Spence Ridge Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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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 rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bridge out

backpacking
14 days ago

Camped a number of times in the gorge, specifically at the “Mouse House” which is just across the river you reach while on Spence Ridge. Bit tougher to get across since the bridge washed out but a great place to do some backpacking.

hiking
1 month ago

As we wrapped this morning hike up (~1.7 each way by our calcs), a car pulled up and the group paused to consider whether to hike this trail...We overheard, "Yeah, but once you go down, you gotta come back up!" before they pulled off in search of another option. That about sums it up, but the payoff is only at the bottom/river...My husband said, "I didn't even know this kind of terrain existed in NC!" Swimming hole (for our northern dog), rocks, cave, cascades, campsites...Beautiful! Easy hike down with a few watery/muddy hops & spots and plenty of rocks, so trail/hiking shoes recommended. Pole(s) help for the climb back up...People left a stack of walking sticks by the sign, hint hint. PS...This was *lightly travelled* the day we were there, but we imagine this was only because most folks were hiking trails in search of panoramic fall foliage views.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike is simple and beautiful. Lots of places to go camping and picnic

hiking
8 months ago

We completed this trail with our 4 year old. It was tough coming up, but worth it.

11 months ago

Tough

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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!!!

backpacking
Monday, November 07, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beautiful views of the Linville River!

hiking
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

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.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

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