Bryson - North Carolina

Mountain biking in Bryson

Named after the 19th century Cherokee Indian martyr, Tsali Recreation Area Trail Systems has attracted numerous mountain bikers from all around the world. Located just 15 miles west of Bryson City, this 42-mile trail network is rated as one of the top ten riding destinations in the USA. The “flowy” four-loop system boasts a wide range of landscapes and trail types including singletrack and logging roads. However, the highlight of the system is the Tsali Left Loop and Right Loop. Together, they make up a 24-mile IMBA EPIC ride.  

While hikers may use the trails at any time of the week, mountain bikers and equestrians use the tracks alternately. At the trailheads, there are signs that list available trails for the given day. Also, there are color trail map signs at each trail intersection for navigation and emergency response. 

Apart from the Tsali Recreation Area, Bryson also has other great trail systems in and around the area such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Fire Mountain Trail System.

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When to go

Summers in Bryson City are long, warm, and humid. Usually, the warm season lasts for around 4 months with an average daily high temperature above 77F. July is considered to be the hottest month of the year.

The best time to visit Bryson City for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.

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Bryson is proud to be a paradise for fans of outdoor activities. Apart from the wonderful mountain biking trails in the Tsali Recreation Area, this small town has a bunch of other vacation destinations such as Nantahala River (rafting and kayaking) and Fontana Lake (boating and fishing). Also, the region has creeks for tubing, trails for hiking and horseback riding, and some fantastic waterfalls too. After the morning's outdoor activities, spend the afternoon shopping at some of the unique stores around the town, or visit extraordinary galleries; and then the evening dining in one of the city’s fine restaurants. The fun will never end while you’re in Bryson!

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