Alerts & Conditions


Park Operation FAQs

What happened to Front Lake and the dam?
For information about the Front Lake dam and bridge closure click here.

How do I get a passport stamp, Jr Ranger badge, BARK Ranger tag, etc...?
Passport stamps are available in the visitor center/park store, which is open Thursday to Sunday (4 days per week) from 10am to 4pm. Self-serve passport stamps are available in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg Home from 10am to 4pm daily. If you need addtional assistance, send an email to Provide your contact information and request and we will postal mail you the item.

How do I purchase an America the Beautiful National Park Pass (Senior Pass, Access Pass, Annual Pass, etc)?
You can buy the passes online at Passes are available at the park Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm in the Visitor Center located in the ground floor of the Sandburg Home.

Which restrooms are open?
The restrooms at the main parking lot near Front Lake are open. The restrooms at the top of the hill near the Sandburg Home are open. A portable toilet is available at the Hikers Parking Lot.

When is the Park Store/Visitor Center open? What services will be available?

The Visitor Center/Park Store is open Thursday to Sunday (4 days per week) from 10am to 4pm.
Visitors can receive trip planning assistance and maps, participate in the Jr. Ranger and BARK ranger programs, and stamp passport books. Visitors can purchase items from the park store, which is managed by America’s National Parks, a non-profit partner. Proceeds from the park store support Sandburg’s interpretive, volunteer, and educational programs. Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

When are tours available?

  • Free house tours are available Thursday to Sunday (4 days per week) at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Advance reservations via are strongly recommended as day-of visit, last minute tickets may not be available.
How do I get a tour ticket?
  • Advance reservations are available at Tours are free until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly recommended as day-of visit, last minute tickets may not be available. (The only way to see the furnished interior of the Sandburg Home is through a guided tour.).

Why are the tours free right now?

Offering free tickets is a small way to say thank you for everyone’s patience and support throughout the pandemic. We’re excited to welcome everyone back inside the Sandburg Home.

When is the farm area open?

Outdoor access to the dairy goats in the barnyard and pastures is open 10 am to 4 pm daily. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions about the park and Sandburg family.


COVID-19 Information

- updated 5/11/2023

The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Find more information about the National Park Service’s response and operations at

Last updated: September 8, 2023

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81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731


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