Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Hiking

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Discover unparalleled hiking opportunities at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve near Roanoke, VA. With over 40 miles of scenic trails, hikers can explore diverse terrain suitable for all skill levels. Choose from easy, family-friendly paths perfect for a leisurely stroll, or challenge yourself with rugged, steep climbs offering rewarding panoramic views. Trail lengths vary, catering to both casual walkers and avid adventurers seeking longer excursions. Whether you're embarking on a short nature hike or tackling an all-day trek, you'll find a trail to match your interests and abilities. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you wander through lush forests, along tranquil lakeshores, and across rolling meadows. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, from deer and black bears to a plethora of bird species. With convenient amenities such as trail maps and picnic areas, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve provides an unforgettable hiking experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Plan your next adventure and explore the natural wonders of Virginia's stunning landscape.

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  • 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.
General Facility Information
  • Additional Information: Available for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking
  • 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.
  • Friday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Monday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
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  • Saturday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Boating, Fishing, Horseback Riding
  • Sunday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Thursday 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)