November 20, 2014
I had heard many great things about Tsali, but had also heard that it could be boring to ride. Here are my thoughts:
BEAUTIFUL views throughout
Trails are in great shape and fun to ride
Easy with not much technical
Great length for a weekend worth of riding (about 45 miles total)
Can get boring. Same type of trails throughout
Hunters allowed in the area
We spent a weekend out at Tsali recently. We rode Mouse and Thomspon Loop on Saturday and the Right and Left Loop on Sunday. I was underwhelmed by Mouse and Thomspon on Saturday as it was pretty much the same exact type of trail the entire time. The view were good on those trails, but not as good as Sunday. I was disappointed that I had driven so far for an "epic" trail and that is what I got.
Left and Right loop (Sundays) is still pretty much the same type of trail riding all day long, but it does have a couple of slightly technical areas to keep things interesting. The views from the Left and Right loop are STELLAR though, and well worth the drive.
We combined the weekend riding with staying at Cherokee Casino, which is about 30 minutes from Tsali. Luckily we didn't lose all of our money on Saturday night at the casino, and didn't gamble our bikes away. 8-)
Tsali is definitely worth checking out. It would be great for a beginner/intermediate rider but advanced riders may get bored.
FATS with views/Lake Norman State Park with views