Tsali Weekend Getaway - Hike - Paddle - Bike - Raft in Nantahala, NC

  • September 26, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • Tsali Recreation Area

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].

Join or login to comment.

  • Kmagg

    Excellent weekend. It was nice meeting everyone. It was our first event and we're looking forward to the next outing.

    October 6, 2013

  • Carol W

    Absolutely beautiful area! The cabins were truly luxurious. Great group of people to spend the weekend with.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Loan H

    Thanks Kurt for organizing the trip. Had a blast with old friends and new friends.
    Thanks to Phil for organizing the food.
    Thanks to Fred and Elizabeth for a yummy dinner!

    September 30, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Great weekend, fantastic weather and an awesome group.

    September 30, 2013

  • Lizzybits B.

    I had a wonderful time with the group & Kurt, you did a great job organizing the trip. Had so much fun for my first time ever seriously hiking & kayaking. And thanks Phil for making sure we were all fed well in our cabin! Nice to meet you all!

    September 29, 2013

  • Alan H

    I'm attending (although meetup doesn't know it) and I'd like to carpool to Tsali. I don't have a car, but I've got gas money! Can anybody help me out? I'm in Bellevue but can meet wherever. Thanks, Alan Helfer

    September 21, 2013

    • Phil

      Alan, I'm heading down on Thursday and should hit Nashville about 1. I don't have any room for bikes but will have a spot for a Kayak if you are bringing one.

      September 22, 2013

    • Alan H

      Phil, that would work for me since I don't have a bike or kayak. Happy to just hike this year. I can go anytime. Thanks!

      September 22, 2013

  • LaRae

    I'm going to go for a trial ride on the trails at Montgomery Bell tomorrow, Sunday 9/22, at 9a. If anyone wants to join me, come on! Directions here: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/MontgomeryBell/features/biking.shtml

    Coming from Nash, Jones Cr Rd is before you get to the main entrance.

    September 21, 2013

  • Pat

    I will be in the area, try to hook with with everyone. If any would like to take a trip on the Nanty message me I'll be glad to lead you or If anyone has any questions.

    September 17, 2013

  • Kmagg

    Kathryn and I will be there

    September 16, 2013

27 went

Your organizer's refund policy for Tsali Weekend Getaway - Hike - Paddle - Bike - Raft in Nantahala, NC

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: Due to reservation requirements, no refunds are available after August 15th unless the event is cancelled. If you are able to find someone to fill your spot, exchanges are acceptable.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Start your Meetup today

Act now and get 50% off.
Until February 1.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy