Things to Do at Highland Lake: Carl Sandburg Home NHS

In additions to Highland Lake Inn and our Henderson, NC vacation rentals, there is a wide variety of recreational activities to choose from just down the road from Highland Lake in Flat Rock, NC. One of the most popular attractions in town is the famous Carl Sandburg Home National Historical Site (NHS), where the poet laureate resided for many years and constucted some of his most celebrated pieces of verse.

Located within about a five minute drive from our Highland Lake rentals, the Carl Sandburg Home features the poets original home and estate, consisting of over 250 acres of hiking trails, ponds, rocky overlooks, forests and a working goat farm. Visitors can visit the Sandburg home and enjoy a 30 minute tour featuring thousands of artifacts that offer glimpses into the peaceful, pastoral life that Mr and Mrs Sandburg enjoyed during that latter years of their lives. In their day, Mrs. Sandburg was nearly as celebrated as a goat breeder as her husband was a poet, and the Carl Sandburg Home has plenty of fascinating information on how she rose to prominence as one of the most industrious female goat breeders of her time.

Outdoor enthusiasts who are exploring the area from our Highland Lake rentals can take their pick from several different hiking trails ranging from leisurely to moderately strenuous. Adventurous hikers should be sure to take a stroll up Glassy Trail to the Glassy Mountain peak, which features a bald outcropping overlooking Hendersonville that Sandburg himself no doubt enjoyed during his residence on the estate.

Guests visiting our North Carolina lake cabins should be aware that the park can get a little busy on the weekends during our peak months, so it may be helpful to plan ahead and visit Carl Sandburg Home NHS during the morning hours in order to avoid the crowds. However, the more strenous hikes at the park offer visitors hours of peaceful solitude once you get away from the more popular areas of the estate. Families visiting the park will find plenty of opportunities for children to enjoy at the estate itself, including a full calendar of ranger led activities that is available for review at the Carl Sandburg Home’s website.

Our Highland Lake rentals offer visitors to Flat Rock and Hendersonville, NC the perfect location to explore all of the natural and cultural attractions that Western North Carolina has to offer. Take a moment now to contact us for information on our affordable cabin and cottage rental rates by contacting Diana at 1-800-873-0224.