Tsali Recreation Area

   
More photos »
30
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 6,900 ft
↓ 6,000 ft
6.8
avg mph
256
ridden
227
wishlist
1:57
avg time

Network
AVERAGE RATING
4.37 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on July 21, 2010
 
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!
Rider Questions
 
System Trails (4)
Tsali Left Loop
Tsali Mouse Branch Loop
Tsali Right Loop
Tsali Thompson Loop
Get Local
Trail Activity
what's this?
 
Recent Trail Check-ins
60 check-ins
 
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
  schwim
2 weeks ago
 
Superfly Lee on June 29, 2014
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Just got back from a 3 day trip to Tsali with my teenage daughter who is a novice. Rode about half of the Right loop day 1 and all of the Mouse Branch loop day 2 with my daughter.

Right loop starts off very smooth and great for novice riders, and gets a little tougher as it goes, with a couple bail outs along the way. Mouse branch has some awesome sections, but starts off very rough, climbing a long, rocky fire road. My daughter did make it all the way around Mouse Branch, but it was pretty tough for her. After the ride, another rider told us that Thompson loop was the best for beginners, but unfortunately that was the only loop we didn't get to.

Day 3 I rode the Left Loop solo, and it was one of my favorite rides of all time. Long, fast flowing downhills, with a few moderately tough climbs. Left loop is not overly technical, but it is super fun, and has some of the most unbelievable views you will ever see on a bike, at least in the Eastern US. The Overlook loop adds an extra mile or so to the loop, and is an absolute must. The view from the top is amazing.

We camped at Turkey Creek campground, a mile down the road, which was very nice, clean, and affordable. Day 3 we went over to Nantahala Outdoor Center and rented a 2 man inflatable kayak called a "duckie" and rode the river, which was also a blast.

Overall, I LOVED Tsali and will be back for sure. My only gripe might be that the trails were a little over-grown in areas, but I suspect I might have caught them before a maintenance cycle as I have heard they are pretty good about doing trail maintenance there.

Great trails in a beautiful part of the country.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
masterclean1 on May 19, 2014
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Simply awesome! Everything about theses trails are great! The Left Loop was the most grueling fun I have ever had!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Fit4Life28 on April 7, 2014
0 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Wow what a fun trail system. Everything here is awesome!! I drove up on a Saturday night and crashed in the camp ground which is put together very well, clean, and the spaces are spread apart far enough so that you're not squished up against the sites to your left and right.

The trails are put together very well and maintained with pride. Next time I come up it will be for two or three nights of camping and at least two full days of biking along with a possible kayak trip in the nearby river.
I highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Eric Foltz on January 4, 2014
2 out of 3 readers found this useful
 
Review: As someone who has ridden all over the country, I wouldn't even put the Tsali Trails in my Top 10. That is not to say it isn't a fun place to ride but 1. It is relatively flat so not only are there no extended climbs, there are no extended DHs either; 2. The mileage is limited unless you just want to keep going around the same loops all day. Those two things alone are the reasons I wouldn't rate this area as high as many others that I have ridden. It is a nice place to camp and ride for a couple of days though and compared to much of the Eastern riding. it is pretty good. It is a really good area for beginner/intermediate riders.

Similar Trail: Potowatami (MI), Tanasi (TN)

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
JerryC on October 31, 2013
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: This is the best East Coast riding there is. These trails are in excellent condition, well maintained and offer some spectacular scenery. Make sure ride to Windy Gap off the right trail. Ride the right loop in the Counter clockwise direction jumping over to the Left Loop without taking the road back to the parking lot in-between. These trails were fast and flowing and not technical but very challenging. Next day we did Thompson. Didn't get to do Mouse. Thompson has a fast and very fun downhill fo the last 1.5 miles. We stopped in Bryson City Bicycles for info, excellent shop, very friendly and good selection, next door is Iron Skillet - good food. Want to give a shout out to Jim Freeman who own Freeman Motel just up the road from the Tsali Trail head. We stayed in one of his rooms, rustic but everything you need for mtn biking. He also has cabins - and a pool. We will be back!
There was camping at Tsali but it closes for the winter. recommend you check in with local shop and get some of the background on Tsali and its rich Indian heritage. Make sure you know what days to ride what trails as they alternate with horse access.

