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COVID-19 Information

This page was last updated July 24, 2022. All alerts are current.

As the National Park Service monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Access to Carl Sandburg Home NHS is as follows:


  • Park grounds and trails are open sunrise to sunset.
  • Visitor Center/Park Store open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.
  • Sandburg Home tours available Thursday to Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. 6 people per tour. Online reservations availble at Day-of-visit tickets are usually not available.
  • Outdoor access to the goats (in the barnyard and goat pasture) is from
    10am to 3pm daily.
  • Restrooms near the Front Lake and main parking lot.


  • Restrooms at top of the hill near the Sandburg Home (due to a water pump issue. Portable toilets are available).
  • Please bring enough drinking water for your visit.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, services may be limited. 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


COVID-19 Park Operation FAQs

Are masks required?
• Masks are optional outdoors. Masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Henderson County to high, and to promote our staff and visitors’ safety. • Anyone wishing to visit at times of lower visitation should consider coming here mornings before 10am or afternoons after 3pm. Weekdays are quieter than weekends.
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 from 10am to 3pm. Self-serve passport stamps are available in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg Home from 10am - 3pm 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)?
We are unable to issue passes in the park at this time. You can buy the passes online at

Which restrooms are open?
The restrooms at the Main Parking Lot near the front lake are open. The restrooms at the top of the hill near the Sandburg Home are closed due to a water pump issue. Please use the portable toilets nearby.

When are the Park Store and Visitor Center open? What services will be available?

Visitor Center/Park Store is open Thursday to Sunday (4 days/week) from 10am to 3pm.
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. VC/Store capacity will increase based on federal Public Health guidance. Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

When are tours available?

  • Free house tours are available Thursday to Sunday (four days per week) at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.
How do I get a tour ticket?
  • Advance reservations are available at 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.).

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 barnyard open?

Outdoor access to the dairy goat barnyard and pastures is open 10 am - 3 pm daily, with a capacity limit of 40 visitors. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions about the park and Sandburg family.

Why was the home closed for so long? Why is it safer now?

The Sandburg Home was closed due to social distancing concerns on regular house tours and due to concerns over ventilation in the home, which was built in 1838. To protect the historic floors and furnishings, tour participants typically walk and stand very close together.

The ventilation system was improved and air purifiers have been installed to improve air flow inside the 183-year-old house. Hand sanitizer will be available. Free masks will be available for any visitor who wishes to wear one. We will frequently clean heavily touched surfaces. Tour and store/visitor center capacity will increase based on public health guidance. Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

Last updated: July 25, 2022

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