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Carvins Cove

Mountain Biking at Carvins Cove

Carvins Cove is a mountain biking paradise. With nearly 60 miles of trails, it's earned a reputation as one of the best places on the East Coast for mountain biking.

Located less than 10 miles from Downtown Roanoke, the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve sits on over 12,500 acres and is the second largest municipally owned and managed park in the United States. 

In addition to fantastic cross country single track, free riding downhill trails, and fire roads for mountain biking, the Cove also features a 630-acre reservoir for paddling and outstanding opportunities for hiking, including access to the nearby Appalachian Trail.

For mountain bikers, you could easily spend a full day enjoying the various trails at Carvins Cove. It's a bucket list spot for any mountain biking enthusiast and the assortment of trails and fire roads are well-suited for riders of all skill levels.

Popular Trails

  • The Gamut: An awesome route that was created by a local mountain biker who wanted to create a ride that incorporated all the trails at Carvins Cove.
  • Four Gorge & Extension: The Four Gorge & Four Gorge Extension trails combine to provide over 3.3 miles of fast, rolling fun along the side of Brushy Mountain. 
  • Hi-Dee-Hoe:  A fast, challenging 1.5 mile ride with exciting switchbacks on both the ascent and descent.
  • The Gauntlet: After you've tackled Hi-Dee-Hoe, hop on The Gauntlet for 2 more miles of heart-stopping fun and you make your way down the mountainside toward the lake. The trail features a 1,000 foot descent, or for the truly inspired, a 1,000 foot climb going back up the trail.
  • Songbird: While it won't have as many twists and turns as other trails, Songbird is nearly two miles of exciting single track with some nice opportunities for jumps through a rock garden and creek. It's also one of the fastest trails in the park.
  • The Trough: It's only a little over a mile, but The Trough has the reputation as one of the wildest trails at the Cove with it's thrilling descent. It can be reached via the Brushy Mountain Fire Road.
  • Rattlin' Run: One of the toughest trails at the Cove, Rattlin' Run is over 2 miles of grueling riding that will be thrilling for expert riders. It's located near the Bennett Springs Parking Lot.

Group & Guided Rides

Nervous about tackling some new trails? No worries! The Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists regularly host group rides and you could also book a guided experience with Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

Hours, Parking & Fees

Carvins Cove is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

All visitors are required to purchase an access pass, which is $3 for a day pass or $25 for an annual pass. These can be purchased (cash or check only) at the Marina, Bennett Springs and Timberview parking lots.

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 Parking Lot Addresses

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

Carvins Cove Trail Map

Carvins Cove Map

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.

Looking for more epic mountain biking opportunities? See our complete list of mountain biking trails in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Roanoke Valley Spotlight

Singletracks Mountain Bike Magazine names Carvins Cove one of the best places for mountain biking in the Southeast!

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