Similar Trail: Angler's Ridge without the scenery.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jbond352 on October 26, 2013
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: What a great trail system. I have ridden Mouse Branch Loop as well as the Left Loop. Both trails were very well maintained and very considerably challenging based on my Florida level of fitness. I would recommend these trails to anyone looking for a trail system that will get your heart pumping while being near some incredible views!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
MTI on October 5, 2013
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Tsali is Closed until budget resolved.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
redwingdb on September 11, 2013
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Hands down, the best singletrack riding in all of North Carolina. Go, enjoy, it's worth the drive. Camping at Fontana Dam is great too.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
delphinide on August 22, 2013
11 out of 14 readers found this useful
 
Review: Wow. I am shocked at all of the Tsali bashing. Tsali isn't just a trail, it is an experience. It's camping in the lot and waking up with your bike next to you and hitting the trailhead right there. It's the deep emerald NC forest and the wet ocre earth that is perfect singletrack winding around endless corners with the Blue Ridge Mountains calling in the distance. It is mist so deep you don't realize your are on islands surrounded by large, ameobic bodies of water with miles of smooth, yet often unpredictable singletrack. It is a place where mobile phones don't get signals and there are no late night fast food runs. Tsali is not an after work ride, or lift served park that requires pads. Tsali is an idea that helped build and fuel interest in mountain biking on both the East and West coast. Tsali is not 'the everything trail' but it is ranked high for a good reason. If you don't get Tsali, you definitely don't get mountain biking.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Guest on August 22, 2013
0 out of 11 readers found this useful
 
Review: funny how your list says "best trails in the world" and there are only american and canadian ... your view of "world" is twisted...if you state "of the world" then be prof. and post international links...

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
MTI on August 25, 2013
0 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Such a silly post! Jeff and Gregg great response.
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
jeff on August 22, 2013
2 out of 4 readers found this useful
 
Review: True. A more accurate (if not succinct) title for the list would be "Best mountain bike trails in the world... as ranked by mostly Americans and Canadians." :)
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
mtbgreg1 on August 22, 2013
8 out of 8 readers found this useful
 
Review: Hello anonymous,

All of the trails in our database are submitted by normal users... just like you. And the rankings are generated based on reviews of users... just like you. If you don't like our selection, then please be sure to log in and start submitting international trails and reviewing your favorites. The only way that things are going to change is if everyone the entire world over gets involved adding and reviewing trails!
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
Crash29 on August 10, 2013
9 out of 9 readers found this useful
 
Review: This series of trails is a must do on any serious mountain bikers list. Do yourself a favor and visit during the week and have the trails to yourself. Gets very crowded on the weekends. Parking area is well defined with a wash station. A $2.00 per day fee is well worth it. Trailhead has a bike cleaning station, a water point and a latrine. Trails are well marked and there open on alternate days to accommodate horse riding as well. I didn't see a lot of horse activity and only a few signs of horse manure along the trail. Beginners should ride Thompson first despite the trail literature. It is the easiest trail with a nice flow and minimal accents, but somehow have some great decent sections. A mix of single track and fire road, this is the trail to start off on. Mouse loop is another good trail for the beginner to intermediate experienced trail rider. The first section flows well until the two mile mark and starts to climb from there. It is pretty much all uphill to the lookout point with some very loose rocky terrain on climbing switchbacks. The views are well worth it and the ride back is an even better payoff. I started late , so my entire ride back was in the dark with a low powered set of headlamps. But the ride all the way back is a flowing downhill that is fun and enjoyable the whole way back to the trailhead. I managed to keep it a 8 mph the whole way with minimum effort and wish I had a chance to hit that section during daylight, because it would have been a blast! Right loop was a bit more difficult. Not your trail for a beginner. A fast start with the first mile in under 4 minutes, but met with a series of difficult long climbs that at times forced a walk due to rough terrain and steep incline. This 13 mile trail was well worth the effort due to the views, wildlife and exercise. Make sure you pack a snack and water on this ride it takes a lot out of you. We missed the opportunity to ride Left Loop.

Local bike shop in Bryson City was a wonderful surprise. Generally local outfitters and shops in high traffic areas are overpriced and unfriendly, but this shop had an incredible staff. Friendly, courteous and knowledgeable, they made the effort to make a visitor feel welcomed. And as always, I needed some last minute repair to my ride. I was taken right in, walked the strip while my bike was serviced and out and back on the trail in under two hours (that mainly has to do with the 20 minute drive to the shop). The price for repair was reasonable and the service was perfect. I really enjoy going to a new bike shop and being treated with such friendly service. A must stop on your trip at least to support them by buying a t-shirt.

