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hiking
5 days ago

Didn’t quite make it to the outlook because we ran out of daylight but it’s very peaceful and I highly suggest going down to the water. It’s very beautiful and refreshing!

on Tsali Right Loop

2 months ago

Nice walk by the lake, with pretty of places to take a swim. Trail could be marked a little better and I did notice a few well worn side trails. Over a nice walk

mountain biking
3 months ago

Pretty views of the lake and good flowing trail.

This is a good mountain bike trail, but I came to hike. there were nice views of the lake.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Great trail, very pretty area, nice single and double track (mainly single), well maintained, and not too difficult. I rode it on Sunday (direction may matter), and it was fairly easy, rolling, nothing too steep for too long. Good stuff.

NOTE: this is part of the Tsali rec area trail system (even though a search for Tsali here doesn't return it).

hiking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Similar to Right Loop in that there's only 1 or 2 big climbs (the last hill before descending down a gravel road back to the parking lot is a beast) and some nice flowing sections. It skirts Lake Fontana for a bit and be on your toes here. A mistake could send you tumbling down the hill into the water. There's a nice scenic overlook before leaving the lake and heading back into the woods. I prefer Left Loop over Right but they're both fun and of equal difficulty.

hiking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fun ride and a good workout. One or two challenging ascents and the last hill is a beast. A couple of sections have some great flow. If Right Loop isn't enough it's possible to link up with Left Loop and ride both. Keep an eye out for wildlife, I've seen deer all over Tsali.

mountain biking
Monday, March 21, 2011

Regardless of how you ride this bad boy it will give you one heck of a work out! Some buddy's and I went to Tsali for spring break to experience firsthand all the stories we had been told about "Tsali Mountain Biking" and were we pleased! Right Loop is intense, with looong climbs, but some awesome overlooks and just an overall good ride. It's not too fast of a track, lots of uphill so it'll get you back into riding shape REAL quick. All-in-all, right loop was a good ride, definitely wish we had a trail like this to train on in Athens, GA!

on Tsali Right Loop

mountain biking
Monday, March 21, 2011

I rode the right loop shortly after a rain and the trail was significantly dry and in great Mountain Biking conditions. This trail is great however it is long we were told to ride the perimeter but we only rode the right loop due to how tired we were. The last few miles are on a forestry road that allows for high speeds and fun descents. The rest of the trail is single track loop that has a recommended route which is tough but when you finish it is very rewarding. We were their during the middle of the week and we saw nobody while on the trail. Keep in mind that Sun, Mon, Weds, and Fri are the days that Right and Left Loops are open to Mountain Bikers. The time attached to the review is riding time we did stop for lunch and pictures.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 07, 2010

The fact that I combined Left Loop with Right Loop, means that I did the right loop against the grain, meaning I had a lot of head ons with other bikers, most of which seemed to be extremely stuck up, and did / do not have a clue about the Mountain Biking code of ethics!!
The right loop, just as her smaller sister is a very easy loop, but probably not quite as scenic, but saying that, it is probably faster with a few technical spots, that if possible should be taken faster rather than slower.

If I had to make a choice between the Left or Right Loop, I would probably lean towards the Right Loop, but I would suggest that if possible, combine the two loops in one ride.

The Tsali Loops are sweet loops, but they are definitely not in the same league as the Trails in the Brevard Pisgah region, or the Dupont State forest Trails.
I take my hat off to the people that maintain the trail, the $2 per rider is well worth it, because it is clear that the money is going back into the trails and the trails are very well maintained without giving them a sterile feel.
If i could change one thing on these loops, I would make them a One Way system, I have rode trails in for example Colorado and Oregon that have One Way trails, this way a rider never has to worry about a kamikaze rider hitting them head on whilst climbing, or on a blind spot. I think Tsali is far too busy to allow a Both Way system

mountain biking
Saturday, August 07, 2010

Today, with 2 new tubes and a spanking new rear tire, I returned to ride the Tsali Left and Right Loop.
I started with the left loop at 9.30am, I was the only car in the parking, which to me meant, I was the first biker on the trail, I could open up, at least for the first section of the loop. The left loop is a very easy and non technical, and can be taken pretty fast, however, this does not give you Carte Blanche to become gung-ho, there are sections on this trail that allow no errors, any errors on this loop can mean a visit to the Prince of the deep water or a long drop into the lake, as others would say.
The left loop has quite a few fun and fast sections with low grade switchbacks, a few minor climbs, and a pretty scenic section that follows a very narrow track along the very blue / green lake.
All in all a very nice loop.

on Left Loop

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