Tsali Recreation Area

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Tsali Recreation Area

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  • Tsali Road/ NC Hwy. 28

    Robbinsville,   NC   28771


The area is named after a Cherokee Indian who once lived in this area. It is designed for camping, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

The trails are fast, hard-packed single-track, and they’re well designed and well used. Trails alternate use between mountain bikers and horseback riders on different days; 2 will always be open to mountain biking. There is a $2 trail use fee for one day.

The parking area has restrooms & an informational bulletin board. There is boat ramp access to Lake Fontana. The 4 long main trails wind along the lake shore and there are several connector trails, gravel roads and extension trails that give options besides the main loops. Three designated overlooks provide views of Fontana Lake & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the other side.

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Tsali Road/ NC Hwy. 28
Robbinsville NC 28771


Latitude: 35° 25' 23.8656" / Longitude: -83° 35' 11.1402"

Special Directions:

From Robbinsville, travel east on State Highway 143 until you reach the junction with Highway 28. Turn right at the stop sign and proceed south on Highway 28 for approximately 8.4 miles. The entrance to the Tsali Recreation Area will be on the north side (left) of the road and is well marked with signs. About one and a half miles from the entrance their is a parking area and it is a short walk to the various trailheads.

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