Distance: left loop 11.9 miles, right loop 11 miles, Thompson loop 8 miles, Mouse Branch loop 6.6 miles
Rating: moderate
Elevation: gently rolling, 1760' to 2040'.
Surface: dirt
Maps: USGS Quadrangle: Noland Creek at 35 24' 22"N, 83 35' 09"W
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Access: Tsali Campground ( Nantahala National Forest or here ) is located in North Carolina north of Highway 28 between Fontana and Bryson City, about 20 miles east of Fontana and about 3 miles west of the junction of 28 and US 19.

Description: The Tsali (SAH-lee) trail system is a beautiful but heavily used set of single tracks that follows the shore of Fontana Lake. The Smoky Mountains provide magnificent panoramas across the lake to the north. The trails are well marked, so navigation should not be a problem. The original Tsali trail was a horse trail. The Forest service and volunteers developed additional trails (Mouse Branch and Thompson) in the last few years to separate the horse and bike traffic. The current schedule permits bikes on the Tsali loops on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On the other days, bikes are permitted on the Thompson and Mouse Branch trails. Check the signs at the trail heads for current access restrictions, also see Tsali info, or or Tsali trail brochure, or here, or you might check with the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Tsali Knobscorcher mountain bike race GPS track/elevation profile.

Classic Tsali picture (53K) from overlook.

A trail fee of $2/day ($15/year) is now required. For further information contact:

Cheoah Ranger District (NC National Forests)
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28721

More maps and waypoints for the nearby Great Smoky Mountain Naional Park

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