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    Tsali April Ď20

    Iíll be staying in Franklin, NC second week of April 2020 and looking at riding Tsali. Also any other local trail systems that you would recommend. Any tips, tricks, or info would be appreciated - TIA.


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    Honestly, eastern TN, northern GA or anything Pisgah or East. Nothing good between Tennessee and Pisgah.

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    Check out Fire mountain, Jackrabbit and the trails at Western Carolina University.

    Jackrabbit is fast and flowy.

    I haven't ridden the other two but have heard good things.

    All three are within 30 to 45 minutes of Franklin.

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    Tsali April Ď20

    Quote Originally Posted by kwhorne View Post
    Iíll be staying in Franklin, NC second week of April 2020 and looking at riding Tsali. Also any other local trail systems that you would recommend. Any tips, tricks, or info would be appreciated - TIA.


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    As you can see, youíll get a lot of opinions on trail quality. It might help if you tell us what youíre looking for.

    Jackrabbit - Flat, novice level. I rode it once to get some miles while training. They managed to make it as smooth and level as it could possibly be skirting a lake. Very much like Lake James.

    Western Carolina U - Smooth and machine cut but has some up and down at least. Ridden it 4 or 5 times.

    Tsali - At least itís more traditional single track than the others, and good views of Fontana Lake, but really, past itís time.

    Fire Mountain - Smooth but very bermed out with tabletops and a few interesting features. About 800ft top to bottom, so, much more elevation than the others. Several descending options. Plans to build more, but not sure when.

    One thing to consider is weather. If thereís a lot of rain, the smooth treaded places may be pretty slippy and therefore boring (if not closed). IMO, if you canít go fast, thereís no reason to be on those trails (vs rocky single track, like Pisgah).

    Check out Trailforks and MtbProject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wu-D View Post
    Tsali - At least itís more traditional single track than the others, and good views of Fontana Lake, but really, past itís time.
    Abject poppycock.

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    No, Tsali isn't 'teh new hotness' in popularity. But it's still decent singletrack. Some of the forest is pretty open, so it can be unpleasantly hot in the summertime, though. But it's in my rotation.

    Me, I try not to be a trail snob. I just like trails.

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    Tsali is still nice. I enjoyed it.

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