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Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

Carvins Cove is a beautiful 12,700-acre property in Botetourt and Roanoke Counties near Hollins University, and contains a 11,200-acre watershed that drains into Carvins Cove Reservoir. The reservoir supplies Carvins Cove Water Filtration Plant, which filters water for customers of the Western Virginia Water Authority. The land above the 1200-foot contour is owned by the City of Roanoke and is the second largest city-owned park in the United States. Numerous recreational opportunities are available at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.


Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is mostly forested with several different forest natural communities, perennial and intermittent streams, seasonal wetlands, and the reservoir, all of which provide diverse wildlife habitats. The reserve also has trails, a boat launch, picnic area, fishing platforms and restrooms. Swimming and camping, however, are not permitted in the Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.