11.7 miles
Distance
2,183 ft
Climb
-2,186 ft
Descent
2,245 ft
High Point

This is an over-and-back at Carvins Cove starting from the Bennett Springs parking lot. Buck and Hi-Dee-Ho can be swapped around but The Gauntlet is best ridden downhill and The Trough, uphill.

Detailed Description
Carvins Cove Over and Back v1.0 is a 12 mile moderately popular expert route located near Roanoke Virginia. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,183 ft with a max elevation of 2,245 ft then descends -2,186 ft.
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17 Reviews & Comments

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adamstraus (Aug 13, 2022 at 21:53)
Trail The Gauntlet
Trailforks calls this blue, signpost calls it double black, I’d call it a solid single black. Trailforks description is wrong - it’s describing OG jump line. This trail is fast and chunky, and easily in the top 5 most fun trails I’ve ever ridden.
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Ivy-likes-trees (Apr 17, 2022 at 10:55)
Trail The Gauntlet
Don't ride this after eating only a few Krispy Kreme donuts.
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DolanBike (Feb 20, 2022 at 9:00)
Trail Buck
Very fun trail but definitely NOT A BLUE TRAIL! This trail is FAST and on the edge! BLACK DIAMOND FOR SURE!!
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normalrat (Nov 6, 2021 at 15:22)
Trail Buck
One of my favorite trails at Carvin's. Fast with some tight turns and chunky drops and roots to keep you on your toes.
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:15)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Strong not recommended to climb it due to the very fast downhill. So fast and fun downhill !!!!
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riderpat (May 22, 2021 at 19:10)
Trail The Trough
Not the best one for downhill due to the climber. Can be a big challenge for few rider don't like or not good on climbing trail. Fire road is easier on top .
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Kahlibf (Jan 8, 2021 at 13:54)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
Look, I'm a knuckle head and overlooked the obvious graph showing the direction of the elevation on Hi-Dee-Ho, but on the other hand, Trail Forks most certainly has the arrows pointing the WRONG direction on the map. So imagine being a guy that apparently can't read a topographical map, and only looking at the arrow. That poor sap had to walk his bike up the Hi-Dee-Ho trail for about 90% of the time.
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eangel1023 (Mar 17, 2021 at 19:47)
Trail Hi-Dee-Ho
A lot of riders use Hi-de-ho to get up to the top rather than use the fire road.
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 10:59)
Trail The Gauntlet
Love this one.
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PatMAE (Aug 31, 2020 at 12:13)
Trail The Trough
When climbed, this trail starts out as meandering singletrack, and turns into an unrelenting straight shot up the mountain. A considerable challenge for confident climbers, and a long hike-a-bike for everyone else. However, the trails at the top of the climb make the effort entirely worth it. Several worn-down lips and landings still exist along the edges of the trail, but with the amount of loose rock, and the uphill traffic, this may not be the optimal descending trail.
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D91mart (Aug 2, 2020 at 14:36)
Trail The Gauntlet
Description is wrong it’s a double black enduro downhill trail. This is not a machine built jump trail The Trail OG is the machine built jump trail. That being said this trail is awesome it’s super fast and long one of my favorite trails
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MrkTrussell (Jan 5, 2021 at 11:01)
Trail The Gauntlet
It's not a "double black enduro downhill trail". The IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System puts it at a blue square
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eangel1023 (Jan 19, 2021 at 17:11)
Trail The Gauntlet
Always thought it was a single black. It might have been a blue in the 90s but erosion has made the trail a lot more gnarly with more exposed roots.
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Jul 20, 2020 at 11:57)
Trail Buck
Is this area dog friendly or not?
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Mskransz NTN (Jan 8, 2019 at 4:38)
Trail The Gauntlet
Such a rad section of singletrack, I highly recommend! Wheels will leave the ground.
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GDodds (Jul 3, 2018 at 5:15)
Trail Horse Pen
Both n You JuJ
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XTREME86 (May 18, 2017 at 15:28)
Trail The Gauntlet
Drive
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    66
More Stats for Carvins Cove Over and Back v1.0 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,179 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,278 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,276 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -64.1%
  • Grade min
    49.4%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,003 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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The Gauntlet
Aug 17, 2022 @ 8:50am
Aug 17, 2022
A fair amount of erasion and loose rocks/gravel
Hi-Dee-Ho
Aug 17, 2022 @ 8:50am
Aug 17, 2022
Hotel
Aug 13, 2022 @ 11:37am
Aug 13, 2022
Buck
Feb 19, 2022 @ 10:11am
Feb 19, 2022
The Trough
Feb 19, 2022 @ 10:11am
Feb 19, 2022
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