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Long Branch Trail

A couple of weeks ago we had a pleasant walk along Accotink Creek, following it downstream from Wakefield Park to walk around Lake Accotink. Let’s return to the area for a walk in the woods along one of Accotink’s tributaries, the Long Branch. Maybe we can spot one of these little fellas...

The route: From Canterbury Woods Park, we’ll walk northwest along the Long Branch Trail through Long Branch and Rutherford Parks to Olley Lane and return.

The walk is about 4.6 miles of smiles, so we should be finished in just under 2 hours, including breaks. The surface is level and fine gravel with a few sections of pavement and footbridges.

How to get there: From I-495, take Exit 54A (Braddock Road) west for almost a mile to the light at Wakefield Chapel Road. (It’s the first light west of the entrance to Wakefield Park.) Turn right (north) onto Wakefield Chapel Road; the park entrance is immediately on your left.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. This is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Administrative stuff: There are no facilities at Canterbury Woods Park, but there are restrooms and drinking fountains at nearby Wakefield Nature Classroom, Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003, GPS =[masked],[masked] . There are also porta-johns and drinking fountains at Rutherford Park along our route.

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  • Julia

    Great walk, nice lunch at Swiss Bakery, and good company.

    2 · June 17, 2013

  • John M

    Thanks for a great walk with wonderful folks!

    2 · June 17, 2013

  • Shela C. T.

    Great

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Shela C. T.

    Ditto, John, good walk and I so appreciate learning about all these great trails close by.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Sheri R

    Thanks for the shady hike, John. Fun as always.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Lana

    Thank you John, it was great walk with nice people and perfect weather. Looking forward for the next meetup :-)

    3 · June 16, 2013

  • Kathy

    thank you John for continually finding local trails for us to hike. another great hike.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • LP

    Nice walk and lunch. Nice meeting you H.

    June 16, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Easy and fun:) Good weather and a slight breeze. :)sky

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Cindy

    John, thank you for another great hike, this time we even saw a deer.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Dario

    Great walk and group!
    Good walk !

    June 16, 2013

  • Margret

    Great time, as always... Thanks for organizing this, John. Am looking forward to the next event...

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big 5 STARS.

    June 16, 2013

  • Mary

    Wonderful trail!!!

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an excellent walk about 5 miles shaded by towering trees and along a little brook. Definitely a 5 star Meetups. Thank you to our guide and other walkers.

    4 · June 16, 2013

  • mariam e.

    Is it still too late to join

    June 16, 2013

  • Cecilia

    I won't be able to make it. Hopefully, next time!

    June 16, 2013

  • rosemarybeales

    Shucks. Can no longer make it. Next time!

    June 16, 2013

  • John M

    Here's a Google map of the route and a couple points of interest: http://tinyurl.com/mv2uwjo

    June 13, 2013

    • Edna

      Yes, the "Saturdayites"­ plan sounds about right! I love it. Not necessarily this Saturday...just remember the rest of us who can't make Sunday events at all (especially mornings) when you make great plans. Sadly we're missing all the fun.

      1 · June 14, 2013

    • Doris

      I agree with Edna

      June 15, 2013

  • Dario

    Looking forward, too.
    It is going to be my first meetup here since I failed my first attempt last Sunday.

    June 15, 2013

  • Christine K.

    Look forward to the journey.

    June 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    Need to build up to this hike.

    June 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    I realized now that I need to build up to this level hike. I will rejoin a hold when I feel ready.

    June 15, 2013

  • John M

    Hey folks,
    Looks like a beautiful day tomorrow, partly sunny and a high of 86. There's a 50% chance of showers after noon, but we'll be wrapped up before then. There's a couple places nearby if anyone wants to grab a bite after. (Kilroys was great last time we visited.) Give me a call if you need anything; my cell number is 7O3-924-O845.
    See you at Canterbury Woods Park!

    June 15, 2013

  • David R

    Would be great if you can pick me up. My cell is[masked] 6620. What color is your parachute, I mean your car?
    David

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Skysusan

      Oops... Replied below as well. Matilda is a 1989 BMW 325ix with license plate SUSAN. I look like my picture... grey haired and happy... sky

      June 15, 2013

    • Skysusan

      My cell is[masked]

      June 15, 2013

  • David R

    Could use a ride. Can get to any Metro station. Please let me know. Thanks!

    June 15, 2013

    • Skysusan

      King St Metro if that's easier... Sky

      June 15, 2013

    • Skysusan

      9:30 am at King St. M - Matilda is a 1989 BMW 325ix with license plate SUSAN... My picture looks like me... happy and grey haired! sky

      June 15, 2013

  • Skysusan

    If anyone wants a Metro pickup, please let me know and I'll be at the King Street M Station at 9:30 am. :)sky

    June 15, 2013

  • Shela C. T.

    I'll be heading out from Shirlington and will be glad to offer a ride or share someone else's who lives nearby.

    June 13, 2013

    • David R

      Still offering a ride? If so, is there a Metro station near you where you could pick me up? I live in DC.

      June 15, 2013

    • David R

      ps - Many thanks!

      June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great!

    June 15, 2013

  • Skysusan

    Lovely... sky

    June 15, 2013

  • Matt

    Looks like a great day!

    June 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    So once we enter the Wakefield Park entrance is that where we will be meeting? I am a newbie and just want to be sure.

    June 14, 2013

    • John M

      No. The meetup location is Canterbury Woods Park - it's on Wakefield Chapel Road, the next traffic light west on Braddock Road from Wakefield Park/Queensbury Ave.

      June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first event! Looking forward to it. Will bring my dog.

    June 14, 2013

  • Lisa

    Look forward to it.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems fun!

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring my furry friend Lucy.

    June 13, 2013

  • Ellen

    Perfect location as I have another meetup @ 4 in Springfield. Now that is synchronicity!

    June 13, 2013

    • Ellen

      Fairfax Thinkers. We normally meet in Fairfax though 1x/month.

      June 13, 2013

    • Dario

      Interesting. Thanks Ellen. I am even more curious !

      June 13, 2013

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