Tsali Trails For Mountain Biking

The MOST popular mountain bike trail in North Carolina.

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Southwest of Asheville and Bryson City, the famous Tsali mountain biking loops are Left Loop (11.9 mi.), Right Loop (11 mi.), Thompson Loop (7.7 mi.), and Mouse Branch Loop (6.5 mi.). These trails are shared by mountain bikers and horseback riders -- two loops are open each day to the respective riding groups.

To reach the trailhead from Asheville, head west on US40 towards Cherokee. Continue on US19 through Cherokee and Bryson City. Turn right heading west on SR28 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on forest road heading north. Continue to end of road.

Note, this region is pretty much shutdown during off-season (Nov.-Mar.), including campgrounds and cabins.

Overall, Tsali Trails is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 24 mountain biking rides in North Carolina. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Tsali Trails including Blue Valley Trail, Little Yellow Mountain Gap Trail, Fires Creek Area, State Line Trail, Trace Ridge / Spencer Gap, Bent Creek - Hard Times Trailhead and Round Bottom Road.

Tsali Trails in Nantahala NF (NC/US)

Tsali Trails in Nantahala NF (NC/US)

Tsali Trails in Nantahala NF (NC/US)

Tsali Trails in Nantahala NF (NC/US)

Tsali Trails Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Nantahala National Forest (828) 258-6101; North Carolina Tourism (919) 733-4171; Western Spirit Tours (435) 259-8732.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina (Smokies" from Jim Parham

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Tsali Campground; Nantahala Outdoor Center (828) 488-2175.

Luxury Loding:  Nantahala Village Resort (828) 488-9000

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rivers End Restaurant, Nantahala

Reference Source:  click here http://www.mtbikewnc.com/

GPS:  35.372, -83.57

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  8/5/2016

ID:  6305

Tsali Trails Mountain Biking Map


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