Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Home of poet Carl Sandburg and his family. Located on 264-acres in Western North Carolina. The site includes 5-miles of hiking trails, a dairy goat farm and offers daily tours of the Sandburg Home.
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  • jking3353
    Lakeland, Florida11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Handicapped Happiness
    Such a wonderful day we spent at the Carl Sandburg house! My husband is handicapped and the park staff was so accommodating. The shuttle picked us up at the main parking lot right by the handicapped parking. They dropped us off at the show entitled The Rutabaga Tales which starts at 10:15 on Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 5.Such a fun show for children as well as adults! As we were trying to walk up to the house for a tour that we booked the night before for $1 a piece, one of the park staff offered us a ride in the golf cart. We toured the house and the guide was so informative. Everything in the house is original. We were picked up in the golf cart again and taken down to the barn to pet the goats. From there, we took the park shuttle back to the parking lot. We are so grateful to the park staff. You made our day!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • meteacher
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carl Sandburg Experience!
    What a great experience!!! Our guide was wonderful, both friendly and knowledgeable! We learned so much about the entire Sandburg family!The grounds are excellent for hiking and the rangers taught us a lot about the goats on the farm. We really enjoyed mingling with the goats and even brushing them. Wonderful experience for 3 teachers on a girl weekend!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carl Sandburg Home
    This is the home of a well known poet and author. His wife raised prize-winning goats. The house sits on the side of a hill, with a large meadow covering the steep hillside beneath it. Normally, it's a short walk from the parking area to the house, but due to construction, we had to take a longer path to the house. (The park service does have shuttles running from the house to the parking lot, but we didn't learn about the shuttles until after we arrived at the house.) There are tours of the home available, but we were limited on time, so we didn't tour the home. We did enjoy the view from the house. We then walked down the road to the goat barn. There were about a dozen goats, which visitors can pet, brush and read to! (Yes, they had books so you can read to the goats.) We also checked out the goat barn and the milk house.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Sue E
    Schererville, Indiana105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historical place
    I so enjoy going through historical homes of famous people. This was a very nice area. There were many walking trails. They had a goat farm where you could mingle with the goats. You could take a tour of the house. Recommend ordering tickets for that in advance. Only 10 can take the tour. Online told us there were no tours, then when we got there- there were tours. Be sure to notice that there are not tours every day. So I did not tour the house, but there was a place online that you could tour virtually. Very little parking. Sign said we could park across the street, and then when we got across the street, there was a play and it said Play parking only.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Randy W
    Bahama, North Carolina127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Caution-the bridge is out, must walk trail around the lake.
    The bridge from the parking lot to the property was closed for repairs. It must have been closed for a number of months or even years because the lake area was drained waterless and the basin was densely overgrown with weeds. The way to the house and grounds was to walk around the lake bed, which was possibly 1/2 - 3/4 mile. Not until we were at the house did we find out there was shuttle service by golf cart from parking lots to the house. We would have used it to go up the steep hill and trail around the lake. A sign should have been posted about the service with the sign saying the bridge was closed. The site was well kept and we happened upon a Sunday when they had a special event with music and stories from Sandburg’s work. It was vey pleasant. The tours through the house were too few. They should start tour’s every 15 - 20 minutes because so many visitors were turned away. If it wasn’t for the special event we would have learned almost nothing about the Sandburgs.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Arthur G
    Endicott, New York889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of America's poet
    The house is as it was left by Mrs. Sandburg in the 1960s. There are 12000 books in the building. It was interesting to see his typewriter and office. We took a tour which required a reservation and lasted about 45 minutes. There is a bookstore, a film in the garage, a dairy barn and goat shed. The parking lot is small. There is a shuttle to the house that runs every 20 min. but they stop for an hour for lunch. It is a long walk from the parking lot around the lake to the house because the bridge is out.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Hatzlacha
    Virginia914 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must include the home tour
    Overall it's a rather unique property. To say that he was widely read is a massive understatement. Oh so many books on so many subjects. Very inspiring to any avid (or aspiring) reader. Seemed like a unique life, between his writings and his wife's goat farm. Both had amazing work ethics. It's always interesting when the NPS keeps the furniture, appliances, and electronics that were around at that time. A great snapshot of Americana in that sense. The grounds are easy to walk about and seemed restorative, from the barns and the goats to the walking paths. A shout-out to the NPS lady guide who was eminently professional and seemed quite well-versed in the site and the Sandburg's lives. Not many NPS staff are that prepared and enthusiastic. I would most definitely recommend visiting if in the area.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2024
  • gostartraveler
    Forked River, New Jersey1,896 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great NPS site, one of the better ones
