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Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Tsali=Excellence in MTBiking! The only problems......is the trail is out growing its users. There is plenty of State Grant Money to build another trail system just like Tsali in the Bryson City area. We need to form a serious MTBike group to address these issues. If you're local and want to get involved, email me.
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Latitude
35.37561413174875
Longitude
-83.5565185546875
Trail Directions
Plenty of woods to build trails.....We need to get organized.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bryson City
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 31, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: BaggiesOnly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the second year trip to Tsali. After hitting it a year ago, I had to go back. Having read and heard much about the trails, it still lived up to its reputation. It is not technical as most have already observed but well designed and loads of fun! There are several difficult climbs for weekend warriors but nothing overwhelming. The long lasting, fast downhills make up for any lung and leg pain involved. The scenery is amazing on the Left Loop but the Right Loop is a close second!
Mouse Branch Loop and Thompson Loop are less difficult but both have some great sections of trail. Beginners can pick one of these to complete and weekend warriors can easily take on both in one day, with big smiles. The downhill at the end of the Thompson loop is the best one at the whole trail system and well worth the long winding cranking to get there.( Providing you don’t smash your face on a tree.)
All in all this is a great riding area if you can take in all of the trails, you will get the best each unique loop has to offer. You won’t be disappointed by the breathtaking views either! Keep in mind the alternating trail days for your trip because you will have to be there at least two days to enjoy all Tsali has to give.



Recommended Route:
I recommend the Left Loop, in its preferred direction, as the overall best single loop, if you can only do one. Its downhills are fun and the scenery is awesome. Combining the Left with the Right Loop would be the best if your legs and lungs are up for it. For those who lack the endurance, you can at least do the Left Loop and then a smaller trail on the Right Loop. Avid riders will have no problem completing both full loops. Weekend warriors will likely have to choose one or at least take a break between them.

If you are there and have to ride on the day designated for the Mouse Branch and the Thompson Loop- I recommend the Thompson for the overall flow and the great big long downhill at the end. Also riding the Thompson in the opposite direction proved to be amazingly fast through much of the trail. You loose the big downhill since you are climbing it first, but the remainder of the trail is great fun and seemed to be more downhill than uphill overall.



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Review Date
October 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: joe therider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place is good if you accept it for what it is, a race course. There is nothing tech, no great climbes, and the trails arent that long, hell im from new jersey and i did mouse loop once and thompson loop twice in just over two hrs, I guess i was just expecting something alot better, considering where im from, there is better riding than tsali in NJ...alot better. Next time Ill hit Pisgah, and i hear Fontana village is good

Recommended Route:
I rode mouse loop and thomson loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
no



Comments
kphmeikle@optonline. (07/23/2009)
you should have hit pisgah im from jersey an ride chimney rok alot , its a small but fun place , i loved tsali rode there several days and think they should think about running watchung and south mtn. like the way they run tsali alternating sections so we can ride there again so there would be harmoney with eq. an hikrs an bikrs
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Review Date
May 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ALLEN , from Ral.

Summary:
maybe you should contact the land mangaers for Tsali and see what thier future plans are for that trail system. also, consider getting IMBA involved, they pull lots of weight. i am an advocate and trail builder, but i'm a little too far away to be effective. good luck!!



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Review Date
March 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: steve dooley , from Robbinsville

Summary:
Good idea! Where do we start? Your right Tsali is good, but its played out. I've been looking at a piece of property up the road from Tsali, it's 900 acres of privatley owned woods. It would be perfect for a trail! If you get a chance, email me ASAP!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tsali, Winding Stairs



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