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Thaiss Park: Accotink Creek along the Cross County Trail

Accotink Creek: It’s still there, and we still haven’t covered it all! Let’s remedy that with a pleasant walk along the Cross County Trail!

The route: From the north side of the Thaiss Park parking lot, we’ll follow Accotink Creek downstream along the Cross County Trail and return.

This is an out and back walk, 3 miles each way, for a total of 6 miles of smiles. There are three streets to cross along our way: Barkley Dr, Prosperity Ave, and Woodburn Rd. Otherwise it’s an uninterrupted surfaced/fine gravel woodland path to King Arthur Rd and return, so despite the distance, it’s flat and easy going. We should be finished in around 2 hours.

How to get there: From the I-495 beltway (either direction), take exit 50 A-B for US-50 toward Arlington Blvd/Arlington/Fairfax. Take exit 50 A to merge onto US-50 W/Arlington Blvd toward Fairfax. Drive 2.8 miles west along US-50 W/Arlington Blvd and turn left onto VA-237 W, and then take the next left into Thaiss Park parking lot.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. This is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and a drinking fountain at Thaiss Park, and at Eakin Park, slightly off the trail along our route.

After the walk: For those who would like a bite after the walk, Artie’s is highly recommended; maybe a half mile’s drive from Thaiss Park, with a wide menu and a brunch starting at 10:30.

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  • Rick K

    Thanks John for organizing a nice shady hike!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Sheri R

    I've lived here all my life and never been on this trail. Thanks for introducing it. Fun people and good lunch too. Thanks, John!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Dawn

    Another awesome hike!!! Loved the flat route and quick pace!!! Yummy lunch and frozen yogurt after were the icing on the cake! Thanks so much, John!!!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Mark O.

    Another great excuse to get me off the couch - thanks John!

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • John M

    Friendly, fast moving folks! Thanks for the great workout!!

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • Cindy

    John, Thanks for a perfect, shady, easy 6 mile morning walk. Great seeing everyone

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • Jim

    John, thanks for leading another great hike. You picked out a perfect shaded route for a July morning stroll.

    2 · July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you still there? Sorry I'm lost but I'm in the way!

    July 6, 2013

  • Wayne

    I'm here

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans. Catch you guys on the next one! Have fun!

    July 5, 2013

    • Dawn

      Where's the "Dislike" button?! Will miss you and Edna!! :( Hope you have a great weekend!!

      July 5, 2013

  • Wayne

    This will be my first hike with you guys looking forward to it.

    July 5, 2013

    • John N.

      This is a very easy one to start with... Good one for a hot day... :)

      July 5, 2013

    • Dawn

      HOOOYA easy!!!! We like easy... with further distances!!! ;)

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Dawn

    I SO can't wait to get out of here and hike with you guys!!! You're my new "Calgon"!!! Take me away!!!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! My finance and our Jack Russell, Millie, will be joining! Very excited to meet some new friends!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With furry friend in tow

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Aqab

    Any chance of a ride? I'm coming from DC.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a quick question. This wi be my first time with the group. In the description is days we can bring our furry friends. I wanted to confirm this is okay.

    July 1, 2013

    • John M

      Sure! Don't forget, Fairfax County requires leashes except in designated dog parks.

      July 1, 2013

  • Aqab

    Will be good to be back to the wild.

    June 30, 2013

  • Dawn

    Yippeeee Skippeeee!!!! ;)

    2 · June 30, 2013

    • Edna

      Ohhhh maannn! If I wasn't going to be in Seattle, you know I'd be there. So sorry to miss this one John...

      2 · June 30, 2013

  • Dewie

    Looking forward to a Holiday Weekend hike

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Janet L.

    should be a lot of fun...

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for hosting. I was on a look out for a hike over the holiday too. I am in for lunch afterwards too. :-)

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • John M

    A Google map of the route is here: http://tinyurl.com/nykjk49

    June 29, 2013

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