    This is one of the better sites of the National Park Service. If you have difficulties walking the trail up to the house, the shuttle holds five people plus a wheelchair in the back. We got to the bookstore underneath the house where we apologized for being 10 minutes late. No worries, they were able to accomodate us, and since we were a group of five, we pretty much had a private tour. And our group included my kid, so they were given a lanyard containing cards with (I think) five photos of items to find on the tour. Nice way to involve the younger ones who may not be that interested in seeing a house or learning who Sandburg (and his family) were (but not my kid.... ;) ) As the docent states, the house appears just as Mrs. Sandburg left it in 1968, and it looks like the couple went for a walk. Indeed, in the living room, on a side table is an empty glass and a box of tissues. The house is two stories plus a basement, and no elevator. However, for those who couldn't make it to the second floor (as one member of my group was unable to), there is a book where one could look at the various things the docent would talk about - and our particular one said she would talk loudly so she could be heard on the first floor. My kid loved the goats, which was probably the highlight of the visit. They got to pet the various goats. Note: We put in the GPS the address of 1800 Little River Road, which brought us to the Hikers' Parking Lot. The main parking lot is before that! Coming from NC 225, the parking lot is on the left and comes up rather quickly.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
  • Ghostrainchaser
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit a snapshot in time!
    Having learned many of his short poems in grade school I learned much more about the man, his family and a multitude of talents. I learned that he travelled before he settled in Flat Rock for his last 1/3 of his life writing prose and music and an advocate for Civil Rights. Upon his death his wife shuttered the house and moved to Asheville and donated the home as is to the National Park Service. What you see is EXACTLY the way it was when he passed. Your visit will be an interesting view of a snapshot in time. Not to be missed.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2024
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LRR2222
Columbia, SC385 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
A lot has changed since I was last at this historic site. There was a bridge over a beautiful lake which started your trek up to the house but it has been drained and the bridge is under construction. It’s still a decent place to get a little walk through nature and not too difficult to navigate. Being off-season I thought we’d be able to grab a tour of the house but I was told they booked one month in advance. The best part of the whole visit was the volunteers at the goat barn. They were so happy to engage with everybody and you can read a book to a goat or brush them if you are so inclined. All in all since it was free it’s a pleasant way to spend a beautiful day and we witnessed a lot of people walking their dogs on the trails.
Written September 19, 2022
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A. Davis
Tennessee Ridge, TN24 contributions
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Feb 2022 • Family
We stopped here for a quick stretch our legs break on a longer drive and it was an excellent choice! My teens and I loved petting the goats and my English teacher heart adored seeing the grounds where Sandburg finished out his life. The house was closed due to Covid, but it’s a beautiful stroll and there are lots of hiking trails too. I do recommend parking at the hiker’s lot for an easier walk up, if you struggle with steeper walks.
Written February 20, 2022
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Sue E
Schererville, IN105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I so enjoy going through historical homes of famous people. This was a very nice area. There were many walking trails. They had a goat farm where you could mingle with the goats. You could take a tour of the house. Recommend ordering tickets for that in advance. Only 10 can take the tour. Online told us there were no tours, then when we got there- there were tours. Be sure to notice that there are not tours every day. So I did not tour the house, but there was a place online that you could tour virtually. Very little parking. Sign said we could park across the street, and then when we got across the street, there was a play and it said Play parking only.
Written October 20, 2023
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jking3353
Lakeland, FL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Such a wonderful day we spent at the Carl Sandburg house! My husband is handicapped and the park staff was so accommodating. The shuttle picked us up at the main parking lot right by the handicapped parking. They dropped us off at the show entitled The Rutabaga Tales which starts at 10:15 on Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 5.Such a fun show for children as well as adults! As we were trying to walk up to the house for a tour that we booked the night before for $1 a piece, one of the park staff offered us a ride in the golf cart. We toured the house and the guide was so informative. Everything in the house is original. We were picked up in the golf cart again and taken down to the barn to pet the goats. From there, we took the park shuttle back to the parking lot. We are so grateful to the park staff. You made our day!
Written July 22, 2023
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Hatzlacha
Virginia914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Overall it's a rather unique property. To say that he was widely read is a massive understatement. Oh so many books on so many subjects. Very inspiring to any avid (or aspiring) reader. Seemed like a unique life, between his writings and his wife's goat farm. Both had amazing work ethics. It's always interesting when the NPS keeps the furniture, appliances, and electronics that were around at that time. A great snapshot of Americana in that sense. The grounds are easy to walk about and seemed restorative, from the barns and the goats to the walking paths. A shout-out to the NPS lady guide who was eminently professional and seemed quite well-versed in the site and the Sandburg's lives. Not many NPS staff are that prepared and enthusiastic. I would most definitely recommend visiting if in the area.
Written March 16, 2024
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gostartraveler
Forked River, NJ1,896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is one of the better sites of the National Park Service. If you have difficulties walking the trail up to the house, the shuttle holds five people plus a wheelchair in the back. We got to the bookstore underneath the house where we apologized for being 10 minutes late. No worries, they were able to accomodate us, and since we were a group of five, we pretty much had a private tour.

