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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +929/ -872 ft
Total: 320 riders

Mountain Biking Tsali Right Loop

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#34 of 546 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#643 in the world

The Right Loop is by far my favorite Tsali trail. Start at the trailhed parking lot and follow the signs for the LEFT LOOP (that's right). After about 0.3 miles, turn right onto the gravel road. This is County Line Road. Follow this trail up, then down, to the start of the right loop. Follow the right loop to the intersection with the Windy Gap Overlook loop (about 6 or 7 miles in). Take this loop out to the overlook, keeping to the right at each trail intersection. Turn around and take the loop back to the right. Skip this loop to cut over 2 miles from the total. Continue on the right loop and end in the trail head parking lot. This loop is what Tsali is all about.
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First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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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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  • eddttt2

    Not a real "loop", haha. Right "Loop" brings you out, then Left "Loop" brings you back (or vice versa). Might want long sleaves/pants as leaves & branches reach into trail and will be slapping you for a lot of the ride. Nice trails. Scenic views are kinda few & far between. LOVED the outside shower and bike wash station!

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  • Lynette Foster

    Challenging climbing and great views of Fontana Lake. Take a rope. If you slip off the trails, you won't die but you may have trouble getting back up. Some sections are modestly washed out however manageable. Really great ride and the other riders were friendly and helpful (encouraging). I only pulled one tick off at the end.

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  • Shoeyjosh

    Challenging climbs, but great views make it worth it. Downhill runs are fun. Needs jumps added to it. I'm more of a fan of the left loop.

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  • Richard Hespen

    This trail meanders along the edge of the lake with great views and lots of climbing. The trail lacks good singletrack downhills and there is almost nothing technical. I enjoyed this trail.

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  • climb_head

    This trail is fast and fairly smooth with lots of turns. I rode here in November and besides some leaves the trail was in good shape. This trail isn't technical and doesn't have much in the way of climbing but still manages to be fun. It skirts an artificial lake so that's the view. I slept in my car and no one bothered me.

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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter

    Great Trails! A must do for any enthusiast! Several options within Tsali, Right Loop has more climbing and rocky areas. Never enough room to express how great this area is for mountain biking.

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  • Lee Harris

    It's a fast and flowing trail. Here's a video review of the Right, Mouse and Thompson loops.

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  • aewynn0915

    this is one of my new favorite trails it is easy enough where almost any rider can do but fun enough where even the most experienced riders can go fast and have a great time. the bank turns on this trail are fun if go fast. when I went it was raining very hard the day before, earlier that day, and while i was riding it so you can imagine i smelled great afterwords. towards the end of the trail my dads derailer hanger broke off so we had to walk it back. with all the rain, the puddles were so muddy and murky you couldnt see the bottom so you were just guessing how deep they were and a few of the time they were very deep and I almost went over the handle bars. all in all amazing trail.

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  • ****

    Nice trails, fast and flowing with great views of fontana lake

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  • jfigel76

    One of my favorite trails to ride. Directional, which I love. About an hour to complete. Only open to bikers on certain days, no waiting for horses. No dabs, no major climbs, no dismounts and great scenery.

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  • GoldenGoose

    I prefer the Right loop over the Left because it has a little more techinical riding, climbing, and mileage. Kinda reminded me of the Thomspon and Mouse Branch loops, but easier and longer. Nothing advanced, just harder than what the left loop offers. It can easily be linked to the Left loop and done in the same ride for ~24 miles of easy pedaling.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Great Tsali Singletrack! More climbing and descending than the left loop. Awesome views at the overlook, although some of the trail up there is pretty overgrown

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  • jashyde

    I hit up the Right Loop on a hot Friday afternoon. The trail is well beaten down and fast in a lot of sections. Like some other reviewers mentioned there are some DEEP and WIDE muddy spots that will suck you down if you're not ready. I was expecting to see some features set up on this trail but there were none. Overall, a ride that will have your legs pumping. The campground worked out great but get there early on Friday to get a decent spot.

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  • scout_about

    Rode all of the trails at Tsali this past weekend. Honestly I liked the Right Loop the least. It is a good trail but compared to the others it didn't size up. I suggest everyoen still ride it but I found the trail without any cool features. The trail is not technical but does have climbs that make your legs burn. It was still fun but I thought Left loop was much better and a lot more fun, even at 45 degress in the rain.

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  • RoadWarrior

    Was on a family vacation near Pigon Forge so took the 2 hr early morning drive to Tasli. First the trails are as the other reviewers stated, but I think a little over hyped. The big distraction was the enormous mud pits, some 10 feet wide and almost as deep. If they fix the mud holes would give the trails a rating of 4

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  • JSurratt   ✓ supporter

    What I work out trail......not used to uphill trails like this back in Central Florida......we found that there are MOUNTIANS in Western North Carolina...LOL......however was a blast and the scenery riding the trail along the lakeside and the views from on top of Windy Ridge....breath taking......wow ....... could have stay there for hours, but knew we had to get back to the bottom and the ride down hill was awesome and fast.

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  • JSurratt   ✓ supporter

    Wow....what a killer loop......plenty of uphill and some fast downhill runs that will make you c*** your pants......this trail will give you the most workout, your legs will feel like jelly. Beautiful views of the Fontana Lake while you wind your way around the loop.

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  • MaxSV650

    awesome trail with varied terrain, views, conditions. my 6th time back and each time it seems to get better and better. riding on top of the lake with the flowers on the bushes hitting you on the shoulders... priceless!

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  • Giant_Boulder

    Not too tough or technical but still a challenge. Some nice downhill, great views even in the winter. Spiritual experience. Highly recommended for novices.

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  • pedrotyler

    fun always some thing challenging
    it is best to ride the trail backwards, for a better challange

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