7 miles
Distance
1,317 ft
Climb
-1,317 ft
Descent
00:00:09
Avg time
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Thompson Loop Details

  • Riding area
    Tsali Recreation Area
    Bryson City, North Carolina
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Global Ranking

Some stream crossings and old logging roads. Mixed pine and hardwood forests at Tsali are easily recognized on this trail. Some old homesites. Neat part of forest with tall hemlocks and rhododendron, not typical of the heavily logged areas at Tsali. More great lakeshore singletrack riding with long, gradual hills. Some really great fast gravel road sections.

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More Stats for Thompson Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude min
    1,725 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,095 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,760 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,760 ft
  • Grade max
    -57.36%
  • Grade min
    33.247%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,134 ft
  • Avg time
    00:00:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:20
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Status:
on Oct 15, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3.75 (6 votes)

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Thompson Loop Trail Reports

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Oct 15, 2017 @ 8:25am
Oct 15, 2017
2 trees required dismounting on ridge lines. Stream crossings wet with little water. Trail getting covered in leaves. Great condition! Even got...
Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:15am
Jul 28, 2017
Very muddy
Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:14am
Jul 28, 2017
Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:14am
Jul 28, 2017
Very muddy
May 3, 2017 @ 3:23pm
May 3, 2017
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Nov 21, 2016 @ 11:14am
Nov 21, 2016
Thompson Loop, Greensboro

1 Review & Comments

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flag sehuffman (Oct 9, 2017 at 16:22)
 Medium sized downed tree in the last mile of this loop as of 9 October 2017. Also the National Forest service recommends riding this loop in the opposite direction than is shown here.
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