Join Us for An Easy 6 Mile Social Hike in Lake Accotink Park with Optional Post Hike Meal!
Lake Accotink Park is a neighborhood park in the Springfield area of south-central Fairfax County. Most of its 480 acres are covered by deciduous woods that serve as a nature preserve. In warm weather, visitors head for the park’s namesake lake to boat, fish, picnic, wander around, loaf, or enjoy the nearby playground and carousel. Year-round, some local cyclists, joggers, and even a few hikers circle the 70-acre lake on a scenic woodland trail. The smart ones stay out of the poison ivy. The lakeshore trail makes up much of the 6.4-mile route described below. Although it’s no aerobic challenge, it’s hilly enough to provide lake views and a modest workout. The rest of the route consists of a level spur trail that follows Accotink Creek downstream from nearby Wakefield Park. The two trails provide an easy and pleasing hike through a seasonally changing landscape in which nature is evident but suburbia rarely absent.
Hiking boots are not required for this hike, sneakers are fine.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springfield
Scenery: Woodlands and lake views
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Trail Surface: Mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand.
Local Maps: USGS Annandale; posted trail map around lake
Topo Map: Lake Accotink Park Topographic Map
Facilities: toilets, water, warm season snack bar(closed in winter), phones near trailhead, at marina
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
Gear Suggestions and Information
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Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
If you can drive or want to carpool from a different location, please post that location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike is at 9:30 a.m.
Savage Carpool Time is 8:15 a.m.
Optional Post Hike Lunch
We will have an optional post hike lunch at Kilroys in Ravensworth Shopping Center. Click here for Information and Menu Infromation for Kilroys.
5250-A Port Royal Road
Springfield Virginia 22151
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
See you there and please take my number with you just in case..