43 miles
Distance
7,039 ft
Climb
-7,042 ft
Descent
2,236 ft
High Point

Legend has it, that long before the water of Carvins Cove flooded the farmland once known as Happy Valley, a strange and shadowy gilled creature roamed the bogs and waterways…

Now, for reasons unknown, sightings of an unusual reptilian figure have been widely reported. This fall, a brigade of endurance mountain bike racers will be sent in to investigate, exploring 40+ miles of dark backwoods while simultaneously competing for the ultimate prize: the XXC-VA state championship!

Virginia’s Blue Ridge’s Creature From Carvins Cove invites mountain bike racers from across the state and beyond to witness the wonders of Carvins Cove’s gnarliest singletrack! Shorter option? Yes we have a 15-mile XC route.

Our title sponsor, Virginia's Blue Ridge, has compiled a resource for bike friendly lodging: https://www.visitroanokeva.com/biking/bike-friendly-lodging.

There is also free camping at GO Fest grounds, River's Edge North on the river in the shadow of Carilion Clinic.

Local Trail Association
Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists (www.roanokeimba.org)
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    Double Black Diamond
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More Stats for Creature From Carvins Cove XCM mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,191 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,221 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,217 ft
  • Grade max
    -48%
  • Grade min
    73.7%
  • Distance climb
    20 miles
  • Distance down
    19 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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      Riding OG to The Gauntlet @ Carvin's Cove
      Riding OG to The Gauntlet @ Carvin's Cove
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      Run down Trough (Roanoke VA)
      Run down Trough (Roanoke VA)
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      Apr 12, 2017
      Uncut run of Trough trail
      Run down Trough (Roanoke VA)
      Run down Trough (Roanoke VA)
      trail: The Trough
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      Mar 31, 2017
      Uncut clip of Trough

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