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Tsali Recreation Area

Near: Bryson CityNC (Weather)
Number of
4 Total
42 Difficulty: More Difficult Trail
Trail Description A variety of single track and old logging roads that meander through mixed pine and hardwoods. The rolling terrain offers plenty of opportunity to trot or canter your horses. There are a few places where you should walk them but even there it's not terribly technical. There are four loops ranging in length from 7.3 miles to 13.9 miles. The trails are shared with mountain bikers and hikers but the bikes and horses are kept separate by designating use of two trails each on alternating days.
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Campground While there is no official horse camping, we were told by the Cheoah Ranger District (828-479-6431) that is was okay to camp in the "old" boat ramp area. This is basically a gravel parking lot so everything is primitive. There is a primitive camp nearby for hikers and mountain bikers but horses are not allowed in that area.
Human Facilities: Horse Facilities: Operated by: Contact: Additional Information
Primitive U. S. Forest Service
Cheoah Ranger District
1133 Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28721
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Directions From Bryson City: Take U.S. 19 south for 9 miles to NC 28 west. Turn right on NC 28. Go 5 miles and look for sign on right.
This information was provided by gem on 6/14/2008 11:00:34 AM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

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