Thompson Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews
#4 of 4 trails in

Thompson Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
741 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

mountain biking

6 months ago

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great trail. Ms. Awesome did really well.

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

mountain biking
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Great trail to really move on. The climbs are not so steep, and the downhills are long. Plenty of roots and rocks, but enjoy the open woods and the tight coves.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The shortest trail at Tsali but don't let that deter you. It has some fun, fast sections. If you're riding a hard tail get ready to have your bones rattled near the end: it's fast and bumpy. Be ready on the brakes too, you get spit out onto the gravel road where you started before you know it.

mountain biking
Monday, June 06, 2011

This is my favorite trail of the four in the Tsali area. The trail is accessible from the Tsali Campground and offers a little bit of everything. Pay your trail fee ($2.00) at the Left/Right Loop trail head and then head across the campground access road to access the Thompson Loop and Mouse Loop trails. The trail features rolling terrain, creek crossings and a few extended climbs to get the legs burning. A few of the creek crossing are quite rocky, so make sure you are in an easy gear in order to be able to carry enough pedal speed and momentum. The loop is capped of with a mile-long decent to the trail head which is a blast. There is no better reward after a long climb than being able to bomb the final decent.