Any recommendations for Tsali, Dupont, Pisgah NC?

Discussion in 'Riding Areas Outside of NJ' started by Ride On, May 16, 2017.

  1. Ride On

    Ride On Member

    Location:
    Colts Neck, NJ
    I will be heading to the Casheirs/Highlands section of the Blue Ridge Mtns. I will be going with 12 family members...to everyone else this is not an MTB vacation however it is for me :). I may only get 1 or 2 days to ride so I want to make it count. I will probably be riding solo -- I am leaning towards going to Tsali (as opposed to) Pisgah, Dupont and as from what I read Pisgah and Dupont is like super technical hardcore (am I wrong?) and Tsali seems to be more flowey/fast. I usually ride Trail/XC Harthsone, Allaire, Huber, Clayton, 6 Mile. As a reference...I also occasionally ride northern NJ Allamuchy, Deer Park, Kittatinny... but they pretty much kick my ass. I don't really do big jumps and drops...

    If I only have one day (or 2 days) to ride to Tsali, does anyone recommend Right Loop vs. Left Loop, Thompson or Mouse? Should I reconsider my choice and go to Dupont instead? How difficult is Pisgah or Dupont compared to say... Allamuchy or anywhere else in NJ.

    Any other tips and recommendations would be appreciated.
     
  2. gmb3

    gmb3 Active Member

    Location:
    Madison
    Went a couple years ago (but not to Tsali). Dupont was definitely less technical than Pisgah and Pisgah was not more technical than the NNJ destination parks. Waaaay more climbing though and longer distances and "middle of nowhere" feeling. My avg speed was definitely a couple mph higher down there than it is in NNJ but downhills are also longer and the climbs were mostly smoother doubletrack. Below are 2 rides we did for reference.

    Dupont: https://www.dropbox.com/s/28og1ti9kcwwlpx/5-Dupont.jpg?dl=0
    Pisgah (Black Mtn-Sycamore): https://www.dropbox.com/s/qn41de7b4frortf/3-Black Mountain - Sycamore.jpg?dl=0
     
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  3. rocbike

    rocbike Member

    Location:
    Paterson
    I just rode Dupont in February. It's not hardcore technical at all. Some good climbs but not extremely long or exhausting and nice fast descents. Rooty and rocky in some places but pretty flowy all around for the most part. Beautiful scenery too with lakes, waterfalls, etc. You could make a whole day ride out of it. Look for the Maprika map called "Dupont Forest MTB Ride (23 mile ride)" and follow it. You don't have to do all 23. The first day we just did the upper half from the Lake Imaging parking lot up Jim Branch then down to Grassy Creek Falls then up and around finishing on Ridgeline, a swooping fast downhilll back to the lot. The next day we did the middle then went to Bent Creek, another park I would recommend. We just took a few trails there since we were running out of daylight but the trails we did were rooty singletrack and not too technical but I think there is some technical stuff out there too. Compared to NJ? Dupont isn't any more difficult than Lewis Morris. It doesn't really look like it and it's much bigger than LewMo but the difficulty level is comparable. Have a great time!
     
  4. Ride On

    Ride On Member

    Location:
    Colts Neck, NJ
    Hey thanks for the Replies. Both are very informative. Its funny...I often hear from others what is is considered technical every where else wouldn't be that technical in NJ. I might now be leaning towards Dupont (as it is a little closer to where I'll be staying then Pisgah).
     
  5. rick81721

    rick81721 Well-Known Member

    Good info. Next time I go to florida thinking of driving down with mtb and stopping halfway for a day of riding. Pisgah fits the bill
     
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    pearl THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING Team MTBNJ Halter's

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  8. pearl

    pearl THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING Team MTBNJ Halter's

    Honestly, it is not terrible if you look at the grade. 90% of it is an old jeep road, so its not steep at all. It has enough rocks/roots to make it "feel" like single track:
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    The payoff doe
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