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Tsali Recreation Area

(updated: Aug 13, 2010)

Tsali is located in the Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah Ranger District. The closest city is Bryson City. Tsali represents epic XC riding at its best with 40+ miles of trails and incredible views of Lake Fontana.

There are four key loops that are shared with horses on an alternating day schedule. The days of week listed are when trails are open to bikers:

Right Loop (11 miles) M W F Su
Left Loop (11.9 miles) M W F Su
Mouse Branch (9 miles) Tu Th Sa
Thompson Loop (7.7 miles) Tu Th Sa

There is a campground there which is where I've always stayed because it's right there by the trails. However, you can't reserve sites and they fill up fast in the summer months. There are other private campsites and cabins nearby.

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Links for more info:

Tsali Recreation Area
Mountain Biking the Tsali Recreation Area

Filed Under: Trail Info > North Carolina > Bryson City

Google Earth (.kml) files and GPS eXchange (.gpx) files.
All Tsali loops: Left, Right, Mouse, Thompson. Part of Mouse Branch missing due to lost signal.

AVERAGE RATING: (1 rating)

1. tyler gave it:

this is the meca for north carolina mountain biking. well designed challanging single track that has something for everyone. this is worth the trip from wherever you are. trail follows fontana lake with several nice overlooks that give broad vast miles of views over national forest land.

Feb 12, 2008 @ 12:14 AM

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