Mountain Biking

26” wheel/ Front Suspension - $40

29” wheel/ Front Suspension - $50

26” wheel/ Full Suspension - $60

Comfort Bike - $25

Tsali Recreation Area

Most of the activity is centered on the Tsali (pronounced SAH-lee) Trail System about 15 miles west of Bryson City, an area that has gained a national reputation as one of the finest mountain biking trail systems in the country. Biking magazines constantly rate Tsali among the best biking areas in the country. Tsali Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest – opened April – October

While Swain County attracts some of the world’s best mountain bikers, you don’t have to be a near professional to enjoy the sport. There are places, Bryson City Bicycles, where mountain bikes can be rented and almost anyone can enjoy this novel way of seeing the mountains.

There are many miles of uncrowded country roads, many designated as bike routes, to be explored and enjoyed. So, if you have a bike, bring it, if not you can rent one when you get here. It could be the best part of your mountain vacation.

Mountain Fire Tail in Cherokee, NC

The Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure—a multiuse trail system that’s made to mountain bike, hike, or run. The network of trails is more than 10.5 miles total, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to recreate safely, responsibly…and flowy?

That’s right—if you like your trails with a nice flow of features, with fun berms and quick hits of elevation that are manageable and fun, Fire Mountain is made for you. You’ll find tables, rock gardens, and blinds for those who know, along with single-track and wider sections, spots that are smooth and fast, and trails that invite the more technically accomplished with options for those less so. The trailhead is located about 100 yards from the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee and shares a parking lot. The trails interlace through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, so you already know the views and terrain will take your breath away, even if your recreation of choice doesn’t!

Is it the flowiest trail in the east? Better than Ridgeline? Trails are free of charge, and open every day, all day.