Camp at a near by campground and enjoy the off site trails the locals are riding. I stayed at Tumbling Waters, less than 5 miles from the trailhead. The owners ride and were helpful in information as well as knowledge of other local trails that offer an added level of fun to the trip. This campground was really clean and friendly, a great location for a family and plenty of activities to do on recovery days if you have them.

Similar Trail: Montgomery Bell State Park

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
KleinGuy on June 13, 2013
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: I've been going to Tsali for years. About 15 years to be exact. The campground is great and right at the trailhead. I really like the Thompson loop even though its one of the shortest. It's fast and flowy and has a great downhill at the end. Its always a good ride combining the left and right loop as well. Absolutely love this place and look forward to going every year!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jtjeepin on May 29, 2013
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: narrow and fun in most places, was pretty muddy when I was there but that is what wash station is there for.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
bhair3 on May 28, 2013
0 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: These trails are a little under expectations to be an EPIC ride bent creek and DuPont are much better. Still some good riding in the area left loop is really fast and fun, if your in the area already check out the left loop or Thompson depending on the day, but don't make the extra drive here over DuPont or bent creek!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Guest on April 18, 2013
1 out of 5 readers found this useful
 
Review: Tsali is and always has been a nice trail in a great location but
#4 in the world. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING. It was all the rage in the South in the 90's but now I don't consider it top 4 in WNC. Dupont, Jackrabbit, Bent Creek, etc. are all better. Just my IMHO but I have lived in WNC 40
years....

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Phieagles1976 on April 15, 2013
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Just went down from NY for the weekend and we were not disappointed the weather was perfect and the trails are fast and smooth nothing really technical a few climbs to keep you honest I believe Mouse is highly underrated here it's well worth the time however out of the 4 Thompson is the best loop if you can only do one. That being said park on the right side of the sign because they will write a parking ticket for a nice $75 ride!

Similar Trail: Allegrippis trails Raystown Lake

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ZackRockhopper on February 4, 2013
1 out of 2 readers found this useful
 
Review: I came out here last May and rode the Left Loop. It had a lot of pretty scenery of Fontana Lake and I enjoyed the ride but it probably would have helped had I gone the right direction. It doesn't work very well when taken counter-clockwise, and the width of the trail makes it difficult to avoid other cyclists going the other direction.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
irishskibum on January 1, 2013
0 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: I've been looking forward to Tsali for a long time. We moved to Boone NC several months ago from Steamboat Springs, CO and I have ridden my fair share of trails. This to me, isn't close to epic. Sorta flowy, too often it's wider than single track, and the berms are weak. I always have a good time on my bike, so I still had fun. But I'd rank every mile of Kerr Scott and Warrior Creek trails above Tsali. I only rode half of it (right and left loops) and got a little lost at dusk on New Years Eve. My expectations were so much higher so I left a little bummed and spent my extra cash at Harrahs in Cherokee.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
dlayman on November 20, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Nice ride, not very tecnical but great fun and exercise with exception of a few rocky spots.

Similar Trail: OVT in Wilksboro

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
hdguach on November 8, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Awesome trail! Very challenging inclines and descending fast, although alot of fun. Camping in the park was awesome. Just jumping on the bike from your tent site and riding to the trailhead was nice. Great place to hit 2 trails.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
donaldr on October 21, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: 1st time to Tsali and not disappointed..the weather and scenery were spectacular. Rode Mouse on Saturday and Left Loop today. Extremely fast downhills with some grueling climbs..hope to be back soon

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
vbeckman74 on October 21, 2012
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: I have ridden all four of the loops listed here. They are all fast, twisty fun on smooth singletrack with very little elevation gain or loss. I love this kind of riding.

Similar Trail: Rampart Reservoir

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Creekpaddler on October 15, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: I rode Thompson loop on Thursday 10/11 and throughly enjoyed it. It's in good condition for this late in the season and is well-drained except where it crosses small streams. But those were no problem and added to the adventure. Thompson loop is not as technical as some reviews describe it, but there are a couple a long climbs. After the last climb the descent to the trailhead was fun despite the rough trail surface due to tree roots. I hiked part of Right Loop that day and look forward to riding it on my next visit.* Review edited 10/15/2012

