The Glassy Mountain Trail to the top of Big Glassy starts just behind Connemara, the historic home of Carl Sandburg, “the People’s Poet” (you can also start it by crossing the field across from the goat barns). This wooded trail is well maintained and moderately steep. Along the way, you’ll pass a small reservoir and some rock outcroppings. There are benches along the way for resting. The top is a flat, exposed granite slab that’s suitable for picnicking. While the mountains in this area aren’t as big or dramatic as they are further north, you can see Mount Pisgah in the distance off to the northwest and South Carolina to the south. There are a lot of evergreens at the top, but the fall color is still lovely.
Length: 1.3 miles