Guidebook

Roanoke, Virginia: "Mountain Bike Capital of the East"

Check out the superb mountain bike trails in IMBA's only silver-level Ride Center on the East Coast.

Description

Roanoke reigns supreme as the only silver-level IMBA Ride Center on the East Coast, leading some locals to label Roanoke as the "Mountain Bike Capital of the East." Since Asheville/Brevard, North Carolina, and the Kingdom Trails in Vermont aren't listed anywhere on IMBA's Ride Center list, you do have to take the label with a grain of salt, but there are no two ways about it: the mountain biking in Roanoke is absolutely stellar!

The #1 go-to mountain bike trail system in the region is Carvins Cove. Spanning 12,700 acres of land, Carvins Cove "is the fifth-largest city park in the United States, and the second-largest city park managed by a municipality," according to Wikipedia. Home to over 60 miles of trail, you can create as easy or as difficult of a mountain bike ride here as you desire! On the easier end of the spectrum, stick to the lower trails for less climbing and more flow. To ratchet up the challenge, pedal higher up the mountain to access Hi-Dee-Ho, Gauntlet, and more.

If you're looking for a true backcountry challenge, head deeper into the formidable Blue Ridge Mountains to the west of the city. Here you'll find a massive array of backcountry epics, with Dragon's Back one of the most renowned.

Finally, for a quick in-town hit, Mill Mountain is a local's favorite, and provides stunning views across the city of Roanoke—especially at night.

And these are just the area highlights. As you dive deeper into the Roanoke mountain bike scene, you'll unearth even more challenging backcountry epics, fantastic beginner trails close to home, pumptracks to play on, and all manner of mountain biking fun. So pack your bags and hit the road to Roanoke!

Sources:
IMBA.com
RoanokeOutside.com
Wikipedia

Carvin's Cove Lower Trails
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Carvin's Cove Lower Trails

Roanoke
22.7 km
405 m
404 m
A superb selection of Carvin Cove's flowiest trails.
Moderate
Private
Hi-Dee-Ho Loop

Hi-Dee-Ho Loop

Roanoke
11.9 km
412 m
413 m
A popular loop that accesses the upper mountain at Carvin's Cove.
Severe
Private
The Gauntlet Loop

The Gauntlet Loop

Roanoke
9.8 km
356 m
359 m
The rowdiest, most technical descent at Carvin's Cove.
Severe
Private
Dragon's Back

Dragon's Back

Roanoke
20.1 km
845 m
843 m
A true black diamond backcountry challenge awaits on the exposed bedrock spine of North Mountain.
Severe
Private
Mill Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mill Mountain

Roanoke
16.2 km
561 m
561 m
Roanoke's favorite in-town singletrack hit.
Moderate
Private