Carvin's Cove Trail system

4.50 out of 5
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↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,600 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.
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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


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




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)
Four Gorge
The Trough
Brushy Mtn
The Gauntlet
Four Gorge Ext
Jacob's Drop
Hemlock Tunnel
Happy Valley
Enchanted Forest
School House
Little Bell
Lakeside Trail
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Reviews (45)


October 27, 2019
kamoteus Singletrack  
Review: Challenging and Awesome!!! The climbs are pretty much straight up to the summit but once you're up there the reward... ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE!

Similar Trail: Anglers Ridge

Bunny Hop

May 6, 2019
Review: This place is amazing. It really has it all, Trails with flow, bike park trails, climbing efforts, traverses... reasonably easy to navigate.

Granny Gear

May 24, 2018
Review: Total mileage is up to 60 and increasing

Bunny Hop

November 6, 2017
Review: Flowy and gorgeous! Rode HiDeeHo, Gauntlet, Lakeside, Hemlock, Kerncliff, Tuckaway, and lower Comet where a deer visited us. Don't be dissuaded by the diamond ratings if you are a strong climber; rock/ root skill level was only beginner/intermediate. You may need to bring a 2nd set of lungs for the climb though! Broke a chain on the ride and it would have been a ridiculous hike out if we didn't have parts for repair. Come prepared. Local store Just the Right Gear provided friendly, affordable, fast repair post-ride. Nice people.

Similar Trail: climbs of Pinhoti,skill level of Clemson

Granny Gear

July 5, 2017
larrde00 Granny Gear  
Review: Posted July 5, 2017. These are excellent trails, well marked. HOWEVER: while biking out there we came across two ladies who were just terrified and had not just seen, but had been followed by a bear for at least 20 minutes. Later we saw a very large bear right off the trail. DO NOT BIKE THESE TRAILS ALONE...and be prepared to possibly encounter bears out here!


April 28, 2017
Allgrainer Trailblazer  
Review: trails were a little muddy in spots at the start of the ride. Half way thru the rain started and did not let up rest of ride. From that point the trails were a mess so we took it slow.


October 23, 2016
Review: Well maintained trails,

Granny Gear

August 31, 2016
Review: great variety of trails. will be back


August 30, 2016
Review: These trails are hard to beat! The downhill runs here are amazing (especially on the side facing Roanoke), the trails here drain very easily, and the fire road climb is a great opportunity to look around at the mountains and various plant types. I only wish I had more time!

Similar Trail: Douthat State Park

August 7, 2016
Review: Trails up the mountain are long and steep. Built for the highest physical rated riders. In which I still see them walking up. Not enough switchbacks to keep you pedaling up. Too much hike a bike. Not sure why this area is getting such great reviews.


August 31, 2017
Review: Please do not give bad ratings based on personal difficulty experience. Mountain biking is a strenuous activity and can require difficult climbing, challenging downhill, and on occasion hike-a-bike. Rating a trail poorly solely because it was difficult does not imply it is a bad trail to ride. Please consider this next time you comment on a trail. Happy riding!

Carvin's Cove Trail system MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 45 ratings. 45 user reviews.
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