Tsali Recreation Area

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4.40 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,300 ft
↓ 3,200 ft
1,832
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Tsali features four singletrack loops that hug the banks of Fontana Lake. The trails are super fast and flowy singletrack with mostly moderate climbs and amazing scenery.

Daily usage alternates between horses and bikes so you don't have to worry about running into spooked riders (check local park maps and signage). The trailhead features a bike wash station and there's also a nice campground with showers and flush toilets. Tsali is an IMBA Epic and with good reason!
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ July 21, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Are there secluded areas to camp at the campground? -Guest

A: Campground within easy access to trailheads to all of the trails. Camp. Get on bike and go. Shower stalls. Been coming from Indiana to the same place for 10 years now.

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Q: is this trail open in the winter -timmyd12

A: Although it was cold, I've ridden the Tsali trails in January and February before...Never have known them to close during winter months.

MTBxO2 answered on February 2, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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System Trails (4)
System Trails (4)
Tsali Left Loop
Tsali Mouse Branch Loop
Tsali Right Loop
Tsali Thompson Loop
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Reviews (87)
 

Granny Gear

May 19, 2016
 
Review: Warning: Last time I was here was for an IMBA trail building workshop. Had fun. Back after 15 years. What a shock! Anybody know the background of how the horsepeople muscled in on the trails. I had only one day and Right/Left was closed, for horse, and there was only one trailer in their lot. Also they are trying to suggest directions. What makes Tsali fun is that you can turn Right/Left and Mouse/Thompson into figure 8's and double your money.

Tsali is super cruisey but you will spend times on roadbeds of various sorts. Kinda of a let down.

Similar Trail: Canal Loop at Land between the Lakes.

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Poseur

April 22, 2016
Nick Pearl Poseur  
 
Review: Great trail system for singlespeeders or beginners. Not very techy, not a lot of climbs but also not many good decents.

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Trailblazer


April 9, 2016
 
Review: CANT GET ENOUGH TSALI!!!!!

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Trailblazer


March 25, 2016
 
Review: a fun and flowy trail system. you have to ride one trail one day and the other trails another day. they are shared with horseback riders. Cost is $2 I think to ride. and there is a campground at the beginning. I have never stayed there but I want to so I can ride trails back to back.

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Granny Gear

January 9, 2016
Maloney Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail. Not super technical. Just more fun and flow than anything. Great trail system.

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December 30, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: For those looking for a super technical trail, this is not it. Tsali is a very flowy and fast trail system with little in the way of technical challenge (although there are still a couple tough climbs and some minor rocky sections/stream crossings).

What I like most about Tsali is that there is a campground right at the trailhead and that each trail is extremely easy to follow with very little need for any planning or a map.

Trails are multidirectional, but best route to ride IMO is Right loop to overlook to left loop. Mousebranch and Thompson are ok but the left loop downhill from the overlook is sweet.

So basically if you want technical hike-a-bike type stuff then head on over to some of the trails in pisgah. But Tsali remains a gem for beginners and intermediate riders or anyone looking for a fast and flowing ride with moderate elevation change.

Similar Trail: LNSP, Tanasi, Dwelling, Explorer at Rope Mill

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Granny Gear

November 30, 2015
 
Review: This is a nice trail system and I imagine if I lived nearby I would use it frequently for a weekday workout. Its flows with moderate short climbs,nothing too steep, very few roots. For locals, it's probably a very fast ride. But if visiting, the trail requires attention because it has occasional sharp drop offs on the side of the trail by the water (ex, mile 3.5ish of Left Loop). If it weren't for that, I would consider this an Easy trail. We traveled 2 hours to get here, and while we enjoyed the ride, we decided we would not make this trip again. There are just too many other amazing trails in western NC & SC that offer more technical challenge and also have comparable enjoyable views. This is an ideal trail to visit with a new mountain biker.

Similar Trail: Clemson, Croft

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Gramcounter


November 9, 2015
caleslie Gramcounter  
 
Review: Tsali is great! We make a long weekend trip almost every year (5 hour drive from my house). Fast, fun, and flowy singletrack with very little double track.

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Granny Gear

October 19, 2015
 
Review: Beautiful to behold, fun and fast to ride!
Great campground too.

Similar Trail: Raccoon Mountain in chattanooga, TN

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Granny Gear

September 18, 2015
jrf8592 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great Trail system. Thompson loop is fun and has a great down hill. Didn't make it all the way through left loop till I blew a tube and had to hike out. Cant wait to go back and do left loop again and right loop. Mouse trap was fun too.

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Tsali Recreation Area MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 87 ratings. 87 user reviews.
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