The cooler weather of Fall is just around the corner, so make plans now to join the Nashville Hiking Meetup for one of our best adventures of the year at the Tsali Recreational Area in North Carolina! We’ll be heading out for a relaxing long weekend of hiking, kayaking/canoeing, biking and rafting in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest from September 26th through the 29th! Here are the details:
Hiking – Tsali and the surrounding area offer limitless options for hiking. Take on the loops at Tsali, go beyond the Road to Nowhere, or trek a section of the Appalachian Trail to a scenic lookout tower! Trail lengths at Tsali start with the 5.3-mile Mouse Branch Loop and then increase in distance to the Right & Left Loops at 11 miles each. In addition, there are multiple hiking trails in the surrounding area such as the Goldmine Loop at 3 miles, the Deep Creep Loop at 4 miles or get in a real workout of 12 miles on Martin’s Gap Loop.
Canoeing / Kayaking – The Tsali Recreation Area is bordered by Lake Fontana which offers miles of beautiful coves and open water for canoeing and kayaking. In addition, the gorgeous Santeelah Lake is a short drive from the cabins. If moving water is your choice, the Little Tennessee, Oconaluftee and the Tuckasegee offer easy put-ins and take-outs for a great half or full-day float. If you‘re feeling a little more adventurous, ride a shuttle from the NOC up to the Power Plant and put in for the 8 mile stretch through the Nantahala Gorge back to the NOC.
Mountain / Road Biking – Tsali is well known for being one of the premier areas in the country for mountain biking. The Tsali Recreation Area offers a total of 39 miles of some of the most beautiful, yet challenging trails in the south. Overlooking Lake Fontana, the 4 trails range from the 5.3-mile Mouse Branch Loop Trail, to the 11.9-mile long Left Loop Trail. Several road bike options are also available.
Whitewater Rafting – Led by the Nantahala Outdoor Center, there will be an option to raft on the afternoon of the 29th. Additional reservations are required.
Lodging: Luxury Cabins – While at Tsali, we stay at three luxury log cabins which feature fantastic views from the hill-top decks, hot tubs, full kitchens and satellite TV!
Lodging rates are $130 ($125 plus $5 online processing fee) for per person for all three nights! 50% refunds will be allowed through August 15th, after which time no refunds will be available.
If you would like more information about the activities or lodging arrangements, please e-mail Kurt Andress at [masked].