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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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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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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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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Granny Gear

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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Granny Gear

August 31, 2016
 
Review: nice trails

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Bunny Hop

August 17, 2016
 
Review: Awesome flowing singletrack. These trails allow you to do a short ride if you are on a time frame but also allow you to do a long ride for several miles. Only negative is that you have to ride on a schedule around the horse riders. Glad I made the trip from TN.

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Granny Gear

July 26, 2016
 
Review: Super fun trails. Nice combination of trail climbs, downhills and great scenic overlook. Definately worth the trip. Bring cash to pay for parking.

Similar Trail: Tanasi

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Gramcounter


July 5, 2016
Hobbes Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode for two days here a week ago...it was a great experience! Got Left, Right and Thompson Branch loops done! I will definitely return next year to get the final one- Mouse Branch loop done. Fun , fast and flowing with berms, climbs and some super fast decents and jumps! Awesome view from Cliff Overlook trail! Narrow and sketchy in a few areas. And wildlife....including a black bear, a deer, and a wild turkey and many cardinals! The campground and hot showers are great. Had a campsite 10 feet from a babbling creek and chilled my "after ride beverages" in it! The camp host from Florida(my home state) was super nice too!

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Gramcounter


June 13, 2016
Reckoneer Gramcounter  
 
Review: One of the best trails I have ever ridden on the East Coast. So smooth, it's like riding on carpet. Complete with a nice blue/green lake chaser after you ride! Always worth the trip!

Similar Trail: Fountainhead Regional Park

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Bunny Hop

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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Tsali Recreation Area MTB Trail 4.41 out of 5 based on 96 ratings. 96 user reviews.
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