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    Roanoke

    I will be visiting a friend in Roanoke March 20-24. From what Ive read, Carvin's looks like the place to go. Im an intermediate level rider, and ride a hardtail. What do you guys think?

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    Carvins is great. Plenty of different level trails. Stop at www.justtherightgear.com & pick up a trail pass & they can recommend some good riding. Also, you can hit up explore park in Roanoke, but there are so many trails at Carvins you could ride there for 2 days easily.
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    The Cove will give you the most bang for the buck. Lots of good singletrack with good signage. You can get a map off the internet and a pass at Just the Right Gear on Rt 311. Folks there can give you good route suggestions depending on what you want to ride. The lakeside trails are all good without extensive climbing required (Songbird , Schoolhouse, Enchanted Forest). The trails off of Brushy Mountain are more advanced and require long climbs (Hi-Dee-Hoe, Gauntlet, Buck, Comet). Kapusta a number of posts on routes here last year if you do a search.

    Other options are Explore Park & Mill Mountain trails if you want to try other stuff in the area without traveling. Lots of trails in the national forest too, but you almost need a guide for those. They are more technical , less maintained, and harder to find.

    Have fun!

    www.MountainJunkies.net also has good trail descriptions for the area (some of the maps are there too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft213
    I will be visiting a friend in Roanoke March 20-24. From what Ive read, Carvin's looks like the place to go. Im an intermediate level rider, and ride a hardtail. What do you guys think?
    Carvins is awsome! Here is some info. The maps at Just The Right Gear are much better then the one I have linked to.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=443752

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    Not that it needs it, but here's another thumbs up for Carvin's Cove. I've only been around VA now for little over a year, and have ridden numerous spots around the central and western parts of the state. Carvins is at the top of my list. It's a great place. As mentioned, it has a good variety of trails (climbs, descents, flatland), good signage, and is well maintained. I will say it takes at least two solid visits, and quite a bit of exploring to really get a feel for the quantity and layout of the trails.

    Also - FYI all the trails are multipurpose, so horseback riders populate the trails, sometimes in groups of 6+. It can get pretty busy as well, since it's close to Roanoke, and kind of a MTB destination. So don't expect solitude unless you're going on a weekday afternoon.

    If you're riding a hardtail, I would personaly stay away from the descents coming down off the mountain side of the trail system. Most of these trails are quite rough in my opinion, and warrant full suspension. I ride 5" and found myself wishing for more at times. Then again, all depends what your comfort level is.

    Definitely go out and explore the place. Don't know how it dries out in the spring time yet, so I'd suggest checking with some locals before heading out that way.

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    I wouldn't stay away from the descents, those are the best part. I've ridden a hardtail there & while it can be bumpy, its still super fun.
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    are the horse people rude to bikers? seen that at so many MUT before........

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    I always dismount when I meet them. They have always been cordial to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft213
    are the horse people rude to bikers? seen that at so many MUT before........
    In the ten years I have been riding at carvin's cove everyone I have ever met on a horse (or on foot for that matter) have been totally friendly. There were a lot of horses and hikers out there today, and they were all very cool. Show respect to them (and learn how to deal with horses), and they will show it to you.

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