Tsali - Thompson Loop

Dillsboro, North Carolina

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While a bit more twisty than its longer cousins, Thompson Loop offers up what is probably the finest and fastest descent in Tsali. The singletrack starts off with sweet downhill cruising through the rhododendron. While the maps show that you start climbing from there, you’ll swear that you’re going down more than up. Then you’ll want to check your brakes (particularly you Clydesdales!) before you climb onto the luge run back down to the road. This mile-long downhill puts any roller coaster to shame and will have you screaming with delight for the entire length. Tread: 6.6 miles of singletrack; 1 mile of gated Forest Service road.
Mountain Biking North Carolina

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Mountain Biking North Carolina

by Timm Muth (Falcon Guides)

While a bit more twisty than its longer cousins, Thompson Loop offers up what is probably the finest and fastest descent in Tsali. The singletrack starts off with sweet downhill cruising through the rhododendron. While the maps show that you start climbing from there, you’ll swear that you’re going down more than up.

Then you’ll want to check your brakes (particularly you Clydesdales!) before you climb onto the luge run back down to the road. This mile-long downhill puts any roller coaster to shame and will have you screaming with delight for the entire length. Tread: 6.6 miles of singletrack; 1 mile of gated Forest Service road.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Dillsboro
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Fontana Village (800) 849-2261
Local Maps: USGS Noland Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Tsali - Thompson Loop

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