Carvin's Cove Trail system

4.47 out of 5
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↑ 5,600 ft
↓ 4,900 ft
elevation (ft)

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
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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.

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System Trails (21)
System Trails (21)
Happy Valley
Four Gorge
The Trough
Brushy Mtn
The Gauntlet
Four Gorge Ext
Jacob's Drop
Hemlock Tunnel
Enchanted Forest
School House
Little Bell
Lakeside Trail
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Reviews (27)

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

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Granny Gear

June 19, 2014
tboke Granny Gear  
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
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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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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Granny Gear

April 18, 2013
rmoon Granny Gear  
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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World Champ

November 20, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Awesome trail system with a great variety of trails! Fun, flowy, pretty non-technical trails down low, and fast, steep descents up high (some more technical than others). All in all, this is an excellent trail system! No wonder it's the go-to ride for Roanoke locals!

Similar Trail: Bent Creek

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August 4, 2012
mtberik Gnarly  
Review: Carvin's Cove is a real nice biking park with 30+ miles of singletrack ranging from real easy to some double black dimonds. They recently made a new trail called Four Gorges Extention, it han some real fun banked corners and rolling bumps. I also recently saw a black bear on Songbird and some sort of snake about two feet long on Schoolhouse. the trails there are really fun and well built. Carvin's Cove is the best in the greater Roanoke Area.

* Review edited 8/4/2012

Similar Trail: explore park

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Carvin's Cove Trail system MTB Trail 4.47 out of 5 based on 27 ratings. 27 user reviews.
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