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Nantahala National Forest

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Recommended Routes in Nantahala National Forest - 5

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Favorite Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Intermediate

Tsali Left and Right Loops - IMBA Epic

24.8 mi 39.9 km 1,707' Up 520.28 m Up 1,725' Down 525.68 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Descending Mouse Branch Overlook Trail
Intermediate

Tsali Mouse Branch and Thompson Loops

14.9 mi 23.9 km 1,566' Up 477.29 m Up 1,553' Down 473.35 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Intermediate

Tsali Left Loop - Entire Ride

11.0 mi 17.7 km 968' Up 295.1 m Up 964' Down 293.97 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Panthertown Valley Trail at Salt Gap scenic overlook.
Intermediate/Difficult

Panthertown North Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km 805' Up 245.31 m Up 860' Down 262.19 m Down

Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Panthertown Valley Trail at Salt Gap scenic overlook.
Intermediate/Difficult

Panthertown Loop

12.0 mi 19.3 km 1,523' Up 464.17 m Up 1,515' Down 461.9 m Down

Cullowhee, NC

Nantahala National Forest Biking

  • 209 Miles 336 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 26 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 12 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 37

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6.2 mi 10.0 km #1Thompson Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 20 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #2Mouse Branch Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 18 
10.5 mi 16.9 km #3Tsali Right Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 17 
6.0 mi 9.7 km #4Old Bald Ridge (Big Bald Trail) #4652
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
10.8 mi 17.3 km #5Moses Creek FS Road #4651
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
8.2 mi 13.1 km #6Blazes Creek FS Road #64
Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Intermediate
Franklin, NC
3.7 mi 5.9 km #7Connelly Creek FS Road #86
Difficult
Sylva, NC
Difficult
Sylva, NC
3.3 mi 5.4 km #8Dryland Laurel Branch #4675
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
2.0 mi 3.2 km #9Huckleberry Ridge FS Road #65
Difficult
Sylva, NC
Difficult
Sylva, NC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Turkey Chute
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 22

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Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Oct 15, 2013 near Bryson…, NC
Descending Mouse Branch Overlook Trail
Jul 31, 2013 near Bryson…, NC
The beautiful overlook at Tsali!
Feb 11, 2018 near Bryson…, NC
October 2017
Oct 2, 2017 near Bryson…, NC
Panthertown Valley Trail at Salt Gap scenic overlook.
Jul 17, 2018 near Cullowhee, NC
Fontana Lake, from the Tsali Left Loop.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is across the lake.
Jun 17, 2013 near Bryson…, NC
Left Loop view
Jul 31, 2013 near Bryson…, NC
Tsali Left loop Trail Along Fontana Lake/ Mouse Branch, Smokey Mountain National Park in the Background
Aug 9, 2014 near Bryson…, NC