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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

9644 Reservoir Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
(540) 563-9170
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Roanoke
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- Jul 17, 2014
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Troutville, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Roanoke, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great place to see wildlife and relax with the family. Many large black bears live here, as well as deer, fox, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, bobcats, and any lake fairing species. The Appalachian trail runs through the reserve. There is easy access by driving and parking, hiking in from 2 different directions of the AT, or an easier... More

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Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

There are two ways to come in to the reserve. I usually head out towards Catawba and circle in the back parking lot. There is a fee to use the reserve, but it's low. I always hike, but it looks perfect for biking and I often see mountain bikes in the parking lot. When I was there, there were NO... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I was surprised to drive in and find that all (16 and up) who wanted to set foot on the property had to pay a "user fee." There were boats available for rent as well as a boat ramp, a walking trail and pavilion, but we didn't think it was worth the fee since we only wanted a place to... More

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This a small reservoir for the city of Roanoke and surroundig areas. There are two ways to get into the reserve one is off of Rt 11 just north of Roanoke. The other way is through Bennett Springs off Rt 311. The big attraction for me was miles of mountain bike trails that range from beginners to expert. every time... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We have done mountain biking and biking at Carvin's Cove. It is a beautiful place so close to Roanoke city. An easy "getaway" that gives the feeling of the wild outdoors. It can get crowded on weekends, especially if the weather is good.

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