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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,821/ -2,104 ft
Total: 543 riders

Mountain Biking Tsali Recreation Area

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#1 of 549 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#13 in the world

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!  Fee is $3 per rider. Trails have been meticulously maintained.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jul 21, 2010. Last updated Dec 22, 2023. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: no
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
From Bryson City, take Hwy. 19 towards Andrews. Go right onto Hwy 28 North. Tsali is on the right, approximately 3.5 miles. Follow the gravel road about 1.5 miles to trail head.
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Good (on Dec 28, 2023)
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Rider questions

Q: is this trail open in the winter
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.

Q: Do the trails close in the fall/winter or are they open year round?
A: I've ridden Tsal trails many times since 2004 and have never known them to close during winter...More specifically, I've ridden them in January and February in the past.