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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,702/ -1,499 ft
Total: 224 riders

Mountain Biking Carvin's Cove Trail system

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#1 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#39 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
Two entrances: 1. Reservior Road off US 11 at Hollins. Must obtain access permit to trails at office at this location. 2.Carvin's Cove Road off of HWY 311 near Salem, VA.Go to end of Carvin's Cove raod, new parking lot being constructed for trail users.
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Rider questions

Q: Are trail maps available?
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.

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