ElevationAscent: 601' 183 m
Descent: -601' -183 m
High: 2,766' 843 m
Low: 2,171' 662 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A great out-and-back hike with a lot to see along the way.”— Kristen Arendt
Family Friendly Explore the historic grounds of the poet Carl Sandburg's home followed by a trip to the top of Glassy Mountain all on easy-to-navigate trails. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the summit!
You'll only be on the Memminger Trail Loop for a short distance. This wooded trail is easy to follow, and soon you'll come to a marked junction with the Glassy Mountain Trail. Continue straight ahead to start your climb up to the summit.
The next section of trail is a little bit steeper, but there is nothing unmanageable. There are a few benches along the way as well so you can always stop to catch your breath if needed.
Eventually, the trail will pass a small rock outcropping, and you'll come to an open granite slab, the top of Glassy Mountain. The views are quite nice with the rolling hills and wooded grounds stretching out before you. On a clear day, you can spot Mount Pisgah in the distance.
Once you are done enjoying the views, simply retrace your steps back the way you came.
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Land Manager: NPS - Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site