Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Water Sports

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Nestled near Roanoke, VA, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve offers unparalleled opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding amidst scenic beauty. With its expansive reservoir spanning over 12 square miles, Carvins Cove provides the perfect setting for water sports enthusiasts of all levels. Kayaking at Carvins Cove allows for serene exploration of calm waters and picturesque shorelines. Whether you're a novice seeking tranquil paddling or an experienced adventurer craving excitement, there are routes to suit every preference. Canoeing at Carvins Cove offers leisurely experiences ideal for families or groups. Discover secluded coves and hidden treasures while immersing yourself in the natural splendor of the reserve. Paddleboarding enthusiasts will revel in the dynamic experience of navigating the reservoir's waters while standing atop a paddleboard. Take in panoramic views and spot wildlife while enjoying the thrill of this increasingly popular water sport. Embark on a solo expedition or share the adventure with loved ones—kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve promise unforgettable moments of outdoor recreation and connection with nature. Plan your visit today to experience the best of water sports in Virginia's stunning landscape.

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Sports Facilities
  • 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)