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      Tsali is a great trail system with trails that mix up flowy fun with some technical challenges. Be sure to check the trail use schedule before you head out. Mouse & Thompson and Right & Left Loop are open to mountain bikers and horses on alternating days so please respect the schedule Bathrooms and water are available at the parking area. There is a $2 day use fee and camping is available.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Land Status: National Forest
      Land Manager: Nantahala NF, Cheoah Ranger District
      Parking google parking directions
      Disclaimer:
      Jan./Feb./March/April/June/Sept./Nov./Dec.
      Right Loop and Left Loop:

      Horses – Tuesday , Thursday, & Saturday
      Mountain Bikes –Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
      Mouse Branch and Thompson Loop:

      Horses – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
      Mountain Bikes – Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
      May/July/August/October
      Right Loop and Left Loop:

      Horses – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
      Mountain Bikes – Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
      Mouse Branch and Thompson Loop:

      Horses – Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
      Mountain Bikes – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
      There is a per-person day use fee for trail use. Fees can be paid at either the Tsali Bike or Horse Trailheads.
      Hiking: open every day
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      Region Details
      • 4
      • 3
      • 9

      Region Status
      Caution as of Oct 12, 2020
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      16
      Trails Mountain Bike
      16
      Trails Hike
      16
      Trails Trail Running
      16
      Trails Horse
      16
      Total Distance
      42 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      4,220 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,759 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,463 ft
      Reports
      147
      Photos
      50
      Ridden Counter
      4,856

      Photos of Tsali Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Thompson Loop
      50 |
      Dec 7, 2021 @ 3:45pm
      Dec 7, 2021
      trail: Left Loop
      63 |
      Dec 4, 2021 @ 7:12am
      Dec 4, 2021
      25 |
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 11:23am
      Oct 20, 2021
      26 |
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 11:23am
      Oct 20, 2021
      25 |
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 11:23am
      Oct 20, 2021
      29 |
      Oct 20, 2021 @ 11:22am
      Oct 20, 2021
      trail: Left Loop
      115 |
      May 11, 2021 @ 6:58pm
      May 11, 2021
      372 |
      Dec 8, 2015 @ 4:44pm
      Dec 8, 2015

      Videos of Tsali Recreation Area Mountain Bike

      trail: Left Loop
      1:00 | 122 | Oct 15, 2020
      trail: Left Loop
      0:40 | 63 | Oct 15, 2020

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Thompson Loop Access
      Apr 23, 2022 @ 11:20am
      Apr 23, 2022
      Idealeonmellitz
      Thompson Loop
      Apr 23, 2022 @ 11:20am
      Apr 23, 2022
      Idealeonmellitz
      Mouse Branch Loop
      Dec 5, 2021 @ 9:34am
      Dec 5, 2021
      VariableMostly dry but some low areas with...Chemmech
      Right Loop
      Nov 1, 2021 @ 12:48pm
      Nov 1, 2021
      IdealBeautiful day! My goodness the leaves are...Jeremy122776 EBCI
      Overlook Trail
      Nov 1, 2021 @ 12:48pm
      Nov 1, 2021
      IdealSlightly overgrown on the edges. Kinda...Jeremy122776 EBCI
      Overlook Loop
      Nov 1, 2021 @ 12:48pm
      Nov 1, 2021
      IdealSlightly overgrown on the edges. Kinda...Jeremy122776 EBCI
      Left Loop
      Oct 17, 2021 @ 6:46pm
      Oct 17, 2021
      Ideal Tree downmikegehard Chattanooga
      Overlook Loop Access
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 7:55am
      Sep 12, 2021
      IdealSome horse poop in the middle of the trailPineappleDouche
      County Line Road
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 7:55am
      Sep 12, 2021
      IdealPineappleDouche
      Parking Lot
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 7:55am
      Sep 12, 2021
      IdealPineappleDouche

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #3054351GDOGMTB727wishlisttrailLeft Loop
      Jun 30, 2022 @ 3:52am
      19 mins
      user #1230220mleosuwishlistrouteTsali (IMBA Epic)
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 10:49pm
      Jun 26, 2022
      user #1151817Ma11hewjdavisonwishlisttrailLeft Loop
      Jun 23, 2022 @ 6:27pm
      Jun 23, 2022
      user #3042887SkriglerwishlisttrailLeft Loop
      Jun 12, 2022 @ 7:25pm
      Jun 12, 2022
      user #2352687MattThomas08wishlistrouteTsali (IMBA Epic)
      Jun 8, 2022 @ 4:57pm
      Jun 8, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #929599TeamLizardreportMouse Branch LoopMade one cut through a pine tree blocking the...
      Jul 4, 2021 @ 2:06pm
      Jul 4, 2021
      user #1363913mb27trailMouse Branch LoopThis was a really nice Loop. Unfortunately...
      May 24, 2021 @ 5:17am
      May 24, 2021
      user #1359275sharknado33trailLeft LoopLots of trail work done on Right and Left...
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 4:24pm
      Apr 25, 2021
      user #1359275sharknado33trailRight LoopThey have done SO much work on Right and Left...
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 2:44pm
      Apr 25, 2021
      user #2140717BillrosketrailMouse Branch LoopFinally - a nice flowing trail with minimal...
      Jul 12, 2020 @ 12:29pm
      Jul 12, 2020

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1642 miles4,219 ft18 miles1,759 ft
      #1,784#9493614712,332
      Hike1642 miles4,219 ft18 miles1,759 ft
      #1,399#845914741
      Trail Running1642 miles4,219 ft18 miles1,759 ft
      #1,404#84314725
      Horse1642 miles4,219 ft18 miles1,759 ft
      #73#60361
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