miles south of Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast.
This National Historic Site is the legacy of one of America’s great poets, Carl Sandburg. His work reflected what he saw in war, poverty, civil rights, and immigration, earning him the Pulitzer Prive in 1951.
The house remains closed due to the pandemic but the surrounding grounds, goat farm, and trails are open to the public daily. Navigating the 5-mile trail system is easy. Both well marked and groomed, several trails loop so you can choose the appropriate length and difficulty. Since mostly forested, the trails offer a respite from the summer heat.
Park at the Hiker’s Lot off Little River Road. Take the service drive to the Connemara Farm where Mrs. Sandburg raised dairy goats. Their descendants can be viewed in the pastures. Follow the Orchard Trail then bear right to Big Glassy Mountain. While moderately uphill, there are plenty of benches to sit a spell in the woods. Continue for a little more than one mile, reaching the rock outcropping but with limited views due to tree cover. Return via the same trail until halfway back; add length by looping on Memminger or Little Glassy Trails.
While in Flat Rock, venture to Marked Tree…a point along the way, a moment to reflect, a marker in life. Flights are table-side, seated on an extended patio overlooking the vines. Pair your grapes with a charcuterie board. If it’s fall, there are plenty of outdoor heaters and a ghost fireplace for warmth but layers are always recommended.
Visit their sister location in downtown Asheville. The tasting room is open daily at 14 Aston Street.
At the end of a day in Flat Rock, bring home a bottle of wine to enjoy on the terrace at Pinecrest, complete with a fire pit to light. We’ll take care of you when you stay at our historic bed & breakfast!