Tsali Recreation Area

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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
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: Is the Camping Free or are there fees -Daniel Lee Dault Jr.

A: 40 something first come first serve camping sites. 15 dollars per night.

Guest answered on May 19, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Are dirt bikes alowed on the trails -Guest

A: No. Open to bikes, horses, and hikers only.

Jeff Barber answered on October 13, 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 (102)
 

Granny Gear

January 4, 2018
Lisak218 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail is a lot of fun. We did the left and right loops last week. Great condition in December. Hard packed with leaf cover. For a flat lander the trails make you work hard but if you're use to it, I could see it being easy. The downhills are fast and fun.

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Granny Gear

January 1, 2018
sake Granny Gear  
 
Review: Tsali is a good XC trail system. There really isn"t much technical terrain, just groomed trails with decent climbs and great views. I can't really figure out why it is always rated so highly except that it has been around for a long time. If I'm in that area of North Carolina, I much rather make the drive over to Brevard and hit Pisgah or Dupont.

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Granny Gear

July 31, 2017
PGH Rider Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice place to learn or take your family. Little boring otherwise.

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Bunny Hop

July 29, 2017
DivotUSMC Bunny Hop  
 
Review: First time here. I am coming back. Right loop more challenging with climbs and roots. Left loop has the better views with about 5 miles of lake front riding. Great trail system.

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Gnarly


June 28, 2017
 
Review: This old-school trail system is often considered over-rated because of the lack of tech and new construction techniques. Still, it is an awesome XC ride that will work your lungs and award you with amazing views. The bike wash at the end is a nice touch.

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Granny Gear

June 20, 2017
 
Review: LEFT Loop was very hard for me...coming from Fl and the flat lands. Lots of rocks, steep climbs,narrow cliff sides, and trees down. The other three loops were easier but I was surprised at how hard it was with the higher elevation.

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Granny Gear

April 18, 2017
urbanc Granny Gear  
 
Review: Amazing trail system! Love the camping access and nearby adventure towns.

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Granny Gear

October 14, 2016
jodpan Granny Gear  
 
Review: Well groomed, well maintained, flowy -- what more do you need? Great views and no big climbs. Note that only 2 of the 4 trails are open to bikes each day, the other 2 are designated for horses and the trail days alternate so depending on the day you go, you will either be riding Mouse Branch/ Thompson loop or Right/Left trails. All of them are fun. Left and right are a little longer overall.

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Bunny Hop

September 28, 2016
 
Review: I was here back at the end of July. Rode the right loop solo. The lookout loop was gorgeous, but many large trees were down overtop of the trail past the overlook area. I jumped off my bike and crawled over, but wondered if these ever got cleaned up. Great trail and would love to go check out the rest! What a view.

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Trailblazer

September 16, 2016
 
Review: Really good flow, Best trail map/markers,Amazing views........that's all you need to know (worth the 3 1/2 hour drive)

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Tsali Recreation Area MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 102 ratings. 102 user reviews.
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