June 17


Carvins Cove – [2024 Update] Unofficial Park Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 17, 2021

Hikes Near Roanoke Va, Kayaking, Nature Walks

Carvins Cove Statistics


Miles of Trails




Food & Drink Options


Primary Activities

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Yoanoke

Carvins Cove - Unofficial Park Guide

 Walking     Jogging     Horseback      Mountain Biking    Kayaking    Bird Watching 

Carvins Cove is located just north of Roanoke, Va. Boasting 630 acres and 60 miles of trails. With 3 separate trailheads, Carvins Cove Natural Reserve can be entered at Bennett Springs Parking Lot, Timberview Parking Lot or the Recreation Area.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Carvins Cove Location & Park Conditions

Carvins Cove Best Picture Locations

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve has too many picture locations to list. The two best locations I've found is from the lake in the recreation area as well as the view below on Lakeside Trail (31) when you first reach the Cove. 

carvins cove yonoke

Where can I park at Carvins Cove?

Where you want to park at Carvins Cove mainly depends on what the activity you'd like to participate in:

Hiking Carvins Cove: Park at Timberview Trail. Timberview Trail is great for mountain biking and nature walks but it doesn't have the access to the water like the main entrance if let's say you wanted to go kayaking. According to Carvins Cove website there is a $7 day use fee.

Kayaking at Carvins Cove: Park at the Boat Dock.

Mountain Biking at Carvins Cove: Park at Bennett Springs or Timberview Trail. The boat dock has limited access to the trails while Bennett Springs and Timberview Trail are the best locations to put in for hiking and mountain biking.

Can you swim at Carvins Cove?

Swimming isn't permitted at Carvins Cove however bring your kayak if you want to get on the water. 

Can you hike at Carvins Cove?

Yes, Carvins Cove is a hidden gem of hiking with over 60 miles of trails. Timberview Trail is the best access to the Carvins Cove trails that I've found. However, if you've found great trails at the other parking lots please comment below. 

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