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.