Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Connemara Hiking Trails, Flat Rock





Carl Sandburg's home is nearby in Flat Rock and there are several trails there to hike with water features to enjoy. We visited last year about his time and spend the better part of our day there. There are picnic areas in the front next to Side Lake (see above) and a trail going around Front Lake below(very imaginative names, don't you think?)





This trail is easy and well-maintained trail and courses through the wooded property, encircling the Front Lake and heading to the summits of Glassy Mountain and Little Glassy Mountain. Along the way, shiny patches of galax, violet, plantain, and periwinkle, grow beneath the rhododendron, mountain laurel, huckleberry, and dogwood understory. A second-growth, of oak-hickory forms the canopy.


From the parking area, the trail meanders uphill to the Main House and barn area where the bleating kids and goats beckon even the most avid hikers for a short detour. Today's goats are descendants of the prize-winning herd Sandburg's wife, Paula, raised. I will post about them another time.





The well-marked trail (2 mile round trip) to Glassy Mountain begins at the Main House and climbs steadily but comfortably with benches along the way. This old quarry pond sits at the base of the rail. While the view en route is best before foliage, the vista from the summit offers a spectacular year-round panorama of Mount Pisgah and its neighboring peaks. Connecting trails for a longer hike lead to Little Glassy Mountain and around the Front Lake where beavers, Canada geese, song birds and mallard ducks make their home.








Hope you enjoyed our visit to Connemara Trails. Please do stop by Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday for more great posts.

18 comments:

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful natur! Love the nr 2 with the great reflection in water.

Judy said...

Looks like a wonderful walking trail! I would love to visit! My favourite photo is the sixth one, with the rock face reflected in the water! Kind of dizzying, for some reason, but I love it anyway!

Hood Photo Blog said...

What a gorgeous place! Have a good rest of the week!

Hood Photo Blog

Kea said...

That looks like a wonderful trail! We haven't anything mountainous in this immediate region--you have to go north a bit or south, into NY state. Here in Kingston things are pretty flat! Lovely, but no vistas like that.

EG Wow said...

Oh, this looks like a wonderful place for hiking! Thanks for introducing it to me. :) Now all I have to do is figure out when and how I'll get there. :)

Snap said...

What a beautiful place! I especially like the photo with the reflection of the clouds in the sky, but they are all beautiful!

LV said...

What a lovely area. I would have had to join the fellow on the bench after all this walking. Very nice post. Thank you for your visit and comment.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a lovely trail and an easy walk. The scenery is beautiful. Wonderful photos!Have a great week!

Old Kitty said...

Connemara trails with a Side and Front Lake!:-)

Stunning.

I felt as if I was walking along with you - this is a beautiful peaceful and lovely place. It's so good to see footpaths and walking trails available and well maintained - with handy benches along the way.

This is a perfect outdoor Wednesday!
p.s. I love you new look blog!!!

take care
x

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots. This looks like the kind of trail I would love to take - lots of water. :-)

Greyscale Territory said...

Fantastic walking trails for enjoying Nature's beauty! Love this collection of photos!

BPOTW said...

What a great tour!

J Bar said...

great scenery
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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, It's good to hear from you again... I have been by Sandburg's home ---but never in it.. I didn't know about all of the trails around there. That is just so special and we'd love hiking those trails.

However, I have been sidelined for a couple of months with knee problems which led to surgery... NO fun for a hiker!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Rinkly Rimes said...

Lovely watery views but I think you should have a competition to rename Front and Side!

cat said...

Such lovely photos of a very scenic place. I love the beautiful water reflections.

Linda said...

That looks like a wonderful place to spend some time! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica said...

Beautiful photos.

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