It's a great hike. Kid friendly. Beautiful Views!! If you don't want to drive the 12 miles on the gravel road....keep driving past the Table rock sign to Gingercake acres, you will see signs for it. It will take you right to it without the gravel roads...much faster!!
For me and my hiking companion (both 59) this was a difficult trail, but quite doable if you take your time both up and back. It is steep, with lots of rock "steps", but the views at the top are well worth the effort. We had a bit of trouble finding the path on the way down because of the rock scramble at the top. Be sure to note carefully where you come out of the scrub to climb the rock to the summit so that you can find it easily on the way back out. A very nice trail. (NOTE, from NC 181 heading north from Morganton, there is good signage to send you to the Table Rock picnic area. This is the road you should take. We followed GPS directions and took a much longer and more difficult road to the parking area.)