Spence Ridge Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina 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.
We completed this trail with our 4 year old. It was tough coming up, but worth it.
We did spence ridge to little table rock to table rock and then did a little bit of chimney rock!! Coming up on spence ridge trail was straight up climb. It was difficult but worth it!!!! Also did hawksbill at night!!!
Can someone advise how it is crossing with the bridge out? We are backing up there this weekend and trying to assess how difficult it might be to cross with packs...any help much appreciated, thanks!
Easy hike going in, pretty much all down to the river. We liked the scenery and peacefulness. Pretty much all up on the way back. Little tough on us coming back out only because we out of shape. But for early 50's we did fine. Will do it again.
Grabbed the kids, two dogs, wife, and Nana for an overnight backpacking trip in the Linville Gorge. We started at Spence Ridge Trailhead, west to Little Table Rock Trail, up to Table Rock for lunch. This portion I would rate as strenuous, as the elevation gain is steep. Lunch at Table Rock was worth it. Then we back tracked down to Spence Ridge Trail and headed west down into the gorge. The gorge itself is beautiful. The bridge is washed out, so you have to bolder hop across. At least three camping options along Spence Ridge Trail. The next morning, we hiked back out to the car. Easy two days. Could also easily be done in one day. I rated this particular trail as a 3 because there are limited (really no) views until you reach the gorge itself.
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.