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Owner description: A bike trail with great facilities traversing challenging terrain.
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44 reviews
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“Fun trails with great views..”
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Having never been mt biking we thought we were crazy for trying these trails, but hearing such great things we wanted to give it a try. We went on a Saturday so our options were mouse and thompson. We chose mouse since we heard the views were awesome. There were a few parts we had to walk since the climb was intense but overall it was a fun, fast paced ride along the blue waters of the lake. If you enjoy adventure this is a must do while in the area!

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Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best trails in the East”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

These trails NEVER disappoint. Always well maintained, fast and fun to ride. If you like to mountain bike, D'ONT miss these 4 trails.

Visited July 2012
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
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“Amazing Trails”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

Long beautiful trails. They are not too steep of climbs, it all flows pretty nicely. We saw a total of 4 deer during the trail, which was a nice bonus. You can also take a little side trail to the lake and take a dip if you get too hot.

Visited July 2012
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Atlanta, GA
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Beautiful biking trails”
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Tsali is sort of legendary in the region for great mountain biking. The trails are gorgeous and well-maintained, and they roll through beaufitul country. Wildflowers, wildlife, lake views, adequate parking -- you can have it all. The trails are of varying lengths and technical difficulty, and which ones are open rotate from day to day, so hikers, bikers, and horsefolk can take turns enjoying these great trails without getting in each other's way.

I have not stayed at the campsite, so I can't speak for that, but I have ridden there on 4 different occasions at different times of the year, and the experience has been uniformly great. Highly recommended!

Visited May 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Tsali - Legendary Mountain Biking”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

I have been to Tsali several times as it is a short trip by car up from Atlanta. It took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive from the north side of Atlanta.

Tsali has 4 trails arranged in sort of a clover leaf. Mouse Branch and Thompson Loop on the west side and Right Loop and Left Loop on the east side. Let me say it this way, if you own a mountain bike you owe it to yourself to ride these trails. On weekends Mouse and Thompson are open to cyclists on Saturday, and Right and Left are open on Sunday. The trails are shared with horses and hikers and this systems ensures that everyone stays happy.

There are few places that offer the scenic views and variety of terrain that Tsali does. You will be treated to breath taking overlooks and an unforgettable experience.

The terrain is not what most experienced mountain bikers would call technical, however if you are not used to riding in wilderness areas this will be a little different for you and you must plan accordingly.

Do no ride without a helmet. Period. Make sure you bring plenty of water and the tools to change a flat tire. Someone in your group will get a flat tire. I also carry spare shifter cables and a spare chain because I almost always need these too or come across someone on the trail who needs them.

It is possible for you to get 5 or 6 miles away from your car here when you have an equipment problem and while that may not seem like much, it is a long way to push a bike.

There is a campground at Tsali that you can use and the facilites are adequate, but it is not huge (42 campsites I think) and these will fill up on weekends with nice weather so plan accordingly. I do not think there are any campsites that will accomodate a large RV, and it can get pretty rowdy on weekends when mountain bike races are held. Checkout goneriding.com for a schedule of when there will be races.

If you want to see a video of what the trails look like check out this link: http://www.pretrail.com/trail_system/14

Like I said before, if you own a mountain bike Tsali should be on your bucket list of places to ride. Don't pass this one up!

Visited April 2012
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