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“Amazing lake, great family place”

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve
Ranked #13 of 71 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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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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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.

1  Thank ievasandy
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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 do frequent it to get in the water, it is a bit pricey. Overall, not bad to hop in your car and disappear in to nature.

Thank Brendasreview
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

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 fees are reasonable even if you bring your own equipment. Loved the views and can't wait to go back again.

2  Thank Misty M
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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 footpath from a back road. The AT hike from Tinker mountain is very steep.

Thank JoeSwindell
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