* Review edited 10/15/2012

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
elyons331 on October 14, 2012
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Just arrived back home and still super stoked about the Right Loop!!! We woke up and picked a spot, drove to a beautiful place we had never been to and had no idea how majestic and exhilirating our day would be! We only were able to to do the Right Loop, but will be planning a trip back to explore the remaining trails. Great downhills, great flow, super fun switch backs and again....the amazing scenery! It is rated as moderate due to the few steeper inclines, but well worth walking a few yards up for the decents. This loop is clearly marked with short cuts at 3 and 8 miles to give you plenty of options. One of the best we have riden!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
uekiya on October 7, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: I live 20 miles from Tsali so the four trails are my main rides. I won't repeat what is all said below but was just there today. My message is watch for downed trees. Lots of twisty singletrack and they are diffificult to see.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ButchMauldin on October 3, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Great trail system with awesome views of the lake. The main trail is a fire road that branches off to several single track sections. This trail will test your technical skills and fitness level. A must ride trail for the Mtb fanatics!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
manreet on September 3, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: awesome trails! Everything below is true!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
XsycoX on August 24, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Awesome! Absolutely amazing single tracks! Rode thompson loop and right loop trails. Amazing climbs and even more amazing down hills. A must if you in the Bryson city/Nantahalla area!

* Review edited 8/24/2012

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jamis29er on August 20, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Camped near the NOC and rode Tsali for a couple days. What a great time! Trails are fun, flowy, and fast! If you like technical riding then Tsali is not for you. But if you like flowy fast descents then ride Tsali. The only down side is watch out for downed trees. Line of sight can be short and several trees obstruct the trails. Other than that I would recommend Tsali to all. Just the kind of riding my 29er HT was made for.

Similar Trail: Bull/Jake Mtn, Pinhoti trails

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
James_Bright on August 11, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Fast and fun- awesome cross country riding

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
bhigdon101 on July 29, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: no big climbs lots of fast flowly trails, great for a 29 hardtail!!!!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ClaytonJ on July 20, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Heavily used with great access from the adjoining campground. The trails are in good condition with fun berms a few whoop-de-doos. There is quite a bit of variation in the style of trails - from narrow/exposed to wide-flowy doubletrack. Windy Point off of Right Loop should not be missed. Trails are heavily ridden with a large range of abilities - overall the condition is great but the many wet spots are being widened by riders trying to go around rather than through. Worthy of a top 100 rating but definitely not top 10.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Weekdaymtbiker on July 9, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: We just don't get the high rating on Tsali. We've biked it several times. It's not a re-do for us unless it's a last resort. Nothing special, some washed out red clay trail areas that are extremely hot in the summer... didn't see any spectacular scenery at all. Fletcher Creek near Asheville, NC and Warrior Creek at Kerr Scott Dam in Wilksboro NC are far superior trails!! Actually, anything in Bent Creek Forest in Asheville beats Tsali hands down. Tsali is just boring.

Similar Trail: Fletcher Creek, Hard Times Trail in Bent Creek, Explorer Loop in Bent Creek.. Going south into Georgia we like Bear Creek in Ellijay.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ChuckH on June 12, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Awesome! Even though I took a terrible fall and had to be taken to the emergency room. I love this place and can't wait to heal and get back there.

Similar Trail: It is in a league of its own

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
blaize on June 5, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Tsali has a lot to offer... from grueling climbs to some pretty slick downhills... it's the Mecca of Mountain Biking, IMHO. I went after a week of rain, so it was a bit soaked with some puddles at least knee deep. These aren't obvious, so avoid them if possible. The trails are well marked, and it's pretty easy to get around, even without a map. If you can, go on a weekday because it can get quite crowded on weekends....

Similar Trail: Panthertown Valley

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
irishpitbull on June 1, 2012
2 out of 2 readers found this useful
 
Review: Honestly not sure why this is ranked so high. After riding Pisgah and Dupont this place can not compare. It was well maintained but I would not classify it as an epic or destination trail. I think the IMBA is getting soft on what a EPIC really is.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ChainSuckSux on December 27, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: I've been coming to these trails for 20 years, and have always enjoyed the rides.

These trails are not like Pisgah or Dupont. Tsali is a ride that many can enjoy, while Pisgah and Dupont or for the more hardcore crowd IMO. To give these trails a poor rating is missing the point. Dupont and Pisgah are awesome, but should no be compared to Tsali, because they are so very different. Similar Trail: Chicopee Woods
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
Dameontheman on May 23, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Tons of fun, some good climbs, some fast downhill and the scenery is the best.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
buffalogerl on May 11, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Great trail system with fantastic scenery. Lots of different trail types, climbs, sweet singletrack, switchbacks, fast downhill double track. Great trailhead campground and lake for that mandatory after ride dip!