And our group included my kid, so they were given a lanyard containing cards with (I think) five photos of items to find on the tour. Nice way to involve the younger ones who may not be that interested in seeing a house or learning who Sandburg (and his family) were (but not my kid.... ;) )

As the docent states, the house appears just as Mrs. Sandburg left it in 1968, and it looks like the couple went for a walk. Indeed, in the living room, on a side table is an empty glass and a box of tissues.

The house is two stories plus a basement, and no elevator. However, for those who couldn't make it to the second floor (as one member of my group was unable to), there is a book where one could look at the various things the docent would talk about - and our particular one said she would talk loudly so she could be heard on the first floor.

My kid loved the goats, which was probably the highlight of the visit. They got to pet the various goats.

Note: We put in the GPS the address of 1800 Little River Road, which brought us to the Hikers' Parking Lot. The main parking lot is before that! Coming from NC 225, the parking lot is on the left and comes up rather quickly.
Written April 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This is the home of a well known poet and author. His wife raised prize-winning goats.

The house sits on the side of a hill, with a large meadow covering the steep hillside beneath it. Normally, it's a short walk from the parking area to the house, but due to construction, we had to take a longer path to the house. (The park service does have shuttles running from the house to the parking lot, but we didn't learn about the shuttles until after we arrived at the house.)

There are tours of the home available, but we were limited on time, so we didn't tour the home. We did enjoy the view from the house. We then walked down the road to the goat barn. There were about a dozen goats, which visitors can pet, brush and read to! (Yes, they had books so you can read to the goats.) We also checked out the goat barn and the milk house.
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ghostrainchaser
Highlands Ranch, CO285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Having learned many of his short poems in grade school I learned much more about the man, his family and a multitude of talents. I learned that he travelled before he settled in Flat Rock for his last 1/3 of his life writing prose and music and an advocate for Civil Rights. Upon his death his wife shuttered the house and moved to Asheville and donated the home as is to the National Park Service. What you see is EXACTLY the way it was when he passed. Your visit will be an interesting view of a snapshot in time. Not to be missed.
Written May 18, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Arthur G
Endicott, NY889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The house is as it was left by Mrs. Sandburg in the 1960s. There are 12000 books in the building. It was interesting to see his typewriter and office. We took a tour which required a reservation and lasted about 45 minutes. There is a bookstore, a film in the garage, a dairy barn and goat shed. The parking lot is small. There is a shuttle to the house that runs every 20 min. but they stop for an hour for lunch. It is a long walk from the parking lot around the lake to the house because the bridge is out.
Written November 9, 2023
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Laurie Ashley
Hope Mills, NC758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The walk from the parking lot to the house is pretty steep and about a third of a mile. It’s mostly shaded and so lovely. Lots of benches to take a rest and soak in the views. Boo! To the reviewer who found fault with the park being over grown and closed. During the pandemic, the house tours have been suspended. Also, please note that the restrooms are also closed. The grounds are beautiful and natural. The goats are adorable. I have been visiting for years, but found it especially life-giving today. I needed the quiet and the beauty. Wish I could come daily. Carl Sandburg poetry is highlighted throughout on signs. Just loved my visit today. The house is quite old and it could benefit from a good power wash, but that doesn’t diminish the beauty. Come and take a walk....
Written July 25, 2020
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