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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,702/1 ft
Total: 222 riders
 

Mountain Biking Carvin's Cove Trail system

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#5 of 283 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#158 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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
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.

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  • *****

    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!

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  • tonetonitony
    *****

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

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  • Scottbike
    Reviewing Lakeside Trail:
    ***

    Fun trail ridden in either direction. Few water crossings but normal conditions easily done. Connects to several other trails.

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  • Scottbike
    Reviewing Buck:
    ****

    Steep with root drops and sharp switchbacks. Better do a brake check at top. Have climbed but so much more fun down.

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  • Scottbike
    Reviewing School House:
    ***

    Fun trail ridden in either direction. Couple creek crossings but normally not a problem. Can be flowy if ridden fast.

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  • onondagarunner
    *****

    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.

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  • Packman91

    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!

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  • larrde00
    ****

    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!

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  • Allgrainer
    Reviewing Little Bell:
    *****

    Nice short connecting trail that lets you avoid the fire road. Short twisty hill with a short ride through the most peaceful pine trees in Virginia!

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  • Allgrainer
    *****

    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.

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  • Matthew Bonner
    Reviewing The Gauntlet:
    *****

    This trail is a very fun, fast downhill that starts with a series of epic jumps. After that it transitions into a fast singletrack with an occasional little jump or drop. At the bottom your hands might be stuck to your bars!

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  • Matthew Bonner
    Reviewing Hotel:
    ****

    This trail gave me a much needed opportunity to spin out my legs after Buck! The flatness is made up for by the beauty of the flora and fauna along the trail's edge.

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