Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Wildlife

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Nestled near Roanoke, VA, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve offers exceptional wildlife viewing and birding opportunities across its vast 12,000-acre expanse. With diverse habitats including forests, wetlands, and a reservoir, the reserve attracts a wide array of bird species year-round. Visitors can spot waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Trails winding through the reserve provide access to prime birdwatching spots, where patient observers may also encounter white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife. Each season brings unique experiences, from the vibrant colors of spring migrants to the tranquility of winter landscapes. Whether you're seeking solitude in nature or a thrilling encounter with wildlife, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve promises an unforgettable journey into Virginia's wilderness.

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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)