Memorial Day weekend in NC

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With a long weekend at stake, we had to get out and go SOMEWHERE!  So did everyone else!  We wanted to take the yaks and the mountain bikes and play some.  There are two bike areas in NC that we had heard a lot about.  Jackrabbit Mountain and Tsali.  Jackrabbit is closer and the campground takes reservations.  It was all booked up!  Tsali is first come first serve.  So I leave Thursday and arrive about 3PM to get a site at Tsali.  Timing was good!  I got a great site.  By 6PM all the sites were taken.

We had the usual BS in a crowded CG.  Loud kids, generators, etc.  Sometimes these can be entertaining.  Like the cute little shaggy blonde boy (maybe 4yo) that was constantly screaming around the CG on his little bike with trailing wheels.  He would find the mud puddles and totally thrash it!  He was a mess!

We had some rough weather Sat night.  The wind was WILD!  I really felt sorry for all the folks in tents that night.  It poured rain too.

We really dodged the weather issues pretty well.  We rode the trails Sat and covered about 8-9 miles.  It was humid and a bit soggy in places, but fun.  We took that yaks out a bit and grilled out Sat night before storms rolled in.  Sunday we took the yaks out again and caught a few fish.  Weather was coming back in though, so we packed up.

We were going to head home by way of Jackrabbit just to get a look at it.  When we arrived around 6PM, there were LOTS of open sites.  Apparently the weather kept many people from using their reservations.  We snagged a great site on the waters edge that a neighbor said was empty all weekend.  We were the Murphys for the night… 😉

The mountain bike trails at Jackrabbit are awesome!  They are well maintained and very fun.  Not a whole lot of climbing involved, but there is some there.  We covered about 10 miles and the sky was still blue.  A good ride!

After a hot shower and lunch, we packed up and made it home by 5PM.

Overall we had a really good weekend in NC.  Many people did not have the luck we did dodging the weather that weekend.  I was very pleased with the NC parks too.  They were both well maintained, the restrooms were in good shape and the showers were hot.  We have no complaints and will not hesitate to return.


Tsali CG


Tsali trail


Tsali trail


Tsali trail


Lake Fontana at Tsali


Lake Chatuge at Jackrabbit


site at Jackrabbit


Jackrabbit trail



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