Spence Ridge Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail is very deceiving. The trail head starts out real level and solid. It then takes a sharp turn down. Loose rocks and roots. The descent is easy. However, what goes down must come up. The hike back up sucks. I couldn't find good hammock camping by the river. Ended up hiking back to the car and camping by table rock.
Beautiful views of the Linville River!
For a short family friendly hike, this one is great. The trail is maintained by the BSA and there are several nice well-stocked campsites along the tributary stream.