The navigation for the trail as recorded starts at the parking area because at the Carl Sandburg home the wonders start nearly that quickly. Shortly after leaving the car you will come to the first lake on the property. This is skirted by an easy trail to walk. The lake offers a tranquil place to site and reflect for the people that may have troubles making the hike to the top of Glassy Mountain.
Next along the path is the home place itself. A beautiful multi level home sitting at the top of a hillside meadow, the home was established as a national historic site in 1968. It was passed on by his wife for this purpose.
The home Built in 1838 became Sandburg's in 1945 and here he spent the last 22 years of his life. It houses his library of 10,000 books notes and papers.
More information on this location can be found at www.historichendersonville.org.
The trail to the top of Glassy Mountain (Big Glassy Trail) starts just beyond the house and before the goat barn but can also be accessed as it was in this trip by taking the truck path toward the trout pond across from the goat barn. This is the last bit of nearly flat ground before getting to the top.
Shortly (about 0.1mi) after passing the trout pond is the junction of Big Glassy Trail, Little Glassy Trail and a trail that will return you to the house. Following the Big Glassy Trail to the left and up hill from the sign takes you the rest of the way to the top. This is where the trail takes a slightly more upward turn also.
All along the trail there are small natural treasures to behold making this a great educational trail. There are well spaced benches placed along the trail for catching your breath if needed.
Once on the top of the mountain you will find views to Mount Pisgah and beyond. To the North East Laurel Park can be seen. At the end of Laurel Park Highway is another of Hendseron County's treasures, Jump Off Rock.
The top of the mountain and Big Glassy offer a great place to survey the mountains in and surrounding Henderson County as well as a great place for a picnic to reward the efforts made in reaching this awe inspiring vista.