“A scenic ridge trail descending down from Table Rock Rd down to the Linville Gorge Trail and the river
— Max Willner
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.
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.