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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

  • 9644 Reservoir Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24019
  • Phone: (540) 563-9170
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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, located near Hollins University, is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds not only a major water source within its 12,700 acres, but also overflowing recreation opportunities.

What you need to know: Only minutes from I-81, and less than eight miles from downtown Roanoke.

Three entrances to the Cove: the Boat Dock from Route 11, Bennett Springs from Route 311, and Timberview Road. The Appalachian Trail follows one of the Cove`s northwest ridgelines.

 The 800 acre lake at the Cove`s center offers fishing and boating with small engines. Restrictions apply, so contact the Boat Dock offices at (540) 563-9170 for more information. The Boat Dock provides picnic tables, pay phone, restrooms, boat rentals, security personnel and lot parking. Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrian Trail Riders welcome. A day or yearly pass is required to enter the park and can be obtained at the Boat Dock or Just the Right Gear on Rt 311

Carvins Cove Nature Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the nation. It holds a major water source within its 12,700 acres and overflowing recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, and boat rentals. 11,363 acres of Carvins Cove is protected by the largest conservation easement in Virginia's history. There more than 40 miles of multi-use trails.



  • Directions: Directions to Boat Landing:

    From I-81, take exit 146 and take Plantation Rd. south to the first traffic light. Turn left on Rt. 11 and continue approximately 1/2 mile, past the entrance to Hollins College. Turn left on Reservoir Rd. and continue approximately 2.5 miles to the end of the road and the parking area.


  • Sunday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Monday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Tuesday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Wednesday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Thursday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Friday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Saturday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
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  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Boating, Fishing, Horseback Riding
  • Additional Information: Carvins Cove features multiple trails - including some that connect to the Appalachian Trail. A $2 parking pass is required for entering Carvins Cove and can be purchased at the boat landing or the Just the Right Gear bike shop.

On the Trails Duathlon

  • November 15, 2015
  • Location: Boat Dock Side
  • Address: 9644 Reservoir Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
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Taking place at the scenic, Carvins Cove, this duathlon starts with a 2.5 mile out and back trail run. Participants then transition to mountain bikes… View Details

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