Tsali MTB Trails North Carolina
Perched right up against Fontana lake and the Smokies, the Tsali trails provide arguably some of the best mountain biking in the entire Southeast. Four loop trails, nearly all single track, virtually no long climbs, and beautiful views. The trails are not as technically challenging as many of my rides in North Georgia, but there were a few tough spots. There is a $2 a day (at the time) day use fee. The Forest Service also allows horses on the trails. Mountain Bikers and horseback riders are kept separated by alternating use of the trails. A schedule is posted at the trail head.
There is a campground at Tsali with 41 sites. At $15 a night (at the time), this is pretty steep and the bathroom/shower facilities aren't very nice (although the water was hot). On nice weekends, the campground is generally full. However, you can camp in the National Forest for free and there is one campsite right near the trails (you'll be lucky if you can get this one!). Because it is National Forest, you can "create" your own campsites anywhere, but we saw a couple of nice spots just off of the road. Because I was with a group (4 folks), we paid the $15 a night ($3.75 a piece) and made good (and "legal") use of the showers.
The Tsali trails are located in the Nantahala National Forest. The closest town is Nantahala Village. For more information and a map:
Cheoah Ranger District
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