Table Rock Loop from Spence Ridge Trail

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Linville Gorge Wilderness

Table Rock Loop from Spence Ridge Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,302 feet Route Type: Loop

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closed
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was spectacular. A tough hike, took my not so tough kids 10 & 11 and the dog...there were tears, but we made it (it was their first “hard” rated trail) Started at Spencer like other reviewers suggested...think that was the way I’d like it best with the big payoff closer to the end and decent all the way back to the car....my log was around 4miles I think, so keep that in mind. Took us like 3.5hrs with lots of stops, but we were pushing because I was concerned about time since we didn’t start until 3:45-ish. It’s astoundingly beautiful, feel like you’re on top of the world!!

Instead of going left up top Table Rock, start down Spence Ridge. Trail starts off easy with a gradual decline. The trail will split off back to the right, but keep going straight. When you get to a small campsite/clearing, cross where the creek is and you'll find the trail again. The trail begins to steeply ascend for about a mile before leveling back out. Continue to follow the trail straight (Alltrails pro definitely comes in handy for keeping you on track (don't go down any side trails)) and you'll start to switchback up to Table Rock! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL 360° views! Bring a jacket because it's super windy at the top. On the way back down, follow the Table Rock trail for a gradual descent back to where you parked.

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rocky
2 months ago

Very rocky so it definitely earned its name. One section isn’t marked well so pay attention and download the map before going out as there is no signal. Highly recommend (bring snacks and plenty of water)!

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rocky
2 months ago

This hike has probably one of the best Mountain views of the Appalachians of all the North Carolina trails I’ve hiked. Tough trail in steepness on the way up but not too long, overall a good day hike.

This trail is pretty difficult, but is a very nice hike. Going up takes more than twice the time to climb than going down. I was a good challenge, and nice trail to camp at.

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blowdown
2 months ago

Very challenging but the views at the top are worth it. Going clockwise or counter you’ll get a workout with a lot of rocks and tree roots. There are a couple of tricky spots with the rocks but nothing too bad. It’s just a beast to climb up and down this one, made more difficult by the number of trees down across the trail.

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blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Very hard trail. Some of the trail is poorly marked and needs work. The overgrowth needs to be cleared out. But overall good hard hike. Trail has good camping spots along the way.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Going counter clockwise the trail drops until you cross a creek and start the incline that brings you to the top. It is non stop to the summit. Take the time to go to each cut off and take in the views. Once you continue left you start climbing up again. Make sure to note where the trail continues before continuing up the cut off to the summit. Great views on the Gorge facing side. Make sure not to take the trail to the parking lot.

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bridge out
8 months ago

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

I hiked this with my two daughters (18/19). We went down Spence trail to the campsites. Then it was a mile straight up. Challenging yet rewarding. Had lunch at the top of Table Rock. Beautiful view. The way down was nice an easy. Trail was wider in this direction, finished the whole loop in about 3:15 hours and that was with about 45 min at the top just chillin. Awesome day!!!

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over grown
rocky
9 months ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

I agree with the other reviewers.. Going up Little Table Rock Trail was tough but after coming down the MST/TR Gap Trail it would have been just as tough going up that route and also it's in much better shape the LTR Trail. Any way you do it you'll get a work out and it was nice to hike up instead of driving up. This will be a better early winter or early spring hike with no bugs and better views.

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Thu Mar 14 2019

Second mile is an ass kicker everything else is not bad. The climb to table rock was like a granite staircase. Went on a foggy day so distant views were limited but at the peak of table it was as if we had climbed above the clouds. Dog did great. Outstanding hike.

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Sun Feb 03 2019

Depending on which way you start this loop it can be challenging. I went counter clockwise, which from S’Ridge is a 45° straight up incline for about a mile, you’re gonna feel the burn. I tied in a trip down to the chimneys to climb rocks which makes this about 7 miles but highly recommended if you haven’t been down there . The views are outstanding. Definitely recommend this hike, and would do it again. The drive in is a little rough so take it slow.

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Sun Jan 06 2019

Fun, hard, sweat, laughter, the trail we took was from Spence Ridge to Little Table Rock to the Mountain to Sea trail out to the Chimneys, 5.24 total track. Lovely weather. Little Table rock is a tough one almost straight up. Views are worth it. Take your time a breathe you'll be alright!!

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Wed Jan 02 2019

This hike was probably one of the best hike that I have been. The views on the way was amazing and the views at the top are specular! While I did just part of the loop (turned left at the Spence Ridge Trail Head rather than going on Spence Ridge Trail) it was still good exercise! The trail is not marked in spots so make sure you are aware of where the trail is. The group I went with make a few wrong turns but thankfully using this app on my phone and guidance from some friendly hikers we managed to find our way back to the correct trail. I am looking forward to hiking this trail again!

Tue Jan 01 2019

The 360 view at the top is amazing! Beautiful views going up as well. Take some short breaks and you’ll make it up with a steady pace. The trail isn’t marked in some areas but this isn’t a reason to quit, it’s worth the effort.

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Sun Dec 09 2018

Great hike..... 1st half is pretty tough in spots, then your rewarded with GORGEous views of the Linville Gorge. Great spot for exploring and finding some excellent "off the trail" views. 2nd half up to Table Rock is much easier, and again rewarded with some 360 degree views of the whole area. My only complaint is the trails up are poorly marked. No blaze markers on trees what so ever on the trip up. Their were several spots that we had to guess which way the actual trail was. Most of it was pretty obvious, but not all of it. We enjoyed the challenge though! Highly recommend though! Will do it again for sure!

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Wed Nov 07 2018

Amazing view and less traffic than Hawksbill. Many portions of this trail are extremely challenging, even as an experienced hiker. It lacks switch backs and essentially goes straight up the mountain for the second mile and is not for the faint of heart. View is more than worth it but be prepared to suck some wind!

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Tue Nov 06 2018

This trail gets very difficult shortly after you turn towards Table Rock from Spence Ridge. Long steep climb before leveling off at a beautiful cliff area that we thought was a better view of the gorge than Table Rock itself (and much less crowded). Great trail if you're active and looking to work up an appetite!

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