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.
Two entrances to the Cove: the Boat Dock from Route 11 and Bennett Springs from Route 311. The Appalachian Trail following 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.