Tsali Recreation Area- Mouse Branch Trail Overlook
Tsali Recreation Area- Mouse Branch Loop Trail (Single Track)
The Mouse Branch Loop Trail takes you up a ridge line high above Fontana Lake. You'll work your way around one of the many 'fingers' of land that make Fontana Lake so unique. Along the way, take the spur trail, 'Mouse Branch Overlook Trail,' to views of the NC side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park over on the North shore and the lake just below you. We highly recommend this area to any outdoor enthusiasts looking to get away from it all and do a little outdoor play.
Mouse Branch Loop Trail- Mountain Biking
Tsali Recreation Area's 'Mouse Branch Loop Trail' offers experienced riders a moderate single track experience in some of the most beautiful surroundings the NC Smokies have to bestow.
Mouse Branch Loop Trail is the shortest of the four main trail systems but still remains moderate in difficulty with some nice down hill runs and a few lung busting climbs.
As always, we recommend the proper safety equipment be worn before heading out and for this particular trail we suggest you have a good amount of experience on a mountain bike.
Mouse Branch Loop Trail- Horseback Riding
On horseback, this loop trail offers a short ride with a shady home stretch. You'll want to make sure your horse is watered up before you head out, there are no creek crossing along this trail. There is always Fontana Lake just below you, but we're not sure what the fluctuating water level will be like when you go.
TIP: Make sure you follow the signs for 'Suggested Route of Travel' for Mouse Branch Loop Trail. You'll see this sign approx. 0.7 mile from the trailhead.
From Bryson City, NC
Take U.S. Highway 74 West*/U.S. Hwy 19 West*/N.C. Hwy 28 North* (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) for 8.3 miles to a right towards Robbinsville on N.C. Hwy 28 North. Continue on (crossing a bridge over Fontana Lake & into 'Graham Co.') for another 3.6 miles to another right onto 'Tsali Road.' Travel down this curvy little road for another 2.5 miles until you reach Tsali Recreation Area. Horseback parking is to your left (think 10:00 o'clock) and Mountain Bike parking is to your slight left (think 11:00 o'clock).