“A steep, scenic climb from the Table Rock Parking Area that heads north towards Spence Ridge.
— Max Willner
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
Hunting and fishing are allowed but permits are required. Camping is permitted in the gorge but permits are required from May 1 through October 31.
This trail is most accessible via the Table Rock Parking Area. The beginning of this trail is at a junction, with the Table Rock Summit Trail
and the Shortoff Mountain Trail
. It's a roughly 1,000-foot descent to Spence Ridge, offering great views of the expansive Linville Wilderness Area. This is a strenuous run, and caution is recommended.
This trail is considered part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop
It's also important to note that Spence Ridge Trail bridge at the Linville River is currently washed out.
Runners must execute a wet crossing to proceed.
Flora & Fauna
Local flora - rhododendron, sand mrtyle, red chokeberry, azalea, turkey beard, bristly locust, yellow root, silverbell, orchids, ninebark, and wild indigo.
Local fauna - white-tail deer, black bears, squirrel, raccoon, grouse, turkey, vultures, owls, hawks, as well as brown and rainbow trout. There are also copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.