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Tsali Guided Mountain Biking

Bryson City, NC
from $95

Experience fun trails and scenic overlooks with a guided mountain biking tour on Tsali! Just a short drive from our main campus, guests will receive top of the line equipment, instruction and guidance along with a trailside lunch!

10+ Years Old
3-4 Hours Long
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Tsali Recreation Area has been rated one of the top destinations to mountain bike on in the U.S.!

Join our experienced guides for a mountain bike tour that offers sweeping views of Lake Fontana at the base of the Smoky Mountains. Guests can expect to experience trails through wooded areas, multiple loops and connectors along with steep, interior ridges. Along the trip, you will get to experience fantastic views from several overlooks, extensive trail systems and a trailside lunch.

The trails at Tsali are considered moderate and we recommend having some mountain biking experience. Our guides will review with some basic instruction and tips before the trip begins, then will guide your trip while sharing some information about the recreation area and landscape.

Other experience levels can choose to try out mountain biking on our Flint Ridge Trail right on campus with rented equipment.


  • Ride industry-leading Specialized bikes fitted for you with the help of our bike guides
  • Tour a popular mountain biking trail system maintained by the National Park Service
  • Experienced Guides will take you an extensive trails with information about the local area
  • The trail will take guests to several scenic overlooks of Fontana Lake
  • Lunch provided as part of the half day experience

What to Expect

After checking in at the Adventure Center Deck, bike guides will work with you to fit an appropriately sized bike for you to use during the guided trip. After being shuttled to Tsali from our Nantahala River Outpost in Bryson City, Guides will review the basics of mountain biking before beginning the trail ride. Guests and guides will work together to decide where and when to eat lunch. At the end of trail riding, you will return to the NOC Bryson City outpost by shuttle. Total trip time is 3 – 4 hours.

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Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

NOC provides the following:

  • Equipment fittings with mountain bike rental and helmet
  • Transportation shuttles to and from trails
  • USFS Fees
  • A trailside lunch

Guests are welcome to bring their own bikes*, please ensure they are in good working order.

*There is no discount for guests that bring personal bikes or equipment.

Guests are expected to wear appropriate closed-toe and heel shoes that will stay on securely while riding as well as comfortable athletic clothing, and a rain jacket. Please bring 1-2 water bottles or camelbaks and snacks if needed, lunch will be provided.

All participants must be able to ride a bike, some mountain biking experience recommended. If under the age of 18, an adult must be present on the trip. Guests must be a minimum height of 4’11” and maximum of 6’4″ to fit on the bikes.

Enjoy riverside dining at one of our two locations conveniently located right on campus. River’s End Restaurant offers American-style cuisine with pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. Big Wesser features quick Southern fare like burgers and barbeque. Both have a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

Additional snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the Outfitter’s Store or the General Store.

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