Tsali Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."