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A steep, scenic climb from the Table Rock Parking Area that heads north towards Spence Ridge.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

3,571' 1,088 m

High

2,661' 811 m

Low

124' 38 m

Up

910' 277 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (9°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Hunting and fishing are allowed but permits are required. Camping is permitted in the gorge but permits are required from May 1 through October 31.

Description

This trail is most accessible via the Table Rock Parking Area. The beginning of this trail is at a junction, with the Table Rock Summit Trail and the Shortoff Mountain Trail. It's a roughly 1,000-foot descent to Spence Ridge, offering great views of the expansive Linville Wilderness Area. This is a strenuous hike, and caution is recommended.

This trail is considered part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.

It's also important to note that Spence Ridge Trail bridge at the Linville River is currently washed out. Hikers must execute a wet crossing to proceed.

Flora & Fauna

Local flora - rhododendron, sand mrtyle, red chokeberry, azalea, turkey beard, bristly locust, yellow root, silverbell, orchids, ninebark, and wild indigo.

Local fauna - white-tail deer, black bears, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, as well as brown and rainbow trout. There are also copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.

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Max Willner

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#967

in North Carolina

#24,406

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Aug 28, 2020
Chris C
Southbound is definitely not for the faint of heart, with or without a backpack. Very steep incline laced with tree roots. Avoid in wet weather.
Apr 6, 2019
Ry Kennedy
Aug 25, 2018
Jennifer Garonzik
Doing this southbound (uphill from Spence Ridge) with a heavy backpack was quite a challenge.
Jun 9, 2018
Kimberly Ferguson-Johnson
1.5mi
Jun 1, 2018
Ry Kennedy
Apr 29, 2016
Charles Pulse
1.3mi
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