Tsali Campground Professional Review and Guide
"What do a Cherokee Indian, a pioneer, a big dam, and mountain biking have in common? Answer: They all played a part in the evolution of Tsali Recreation Area. Back during the Trail of Tears, a Cherokee leader by the name of Tsali turned himself in so other Cherokee could remain in the area. These Indians formed the nucleus of the Eastern Band of Cherokee who now live on the reservation adjacent to Bryson City.
Early in this century, pioneer Harv Brown raised corn along Mouse Branch; there he turned his corn into “corn juice,” otherwise known as moonshine. In the 1940s, Fontana Dam was built; Harv and his kinfolk moved away. Now Harv’s plot is Tsali Campground, where hikers, horseback riders, and, especially, mountain bikers congregate. These hearty adventurers catch their collective breath here at Tsali between excursions along the 39 miles of trails that emanate from the campground bordering Fontana Lake."