A helpful set of guidelines to ensure you ride responsibly and minimize your impact on the local trails and natural environment.
Carvins Cove is a 12,700-acre natural preserve and the second largest municipal park in the country.
Its 600-acre reservoir serves as the water source for the City of Roanoke.
With over 60 miles of multi-use trails, many local mountain bikers refer to Carvins Cove as “Disneyland” for bikes. For mountain biking, the Cove is best accessed from either the Bennett Springs or Timberview parking lots. The “boat dock” side, located near Hollins, serves as the boat launch for fishing, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding.
Both the boat dock and Bennett Springs parking lots have bathroom facilities. There are no facilities at the Timberview lot.
Carvins Cove is generally divided into the “uppers,” a set of more advanced trails, and the “lowers,” trails that are more beginner-friendly.
The sheer number of miles combined with the many types of trail experiences make it possible to plan for a fun multi-day riding adventure.
Before You Ride: Familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics for Mountain Biking - a set of guidelines to help you enjoy the trails responsibly and minimize your impact on the natural environment.
Please note that camping and swimming are not permitted at Carvins Cove.
The Virginia is for Lovers video below features professional mountain biker Brice Shirbach describing the experience of mountain biking at Carvins Cove.
Just the Right Gear, located on Route 311, is a local bike shop on the way to the Bennett Springs parking lot and is a great place to stop for last-minute nutrition, spare tubes, or to chat about route suggestions.
Salem’s Parkway Brewing Company is the favored Carvins Cove post-ride watering hole. Fresh, tasty, craft beer is served daily, and they feature a beautiful outdoor patio area.
Carvins Cove is connected to the Roanoke Valley Greenway network via Roanoke County’s Hinchee Park. The Hinchee Trail is a 2-mile trail that connects to the Brushy Mountain Trail, which is the longest trail at Carvins Cove at 9.8 miles. There is also a Greenway connection on the boat dockside of Carvins Cove with access via the Tinker Creek Greenway in Hollins.
The park is managed by both the Western Virginia Water Authority and the City of Roanoke. The park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., making it a favorite for night mountain biking.
Purchasing a day use or annual pass is required for riding at the Cove. The daily entrance fee is $7 per vehicle per day and $50 per vehicle for an annual pass. If possible, visitors are encouraged to carpool. Purchase usage passes in advance via the Western Virginia Water Authority Website >
There are three entrances to the park - Marina (boat & water access), Bennett Springs, and Timberview.
Bennett Springs is the most popular, especially for mountain biking, and can be accessed via Route 311 to Route 740/Carvins Cove Road.
Timberview can be reached via Route 419/Electric Road to Route 1404/Timberview Road. The Marina/Boat Dock can be accessed via Route 11/Lee Highway to Route 648/Reservoir Road.
Carvins Cove - Bennett Springs
4300 Carvins Cove Road
Salem, VA 24153
Carvins Cove - Timberview Parking
3097 Timberview Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
Carvins Cove Natural Reserve
9644 Reservoir Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
This PDF map serves as the perfect resource for navigating the miles of trails at Carvins Cove and includes info about parking, restrooms, and difficulty levels of the trails.
Download it now to begin planning your biking adventure!
This interactive GIS map is also a terrific resource.