Tsali Campground

Almond, North Carolina

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What do a Cherokee, a pioneer, a big dam, and mountain biking have in common? Answer: They have all played a major part in the evolution of Tsali Recreation Area. In 1838, during a forced removal of native peoples biking, boating, to the American West that became known as the Trail horseback riding, of Tears, a Cherokee leader by the name of Tsali turned himself in so other Cherokee could remain in the area. Early in this century, pioneer Harv Brown raised corn along Mouse Branch; there he turned his grain into “corn juice,” otherwise known as moonshine. In the 1940s, when Fontana Dam was built, Harv and his kinfolk moved away. Now Harv’s plot is Tsali Campground, where hikers, horseback riders, and espe- cially mountain bikers congregate. These hearty adventurers catch their collective breath here at Tsali between excursions along the 39 miles of trails.
The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

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The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

What do a Cherokee, a pioneer, a big dam, and mountain biking have in common? Answer: They have all played a major part in the evolution of Tsali Recreation Area. In 1838, during a forced removal of native peoples biking, boating, to the American West that became known as the Trail horseback riding,
of Tears, a Cherokee leader by the name of Tsali turned himself in so other Cherokee could remain in the area.

Early in this century, pioneer Harv Brown raised corn along Mouse Branch; there he turned his grain into “corn juice,” otherwise known as moonshine. In the 1940s, when Fontana Dam was built, Harv and his kinfolk moved away. Now Harv’s plot is Tsali Campground, where hikers, horseback riders, and espe-
cially mountain bikers congregate. These hearty adventurers catch their collective breath here at Tsali between excursions along the 39 miles of trails.

© 2010 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Almond
Season: April-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Swain County Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Tsali Campground

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