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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

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Address: 9644 Reservoir Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019-7916
Phone Number: (540) 563-9170

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Very Peaceful

In Roanoke for a Bridal Shower. Had a little free time so my sister and I rented kayaks for the first time at Carvins Cove. It was absolutely beautiful and very peaceful just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cindy W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Carvins Cove on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. Despite the cool and overcast conditions, the lake was well used by kayakers, people fishing from boats and pedalo users. We wanted to walk beside the lake. It is a 3 mile walk from the parking lot to the trailhead. We walked 1.5 miles in an hour reaching... More 

Thank Owen_thesaints
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Roanoke for a Bridal Shower. Had a little free time so my sister and I rented kayaks for the first time at Carvins Cove. It was absolutely beautiful and very peaceful just paddling around the lake on a very hot day. Rentals are very inexpensive. Will be back for the wedding in September and will visit again for some... More 

Thank Cindy W
Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent about 2 hrs here walking the easy to moderate trails mainly through the woods. The shade was a welcome relief from the sunshine. We saw folks fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and walking their dogs. Just a lovely area to spend some time in, stretch the legs, gets some exercise. It's a state operated park, I think, and cost a... More 

Thank PghGirl46
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

At a mere 30-minute drive from the heart of downtown Roanoke, in Hollins, VA, this is one of the community's principal water sources. A man-made lake with excellent fresh-water fishing from shore or by small john-boat. Beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountains, particularly Tinker Mountain at whose base the lake is located. Picnic tables in specified areas around the shoreline... More 

Thank Patrick K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

What a great place to relax. Rented a John boat and meandered around for several hours. Saw hawks and Herons while out there it was incredible. The boat rentals are very inexpensive. You have the choice of paddle boat, kayak,and John boat. Well worth it

Thank Timothy f
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We love to take a little fishing boat out here. Picnic in the great shady picnic area. Fish all day, and enjoy the view of the mountains. The bathrooms are cool and the ride out here is nice.

Thank TheGoodiesofRke
Goodview, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The parking is a pay for the day, but is reasonable. There are trails to hike or bike around the lake. There is a bath house and picnic areas. The lake is nice for fishing or canoeing but sometimes a little windy.

Thank gcassady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The Cove offers so much great hikes, kyaking, fishing and picnic. We walk the dog every chance we get, easy to enjoy the picnic areas and fishing pier.

Thank eeseasdaszds
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We spent a whole day hiking in the mountains surrounding the lake. It is so beautiful. We only saw two people all day even though there are plenty of bike trails as well as walking trails. Would highly recommend this for that get away from it all feeling. Take a picnic!!

Thank MrsBondSomerset
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a terrific place for a day of paddling on a beautiful body of water. It is one of the water sources for the City of Roanoke so you can't swim in the Cove. There is a restriction on boats not having been in any other water in the last thirty days I think to prevent introduction of zebra... More 

Thank Briarlee

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