Spence Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -852' -260 m
High: 2,926' 892 m
Low: 2,075' 633 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“A scenic ridge trail descending down from Table Rock Rd down to the Linville Gorge Trail and the river”— Max Willner
It's also important to note that the Spence Ridge Trail bridge at the Linville River is currently washed out. Runners must execute a wet crossing to proceed. River conditions are to be considered dangerous in the event of recent rainfall.
This trail is considered part of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop.
In the event that the river proves too difficult to cross, backcountry runners can find a number of unofficial campsites along the river.
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.
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