Carvins Cove Kayaking & Mountain Biking

Carvins Cove is beautiful, very close to Roanoke, and we are so glad we spent a couple days here!

Bobby on the kayak

Kayaking – Day 1

Sometimes, you just need a relaxing day on the lake.  Yes.  Exactly that.  Enjoy!

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It’s $3 to get into Carvins Cove.  After that, it’s time to enjoy beautiful outdoors.  Day one, we rented a couple of kayaks and took our time.  We came across fellow kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and small fishing boats.  Even with the diversity, it wasn’t hard to find a place of your own.

Megan and I brought a cooler with some sandwiches and drinks.  It was really easy to pull into one of the many fingers of the lake, providing spectacular views, as well as a little more privacy.  The lake is really easy to navigate, and thanks to restrictions on boat size we experienced very little wake from other water craft.  This was a great way to spend our first day here!

Mountain Bike – Day 2

Carvins Cove is a mountain biking paradise.  The trail system offers something for all levels of experience.  I watched some youtube videos before we left and it made me grit my teeth!  But don’t let that fool you, a novice rider will have a great time on many of the trails here too.

This is where I wish I brought some PB&Js and a beer

WE HIT THE TRAIL late morning on a Monday.  Carvins Cove had a XC race the day prior and we figured the day after a race is the best day for a trail of your own.  We were right!

The first few miles is easy and wide trail.  There is some climbing though and it will take some time to find the singletrack that makes this area so great.


If you’re looking for a squishy ride, how about crapping your pants!?

Yes, that is a roughly 8′ long Black Racer snake in the middle of the trail. Yes, I almost ran over it on my mountain bike.  Yes, this is as close as I’d get for a picture!

Mud & Water

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Megan and I are not advanced mountain bikers.  Still, Carvins Cove gave us some obstacles that are both fun, and doable for the everyday rider.  The creek pictured above is a perfect example of just that!

I love riding with Megan because she really likes to soak in the ride.  I am guilty of ripping through the trail as fast as possible, whereas Megan enjoys the sway of the switchback and the beauty that surrounds.

After experiencing Carvins Cove, Megan and I agree that mountain biking is one of our favorite parts of Roanoke and the surrounding area.  We would both suggest to anyone interested in doing a lot of mountain biking in this area, to make Carvins Cove a priority.

Washing it Down

A couple of days in the sun, exploring Carvins Cove by land and water, has made us hungry and thirsty!

Ballast Point Brewery (Daleville, VA) is nearby, and has the goods.  They offered so many varieties of beer, American style food, and has a great view from the patio.  Check them out!


Thanks for checking us out!

-Megan & Bobby