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Carvin's Cove Hay Rock via Appalachian Trail

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Daleville, Virginia

Carvin's Cove Hay Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Daleville, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 1,417 ft Route type Out & Back

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Out and back hike used for hiking.

Parking area of Route220

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Reviews (280)
Photos (253)
Recordings (192)
Completed (506)
D Scott Davis
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HikingRocky

The AT from Daleville is a great hike. Turn left at the AT off of the access trail from the Park-n-Ride. It is challenging in terms of elevation gain and some moderate rock climbing. Nice vistas from the ridge. There is a lack of water sources after the first mile. The full hike (red line) out and back is 15 miles and is a full day event, turn around shortly after Hay Rock. Suggest trekking poles and carry sufficient water. Disappointed in the lack of wildlife (August). Don’t let the comments about power lines deter your hike. You will appreciate the power lines when you take a warm shower afterwards.

Tim Lee
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Hiking

Easy access right off the highway with parking at the ‘park and ride’ lot. Nice hike. Plan 3-4 hours out and back. Lots of beautiful views along the way to the giant rocky end point. Agree with moderate rating.

Susana Obregon
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Hiking

Haces mucho ejercicio !! Una caminata muy recomendada y muy larga. Solo si quieren lleguen a los miradores del lago porque más adelante ya no hay nada bueno que ver y si es muy cansada agotada llegar hasta el final ya qué hay muchas rocas.

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Joshua Streetman
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Hiking

I went for a trail run along this route and turned around at the 2.5 mark to make it an even five. Good ups and downs and a little scrambling but a solid morning run in Virginia heat

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Elisabeth Myers
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HikingRocky
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Patrick Pekala
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Hiking

Nice hike except near the high voltage lines. Was not sure where the turnaround point was. Nice views of Carvin’s Cove.

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lisa wood
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes. Great views. I decided to GPS the walking mileage and it was 3.76 to Hayrock. It isn't marked when you get there, but you know you're there when you come to huge boulders leaning over the trail. I enjoy hiking past Hayrock. At the 4 mile mark there is a wall of boulders to the left of the trail. It's always a quiet hike when I get out hiking by 8:00. Weekdays are especially quiet. Lots of shade too.

Daniel Beard
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HikingMuddy

Great Hike. Great Views! But don’t follow the red line to the end. Actual view point is about a mile before the end.

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Autumn Goebel
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Hiking
Dinesh Pattabiraman
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HikingRocky

Great views on top along the trail. Its rocky after you reach the top and continue on the trail. The trail is a part of the Appalachian trail and keeps continuing. Be sure to know where you would like to turn back. The end point specified in AllTrails(after 3.9 miles) doesn’t have anything particularly significant.

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Ed Wall
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Hiking

Enjoyed the hike- reviews stated only 7.7 but our phones recorded 10+. We returned after Hays rock. Thanks to all trails for showing where it starts from the parking area.

Betsy Van Patten
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Hiking

Worth the view! The lower part is humid and buggy due to the low lying area but it’s well maintained with logs to prevent walking through standing water. The rest of the trail is well maintained and fairly easy solid bed to walk on. Some loose rocks before we got to the spot that overlooks the cove. We stopped at about 2.6 miles in after the view and headed out. This is a great hike and we will likely do it again.

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Mack Meller
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Hiking

It's very rare I'm disappointed by a hike that is recommended so highly on AllTrails, but this was one of those. There are decent views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains, but they're all significantly tainted by the powerlines which are a real eyesore both in terms of the views and the hike up. Also Hay Rock is not clearly marked at all - I'm not sure if I even made it there but at some point the trail seemed to dip down and away from the reservoir so I gave up on finding a good view without powerlines and turned around. Probably the coolest part of this hike was seeing a HUGE black rat snake somewhere in the woods that must've been about 7 feet long.

Autumn Goebel
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Hiking

Did this about a month ago, wasn’t too tough and a gorgeous view! Definitely worth it!

Sharon Guan
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Hiking

The first overlook over the reservoir was beautiful and well worth the hike through large electrical towers near the front half of the hike. Lots of rocks so be careful with footing but the AT is well marked along this section and is well shaded. Loved walking through the woods with a gradual ascent. The ending point of this hike was pretty arbitrary so I would recommend stopping once you can no longer see the reservoir.

Heather Pickerel
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Hiking

Beautiful scenes. Rivers, rail road tracks, rocks & Carvins Cove Reservoir. Some rocks are under power lines hum, almost electric. The view of the reservoir is well worth the trip!

Gavin Oxley
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HikingRocky

If you are expecting a summit view this trail is not for you. If you are looking for great views along the way and a cool rock formation at the summit then this trail is for you. I personally used this trail as a way to gain endurance and pack weight. Easy trail but length is not recommended for beginners unless you are a trooper. Also there is a tree down within the first mile.

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Spencer Marsh
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Hiking

Keep going past hays rock!! Better overviews to be seen.

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Amie Elizabeth
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Hiking

Great Trail. Our family enjoyed the beautiful view over Carvins Cove . Just know , there really isn’t much of an view at Hay Rock . But it’s worth the hike, my husband and daughter climbed it , they said the view was better up higher . However , it’s difficult to climb . But the view over Carvins Cove makes the trip worth it ! We enjoyed the creek some too on our way back . Very refreshing.Great day all around.

Celia Kaufman
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HikingBugsMuddyPrivate property

This was my first real trail. A little difficult at times with the incline (pack lightly) but overall not too bad.

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dylan hickok
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HikingMuddy
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Anne-Chanel Renald
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Hiking

Some mud and the views are not the most interesting. Great for families though not too hard.

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Amber Rhodes
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HikingBugsRocky

This trail had some gorgeous views I would recommend The hike. The terian was rougher than expected so watch out and be careful.

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Michele Flippo
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HikingMuddy

I’ll rate it 5 stars not because it was perfect but because of all the pretty views. Even if you don’t go all the way to hay rock. Switchbacks, some steep sections, some rocky too. A little muddy. Heading back out was a lot easier. Overall a very rewarding hike. Plan for 3-4 hrs at least including stops and lunch. No bathrooms, but parking lot close to gas station.

Lindsay Morris
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HikingMuddy
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Wayne Walk Jr.
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HikingMuddy

Muddy in February? yes... from 50°F weather! I'll take it. First mile was definitely muddy then here and there for the remainder of the trail. Many nice views to see and plenty of rocks to climb.

Jessica Martin
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