Showing posts with label Tsali. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tsali. Show all posts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Left Loop of Tsali Recreation Area Closed

From WKRK 1320 AM in Murphy, the Left Loop of the Tsali recreation area in Swain County is closed due to a slide. This will impact mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders in the area.

The other three main loops - Mouse, Thompson and Right Loops - remain open. The US Forest Service will be evaluating the slide and will issue an alert when the trail is reopened.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Feels like springtime!

It feels like spring is here!  What a change from just a few days ago.  It's 64 degrees and sunny in western North Carolina today.  Here's a look at Fontana Lake with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the background. As I stopped to take this photo, I was riding in the car with the sunroof open and the windows cracked. There's just something about that first time you can open the windows on the car and feel the warmth of the sun coming in the windows.  It's the little things in life, I guess.

Anyway, back to the photo.You can see some snow lingering from Thursday on the highest peaks.  This photo was taken at the overlook on the Graham County/Swain County line near Tsali Recreation Area, famous for its 42 miles of mountain bike/hiking/running/horseback riding trails.  I like to run the Mouse Branch Loop on days designated for horses, so I don't have to worry about getting in the way of a bike.  It's 8.7 miles and has views of the lakes.  It's a great place to train for a race, or just to get out and enjoy the woods.

We are going to try (a little harder) to update the blog more frequently.  Today we're taking the dogs for a nice long walk in the sun. We hope you are enjoying the springtime feel as much as we are. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Frosty Foot Trail Race - 8k 30k & 50k

It looks like we missed the registration this year for the Tsali Frosty Foot trail race, at least for the 8k and 30k races. However, if you're the adventurous type, there is are still two spots for the 50k (31 miles!). If you don't run this year, put it on your to-do list for next year like I am going to do.

The race is this Saturday, January 7th at the Tsali recreation area in Swain County, NC. This area is world renowned for its single-track mountain biking trails and is also great for hiking and running. We have discovered how much fun running these trails is this summer and fall. You can adjust your mileage using the shortcuts to make your hikes or runs as long or short as you want. And because the bike trail schedule alternates, you can find a trail to yourself if you're on foot.

Register and get more information at the official Frosty Foot website.

More general information on the Tsali recreation area can be found this website or information on mountain biking at Mountain Bike WNC.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tsali Mountain Biking Pictures

As promised...

Left Loop Trail cuts right through this old house...amazing the chimney is still standing after all these years.

Most of the trail is pretty tight single track with these pretty mountain laurel blooming on either side of you this time of the year. I also caught some whiffs of honeysuckle while flying by.

Single track for days!

The first half of Left Loop trail skirts Fontana Lake. That is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you see across the way. This view reminded me how lucky I am to live in the most beautiful place in the world.

Pretty much my only view of Landon all day. I've gotta get back into biking shape!

A very welcome sight after 11+ miles...the Trailhead sign!

And a video of Landon on one of those great downhill stretches.


Mountain Biking at Tsali

I went mountain biking with my friend Landon yesterday at the world-famous Tsali trails. The Tsali (pronounced SAH-lee) area boasts some of the best single track in the world and people come from all over the country to ride these trails. They are located on Highway 28 between Bryson City and Robbinsville, NC.

We tackled the Left Loop trail, which is eleven miles of rolling singletrack that skirts Fontana lake. Most of the trail is pretty level with a few big climbs that pay off with wide open downhill areas. I hadn't been biking in a while so I was pretty slow, but it was a beautiful day and I got some great pictures so it was definitely worth it.

There is plenty of information available on the web about the Tsali area, here are some links:

Mountain Bike WNC - General information on the history of the area, directions and lodging options.

Tsali Horse and Bike Trail information - Run by Graham County locals with maps, Trail information and a schedule of which trails are open each day

Tsali Area Informational Brochure - PDF of the same map and information given out at the ranger station.

Hundreds other pages can be found just by typing Tsali into Google or your favorite search engine.

I'll post pictures and videos later this evening after I pull them off my camera.