Carvin's Cove Trail system

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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,600 ft
↓ 4,900 ft
1,287
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Expert trails include Hi-De-Ho, the Gauntlet, the Trough, the Comet,Clownshead and Stickman. Intermediate trails include the Thousand Foot Climb (a fire road), the Hoe Trail, Mad Cow,the Girlscout trail and Funhouse. Beginner trails are Kit and Kaboodle, the Skillet,Easy Street and the Enchanted Forest. Trails are in a 13,000 acre watershed owned by the City of Roanoke and maintained by various mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers.Expect to see deer, wild turkeys, even black bear and rattle snakes. Very sweet technical rides, as well as family oriented rides.
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Are trail maps available? -al0184x

A: A bike shop near the Bennett Springs parking lot called Just the Right Gear has trails maps available for a dollar. Their address is 2265 Catawba Valley Dr.

BayleeSnead answered on October 18, 2015. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: are there any guided tours? Bikes to rent or do I have to bring my own? -Guest

A: You can rent high-end bikes and get good route recommendations at Just the Right Gear bike shop on the way to the Bennett Springs parking lot. There are no guided tours but you can also purchase a map at the bike shop as well, the trails are very well marked. By the way singletrack is being added constantly and is now approaching 45-50 miles of varied styles for most skill levels.

wmcneace answered on November 16, 2014. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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System Trails (21)
System Trails (21)
Buck
Hotel
Four Gorge
The Trough
Hi-Dee-Hoe
Brushy Mtn
The Gauntlet
Four Gorge Ext
Jacob's Drop
Kerncliff
Hemlock Tunnel
Araminta
Comet
Tuck-A-Way
Songbird
Happy Valley
Enchanted Forest
Arrowhead
School House
Little Bell
Lakeside Trail
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Reviews (29)
 

Bunny Hop

November 17, 2015
 
Review: This is where it all started for me. Since 2002, I have ridden in four different states and two countries, and I always find myself comparing trails to this system. Hands down my favorite memories are riding through 100ft pines on a blanket of pine needles and hearing nothing but the critters and the click of our free wheels.

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Bunny Hop


October 18, 2015
 
Review: Trails are awesome! Well maintained and a ton of fun. Great views too. We started at the Bennett Springs lot and took Hi-dee-hoe up which is a pretty steep climb for a little over a mile and a half. Next we went down the Gauntlet; this trail is a must. Nice fast, flowing single-track with a few berms, some rocks and roots. Then we went up the Trough and descended down Buck and Hotel back to the parking lot. Buck is an awesome descent, a little rougher than the Gauntlet. This loop took about two and a half hours. Also rode the Four Gorge trail and extension out and back. Not spectacular but still not a bad trail if you're looking for something else to ride. Highly recommend this trail system!

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Granny Gear

July 18, 2015
 
Review: First time out on Carvins Cove. Did about 10 miles. Great trail construction! Loved the berms and wide turns! The deer there are practically tame! We rode right by and they never moved! Great place to ride. A lot of climbing at first but it leveled off and was really flow. Will definitely be coming back!

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Granny Gear

October 4, 2014
bikekid Granny Gear  
 
Review: Trails well maintained and marked excellent.

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Trailblazer


September 30, 2014
 
Review: One of the top five trails in Virginia.I have ridden all the top ten in Virginia.The best thing about it is the flow.Very well build berms and switchbacks,well maintained.only one drawback.Several places horses are allowed and they rip up the trail and you have to yield and break up the flow.

Similar Trail: Moore's Springs trails

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2014
 
Review: Hands down my favorite trail system I've ever been on.

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Bunny Hop

June 19, 2014
tboke Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Awesome place. Very well maintained. Four gulches to enchanted forest to songbird to schoolhouse back to comet than home on four gulches. 17 miles. Lots more to see. Left the steep climbs to youngsters. A photo of the huge map at the trail head was all I needed.

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September 12, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: Easy access to I-85 as I passed by on my way back from DC; large parking lot ($2 fee pay in box, or $20 yearly), friendly folks, and well built trails, which had nice shale armor on creek/runoff crossings. Loop that I did ended up at 18 miles in just over 2 hours, trying to cover as many trails as possible without doing the couple out-and-back down from the ridge to the river (Gauntlet and Trough). I rode my singlespeed and had a great time, through challenging roots.... So here's how I hooked it together with the help of Kyle, a local:
1. Four Gorge
2. Four Gorge Extension
3. turn right, then left on Tuck-A-Way
4. Enchanted Forest
5. Little Bell
6. left on Happy Valley
7. Arrowhead
8. right on Happy Valley
9. right on Songbird
10. r on HV to left on Comet
11. back up Tuck-A-Way
12. back Four Gorge Extension
13. back Four Gorge

Helpful Hints:
1. Brushy Mtn is two-track road that runs the ridge
2. Happy Valley is a two-track road that runs the altitude of the parking lot (Bennett Spgs)

hitarock, decatur, GA
Labor Day 2013

Similar Trail: 5 Points (Cloudland Canyon GA)

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Gramcounter

September 3, 2013
grahamt Gramcounter  
 
Review: If I'm writing a review, it should be helpful but may not always please the locals. I didn't have as much fun as I'd hoped. I was first to arrive at trailhead at 7am and rode by myself (these trails would be more fun with someone riding with you.) Rode from trailhead to Four Gorges and rode out and back as warmup...non-spectacular but intermediate trail as advertised. Next went up Hi-dee-hoe where I swear there wasn't a switchback for the 1st half of the trail! ( A bit of an exaggeration, but the climb seemed endless to the top of the ridge.) I needed to walk my bike a bit which is a bummer because I had previously considered myself a decent climber. I guess that re-assessment is good! I expected a fun/fast ride down the Gauntlet Trail and the fast part was true...rocky, lots of roots and on my 29er hardtail I got bounced around a bit. Not a smooth section to be found! Even the connecting fire roads were bumpy (Now I'm just whining) Rode up The Trough Trail and connected to Buck and descended back to parking lot via The Hotel Trail. All-in-all, a great cardio and mental workout for almost 3 hours. I think the trails I rode might have provided more flow and enjoyment if I had rode in the opposite direction out of the parking lot, and rode a full-suspension bike. Others that I met on the trail met these criteria...I have learned that it is usually the right way when you "do what the locals do." If you go to the Blue Ridge Mountains, expect to climb, and no whining allowed. Great bunch of advanced trails and will ride again on my next visit...just in the opposite direction! Truly real mountain biking.

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Gramcounter

April 18, 2013
rmoon Gramcounter  
 
Review: The reviews are spot on. I travel in business and take a bike with me. This trail system is very convienent to Interstate 81, right off exit 140. I will ride it everytime I pass through the area. It ranks among the best in the southeast.

Similar Trail: Oak Mt Al, Coldwater Mt Al, Racoon Mt Tn, Bent Creek NC, Dupont NC

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Carvin's Cove Trail system MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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