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    Tsali trail conditions

    I'm considering driving up from north suburbs of Atlanta to Tsali to camp with my sons next week for their school break. We'd mt bike and maybe get a river rafting trip and some hiking. Mostly looking just to unplug and relax. I've been to Tsali in 1998 and 2002 on road trips from Connecticut, so it's been awhile.

    How are the trails conditions? Anything to consider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rides like drunk ostrich View Post
    Anything to consider?
    There's MUCH better riding elsewhere.

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    For the past 3 years I have been riding at Tsali every Haloween. I think the trails are in way better shape than they were in the early 2000.
    Now I have Fire Mountain in Cherokee only 30 mins away from Tsali so I get to ride it also. I get 3 great days of riding in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COTarHeel View Post
    There's MUCH better riding elsewhere.
    And that's what makes it nice to go to Tsali sometimes. It's nice and quiet out there because the trail snobs avoid the place. It's just a different vibe.

    My last time out there was in the spring, and I camped with my wife. Trails were in good shape then.

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    Tsali in the fall can be an awesome experience.

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    I rode there Monday and the trails were in great shape, just a little dry.

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    You could hit Jackrabbit Campground trails in Hayesville, NC on the way to Tsali, or on the way home for some variety. Mileage-wise it's less than half Tsail, but the trails were built from the ground up for MTB. They have great flow, views of the lake, and a few sections with jump options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COTarHeel View Post
    There's MUCH better riding elsewhere.
    I know but my favorite trails at Millstone in Vermont and Derby in Tasmania are a bit of a drive!

    Joking... Where do you recommend? Tsali is appealing because we can tent camp at the trail head and ride from there. I'll be able to ride with my sons and also ride solo while they chill out at the campsite. Also, the Nantahala Outdoor Center is nearby and we might kayak or go rafting from there. And Tsali is only a 3 hr drive from my house.

    I've ridden in Pisgah and Dupont which of course are good but an extra few hours drive for me. Let me know where else to consider riding.

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    There is an out and back trail from the NOC that is supposed to be fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    And that's what makes it nice to go to Tsali sometimes. It's nice and quiet out there because the trail snobs avoid the place.
    I'd hardly say that pointing out the fact that there are better trails in WNC makes one a trail snob. I didn't say that Tsali sucks or anyone who rides there is a moron.

    Tsali is fun. Tsali is pretty. But I cannot for the life of me understand its reputation as the #1 bestest most kickass awesome happy super fun time place to ride in all of North Carolina.

    I will always suggest people who have ridden Tsali but not Pisgah go to Pisgah. I didn't know he'd already ridden Pisgah, as the original post only said that he'd ridden Tsali before. For OP's purposes, especially wanting to raft as well, it sounds like a great fit.

    In the interest of answering his follow up question, I'd suggest Davidson River Campground for camping and riding from your site in Pisgah. Or Sugar and/or Beech for something different that his sons would probably enjoy. I also feel your pain being removed from your favorite trail. Buff Creek is way too far of a drive from my current house.

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