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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

Address: 9644 Reservoir Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
Phone Number: (540) 563-9170
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Roanoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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128 reviews 128 reviews
47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is gem in the Roanoke Valley. This park surrounds the water source lake of Roanoke City. No swimming is allowed but you can boat there. Off of route 311 you can access a road that will take you to a parking lot that has miles and miles of great bike trails through a beautiful woodland landscape. You can also... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We went here as a family and had a picnic and kayaking. I have never been on this lake before and it was great. We had a wonderful time.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Lots of trails, beautiful lake. And a very peaceful setting. It is not a well publicized outdoor spot but it is worth seeing. It is owned by the water authority so there is no swimming allowed but you can take a small boat out on the water and can fish as well.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We like biking out on the trails and finding a spot along the lake to relax. There are trails for all levels of adventure!

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Troutville, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We go there to relax on the water, rent a boat (super cheap), row out to a quit little nook and let the kids roam wild. Perfect little get away for a few hours

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Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great mountain biking trails. Some easy stuff, some hard stuff. Do some route research beforehand so you know what kind of trails you want to ride.

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Wilmington, nc
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This reservoir, about 8 miles outside of town, is kept nice by limiting boat sizes. It is great for paddling and there are many miles of trails around it. Only downside was that some of the mountain bikers on the trails were very rude and acted like we were in their way as we were hiking, not riding.

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Troutville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We love Carvins Cove. A few bucks for all 4 of us to get in and a few more and we have a boat. Pack lunch, find a serene spot and we have a mini adventure.

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Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Ample parking, beautifully maintained. Could offer a bit more to those coming to do some water activity. Perhaps row boats? Paddle boats? Or events that could educate by offering a course in studying some type of forestry? Water management? Bird or other wildlife studies? Good for biking and hiking. I've taken my kyak there a couple times, but if you... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Monday was first day for me at Carvins Cove and first time kayaking, it was recommended by a friend and I have fallen in love. Felt very safe here and talked extensively with the very knowledgeable staff about rules and safest way to have fun. You can rent kayaks, paddle boats and more! Life jackets are provided with rentals and... More 

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