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
dzpd23 on May 9, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Good trail system. I did this with my family with an Ally-cat 3rd wheel on the back of my bike. We did two of the loops. Nice views. I want to go back and hammer on this trail. I'm sure it would have a different dynamic. I'm glad there were some wild berries for the kids during the ride to keep them going.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
ac90002 on May 5, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Ok, very nice swoopy trail with some valley views at the top. But no way in hell is this the 3rd best trail in the world, or America.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jaj4@msn.com on April 30, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Some of the finest riding you'll find in the area. I've ridden these trails multiple times and they've never let me down. Beautiful scenery, fast single track, and a serious workout for my suspension.

Similar Trail: I'm not sure anything compares to these trails. Maybe Bear Creek, but the rides not as long.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
NIBAwaits on March 31, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Rode Right and Left Loops 3/28, the Mouse Branch and Thompson Loops 3/29. Conditions were perfect and trails were very good. I've not been on too many trails, but this is the best I've ridden so far.

Similar Trail: Brown County, Nashville, Indiana

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
sheanc on March 25, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Rode Mouse, Thompson, Yesterday Really Liked them both, Rode Right Loop Today it was more flowy. Mouse & Thompson were a little more Technical. Enjoyed all 3 trails. Gotta go back and do Left loop Now.

* Review edited 3/25/2012

Similar Trail: Tanasi- Ocoee,TN

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
schwim on January 30, 2012
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: This whole trail system is a real treat. A few spots that will have all but the supermen and women among us walking our bikes to the top and some incredibly brisk downhills as a reward. Each day has a pair of trails open that will give you about 20 miles of peddling.

Similar Trail: Tanasi

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jeffrey_j on December 31, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Agree with the review below. Good trail, but not the best I've ridden (FATS is #1 to me). We went up here last summer and rode about half the trails here one day and all of JackRabbits another day. Solid, well groomed/marked trails that seem to get a bit long at times. Some of the climbs were long and fun, but no real flowy sections like FATS or JackRabbits.

* Review edited 12/31/2011

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
inbody06 on November 28, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Every one i meet says this trail is the best. I think they could be better. As narrow as some of these trails are along the lake edge they should be rotation direction not bidiectional. They do rotate trails for horse and bike use . Whatever? trails are marked well, flow good , great views at overlooks, tend to get bored as each trail is long with little change up. dont mind the miles just when they all look the same and ride the same. Jack Rabbit trails are more fun than this one . if you want to ride all the trails here plan 2 days as they are on a rotation with horse use 4 trails total 2 avaliable every other day. Bottom line if you are in the area go ride here ,just dont make a pilgramage here expecting bliss

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
bboehman on October 30, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Great trail and one of my favorite IMBA Epics I have ridden. I have been there several times from Indiana and it doesn't get old. Great views, climbs and downhills. It is a must do for anyone.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: See reviews for the 4 individual trails there. Left, right loop. Thompson and Mouse Branch loops. Ride different loops on different days. Campground on site to bike to trails. $2 entrance fee per day. Money goes to trails. Epic, multi day trip.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Loonytik on October 13, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Rode the right and left loops on 10/7/11 and ticked 20 miles exactly. The trails were in great shape. I always prefer the Thomson and Mouse days though. Spent Saturday taking a flat bottom canoe down the Natahala with a buddy. Mtn biking and the reevur....good times.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Loonytik on October 6, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Riding Tsali this weekend and the Mouse Branch and Thompson Loops rode well today. The flow worked well and we ticked 20.1 miles after riding both trails plus the overlook. My gauge is prolly off since i got new rims though.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
trentb1 on September 19, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Fun and Flowy, pretty easy stuff....Great scenery and a camp ground with showers. I was hooked on this place for a few weeks....

Similar Trail: Brush Creek (near Tanasi)

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Casey_Anderson on September 2, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: My son and I rode both the right and left loops as Tsali back-to-back. This trail system is not especially technical, but is challenging to ride mainly because of the steady climbing to reach the overlook areas and the overall length of the loops when ridden in one day. We had a great time and would recommend it highly, but I think Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania is a better example of the same general concept -- long, flowy trails at a destination mountain bike network.

Similar Trail: Raystown Lake, PA

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Guest on August 27, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: What can i say, this trail lived up to the hype. The views, trail condition and overlook are all top notch. Definitely worth the 2.5 hour trip.

