Plan Your Visit

View of Sandburg Home in fall
View of Sandburg Home in Fall

Carl Sandburg Home NHS is open year round.
The park is located on 270 acres in western North Carolina. The average visit is 2 hours. See the list of things to do below.

  • The Sandburg Home Visitor Center/Park Store and Tours are open Thursday to Sunday (4 days a week) from 10am to 3pm.
  • Sandburg Home tours are available Thursday to Sunday at 11am, 1pm, 2pm. Advance reservations available at 6 people per tour. Tours are free until further notice. Making reservations is highly encouraged. Day-of-visit house tour tickets are usually not available. (The only way to see the furnished interior of the Sandburg Home is through a guided tour.).
  • Park Grounds, Trails and Parking Lots are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Free.
  • Outdoor access to the goats, in the barnyard and pasture, is available from 10am to 3pm daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day). Free.
Please be prepared for your comfort - wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. There is a limited selection of snack foods and water to purchase from the bookstore. Water is available at fountains (bring your own bottle). Please recycle any purchased water bottles.

Free to enter the park, access the park store and information in the ground floor of the Sandburg Home, walk the trails and visit the barn.

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    Free parking is available at the entrance to the park. The parking lot has three oversize vehicle parking spaces for RV's and buses. Vehicles with trailers will be unable to park in these spaces and should use the playhouse lot across the street subject to availability. On busy days the lot fills quickly.

    Additional Parking Options

    • There is a new Hikers' Parking Lot located 1/2 mile down Little River Rd from the Visitor Parking Lot for visitors who are just coming to enjoy a hike in the park.
    • Visitors may use the Flat Rock Playhouse lot directly across the street in the morning until noon and in the afternoon when there are no performances. There will be signs posted at the playhouse to restrict parking for performances. Please be a courteous neighbor and pay attention to their signs. If you park at Flat Rock Playhouse, remember to move your car before noon or risk being blocked in for several hours on matinee days (Wednesday through Sunday).
    • Visitors may park behind the Flat Rock Village Offices located at 110 Village Center Drive, Flat Rock, NC. It is a short walk to the park from this lot.

    Information for Groups
    You are strongly encouraged to contact the park if you are visiting with more than 10 people in your group, even if it is just a family visit or a big motorcoach tour. We strive to make your visit the best experience it can be.

    Adult Group
    For groups of adults of ten or more, please see the Adult Group Reservation page for information about scheduling a visit.

    School & Homeschool Groups
    Please see our For Teachers section for more information about scheduling school groups.

    Summer Camps/Youth Groups
    Please visit our ParKids! page for more information on activities available in the Park.

    Area Trip Planning
    Henderson County Visitor Information
    Visit our Nearby Attractions page

    If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact the park with your questions. We hope you enjoy your visit!

    Last updated: June 13, 2022

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    81 Carl Sandburg Lane
    Flat Rock , NC 28731


    828 693-4178

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