Western Carolina University Trails

While traveling thru western North Carolina, Marty and I visited an 8-mile trail system near the campus of Western Carolina University. The closest recognizable town is Sylva, a mostly retirement community in the foothills, near the Cherokee entry into the Great Smokey Mountains. It was a pleasant surprise to discover these wonderful trails out in the middle of nowhere. The next closest trail system is Tsali, about an hours drive to the SW.

The layout is simple, a map is not needed if you study the kiosk for a minute. This is a relatively new system, machine cut with very good design. The surface is hard pack clay with minimal roots or rocks. Even though there had been recent rains, there were only a few damp spots, and no puddles. Drainage was excellent. 

The high banked berms allows one to carry speed both climbing and descending. I would rate this as an excellent, very fast flow trail with no flat sections. You were either climbing or descending, so it is a moderate workout, but there weren't any overly steep climbs.

If in the area it would be worth a visit, but would not consider it a destination.

Milage <15

Elevation gain >1000'

Wes rails one of the many perfectly designed berms.

Marty was loving the smooth, well maintained trails.

The faster corners were wide and smooth, encouraging speed.

The elevation changes were gradual and fun.