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Spence Ridge Trail

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A scenic ridge trail descending down from Table Rock Rd down to the Linville Gorge Trail and the river


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

2,926' 892 m

High

2,075' 633 m

Low

9' 3 m

Up

852' 260 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

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

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 off of Table Rock Rd. This is a strenuous hike, and caution is recommended.

It's also important to note that the Spence Ridge Trail bridge at the Linville River is currently washed out. Hikers must execute a wet crossing to proceed. River conditions are to be considered dangerous in the event of recent rainfall.

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

In the event that the river proves too difficult to cross, backcountry hikers can find a number of unofficial campsites along the river.

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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Spence Ridge
Aug 29, 2017 near Spruce…, NC
Linville Gorge
Dec 1, 2015 near Spruce…, NC
Linville Gorge.
Mar 30, 2016 near Spruce…, NC

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Aug 28, 2020
Chris C
A fairly easy walk into the gorge and to the river. As others have noted, the bridge is out.
Jun 9, 2020
Chris Ferrone
Sep 7, 2019
Phil York
Nice walk down to the river with Zeze.
Apr 6, 2019
Ry Kennedy
Sep 19, 2018
Chris Knight
Jun 1, 2018
Ry Kennedy
Oct 28, 2017
Andrea Powell