Similar Trail: Dupont State Forest

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
tyonkers on August 1, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Spent three days up there in May. What a great trip wish I could have stayed longer. Not very technical but fun and fast. The climbs were a little tough for a florida boy, but the downhill was worth it! Did I mention fast! Great veiws great trails will be going back for sure.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jcotton on July 18, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Trails are in great shape, the Nantahala Area Sorba club will be working with Forest Service to make these the best trails around. Please,please obey the alternate day rules. Happy Trails!

Similar Trail: Jackrabbit

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jerrygkey on June 30, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: These trails are simply great. No man made obstacles but I can do those in my back yard. A beautiful wilderness area. Fast tracks. I can't believe the nerds complaining about limbs and brush. If mountain biking is not considered a contact sport, it should be. Go bowling or man up.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
delphinide on June 11, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: This is truly on of the quinessential east coast trail systems, which is great in the summer because it does not get quite as balmy here as it does in other parts of the south. There are a lot of good trail reviews (see below) but I want to reiterate that you cannot ride all 4 loops in one day because of alternating with horse traffic. Also, after it rains, there are a lot of holes on the trail that fill with water; be cautious because some of those puddles have rocks and roots in them. I busted it hard last year when it started storming...it is easy to get use to flowing, non technical trails for miles, bombing down a hill doing 25mph, then bam: big fat rock garden and a busted bike. I love Tsali, though, and find myself comparing many trails I ride to its simplicity and design.

Similar Trail: FATS

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
Billh71 on June 8, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Great trail, but wish there was less doubletrack and some more slow technical sections.

Similar Trail: none

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
4everriding on June 1, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Fun, fast, and flowy! These trails are fun for the experienced rider and still rideable by the novice. Don't expect to be challenged by the technical just enjoy the flow.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
rallyvette on May 5, 2011
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: fast and flowy not very technical. Lots of great scenery but similiar throughout.

Similar Trail: Lake Norman State Park

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
gdehart on April 28, 2011
0 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: All 4 trails are great with variable difficulty but I have one major complaint shared by many riders and the topic is not on your questionaire. CUT THE WEEDS, BRIARS, POISON IVY, TREE LIMBS ETC. FROM THE TRAILS....I MEAN THEY ARE GROWING ACROSS THE TRAILS IN SOME PLACES. THAT IS NOT AN EXPENSIVE THING TO DO.* Review edited 4/28/2011

* Review edited 4/28/2011

Similar Trail: US National Whitewater, Charlotte

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
JackPompanoBeach on September 14, 2010
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: These trails alternate horse/bike every other day , so you can only ride one side of the park on a given day. Tuesday, Thursday and Sat are Mousetail and Thompson which I think kicked total butt. Killer technical downhills on fast single track, nice short steep climbs. Excellent. The right and left are different but still fun and will wear you out as it winds around the lake twisting and turning. Really great trails, but you do need to spend 2 days here to get it all!

Similar Trail: Chicopee, but Tsali is tough on beginners...

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
mtbgreg1 on August 15, 2010
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: What can be said that hasn't already? Well let me say this: these trails live up to the hype: there is no let-down here! The most Colorado-esque trails I've ridden east of the rockies.

Similar Trail: FATS, Jack Rabbit

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
GoldenGoose on July 21, 2010
1 out of 1 readers found this useful
 
Review: Another trail system well deserving of the IMBA Epic status. As Trek7k said, even the parking lot is top notch! The trails don't seem very technical but they will leave you smiling and ready to come back. Trails are closed to bikes and used by horses on alternating days but, unlike another IMBA Epic (Bull Mt), very few signs of their presence exist. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday are bike days for the Left and Right loops. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are bike days for the shorter and somewhat more technical Thompson and Mouse Branch loops. This is a great area for camping or hanging out on the lake, and it's pretty close the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well.

Similar Trail: Forks Area Trail System

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
jeff on July 21, 2010
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: Tsali has great singletrack that's fast and flowy without a ton of climbing required. One of the best parts is the campground at the trailhead: hot showers, flush toilets, and clean sites.

* Review edited 7/21/2010

Similar Trail: Tanasi in Tennessee has a similar feel, though with a bit more climbing.

Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
 
business4gws@bellsouth.n on November 29, 2013
0 out of 0 readers found this useful
 
Review: 4good trails but not up to Pisgah Forest trails for technical skills. Similar Trail: Jackrabbit Mountain
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No
Tsali Recreation Area MTB Trail 4.37 out of 5 based on 65 ratings. 65 user reviews.
Get Directions
loading...
Create a free Singletracks account to get directions to this trail.

Trail Features
 
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
Trail Conditions
Loading...