Mouse Branch is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Almond, NC and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Talk about everything you ever wanted in a mountain bike trail crammed into 7 of the most glorious miles you have ever rode! Minus the gnarly wipe out I had on one of the swtichback infested downhills, Mouse Branch is the best trail I have ever rode. Knowing that I am only 2.5 hours away from Tsali and these trails, I will be making a few weekend trips back up there to ride Mouse again!
This loop at the Tsali Recreation Area is an amazing old forest road that has been turned into a single track with a great scenic overlook that can be taken. The trail has some great downhill stretches as well as good moderate grade climbs the scenery is worth the trip. Although the crowds were a little heavier the way the trail is designed it is easy to allow riders to pass. Keep in mind Tues, Thurs, and Sat are the days that Mouse and Thompson are open for bikers.