Tsali Campground

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Elevation 1,620 ft.

Seasons:Open: Seasonal


No: Campsites are on a first come first serve bases ONLY no reservations will be accepted.

Rate: $15 per day - April through October

Maximum Stay Permitted:14 Day

Campground site configuration:

No. RV Sites: 0

No Tent Sites:12

No. Combined Sites
(Tent or RV)29

Total Sites:41

Tent Pads: Yes

Group Tent Sites:No

Open Sites:No

Wooded Sites:Yes

No. Tables on Sites:

No. Grilles on Sites:41

RV Information:


Group RV Sites:No

No. RV Pull Throughs:0

Waste Station:No

Largest Parking Apron Size:14.5' X 47'

Comments:Parking aprons are gravel.

Bath and shower Facilities:


Flush Toilets:Yes

Hot Showers:Yes

Other Facilities:


Public Phone:Yes

No. Water Spigots (non-site): 8

No. Threaded:0

Wheelchair Friendly Toilets:Yes

Tsali Campground

The campground is located at base of paw-shaped peninsula on Fontana Lake. The area is covered with a network of horse and mountain bike trails Many mountain biking campers come to this campground.. There is even an area to wash bikes. The campground is heavily wooded with little understory making for minimal privacy between sites. Horses are not allowed in the campground, but stalls and trailer parking are provided in a separate horse users area, a short distance above the campground. Trail use alternates between horse and mountain bike riders. Contact the Ranger District Office for specific days.

Attractions & Considerations / Water Sports:

Lake:Lake Fontana is 10,000 acres.

Swimming (provided):No


Boat Ramp:

Yes, boat ramp is about 300 feet long with no turn-around. This requires backing all the way to the ramp.

Boat Carry Down Access:No

Power Boating:Yes

Boating (no power):Yes

Water Skiing:Yes

Rafting (whitewater):No

Kayaking (whitewater):No


Fontana Lake Trail (horse, foot & mountain bikers)
Right Loop - 11 miles
Left Loop - 11.9 miles
Mouse Branch - 6.5 miles
Thompson Loop - 7.7 miles

Trails are used by bikers and horseback riders on alternating
days. See schedule posted at campground.


Trout, Walleye, varieties of Bass, Crappie and Bream


From Bryson City, NC, take US Rt. 19 south 7.2 miles to
Robbinsville/Fontana sign (U.S. Rt. 28 North). Turn right onto
Rt. 28 and go 3.5 miles to Tsali campground sign. Turn right at
sign and go 1.6 miles to campground.


$15 per day

Closest town:

Bryson City