Carvin’s Cove, the treasure in our own backyard

Living Local

Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Carvin’s Cove is not only the source of drinking water for Roanoke County, the City of Roanoke, as well as parts of Botetourt and Franklin Counties but it’s the second-largest municipal park in the nation, boasting countless recreational opportunities.

Due to the concerns of COVID-19 a lot of recreational areas, as well as pools, have been closed in our area but that isn’t the case at the cove. Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Water Quality, Roger Blankenship offers some updates as well as information on how we can take advantage of this local treasure.

“We offer a lot of water recreational facilities. You can still kayak, you can paddleboard, you can boat. However, we are not renting any rentals right now.”

Roger Blankenship, Chief Operating Officer for Water Quality with the Western Virginia Water Authority

As mentioned by Blankenship, rentals are on hold but the fun does not have to stop. In addition to water activities, visitors can choose from many fishing spots, can hike and bike over 55 miles, and even go horseback riding.

There are countless meticulously maintained facilities as well, covered picnic areas, and multiple restrooms to make visitors experience more comfortable.

To partake in all that Carvin’s Cove has to offer a small fee is required. Fees have been reinstated as of August, 1st 2020.

 “A lot of people are having to leave their hometowns or their neighborhoods to find recreation and if you’re in the general Roanoke area, then this is a great place to travel to. It’s not very far, the fees are minimal, and kids really enjoy it here!”

Roger Blankenship, Chief Operating Officer for Water Quality with the Western Virginia Water Authority

For more information on Carvin’s Cove Natural Reserve, click here.

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