Wait, a beautiful Saturday with autumn colors coming in, sunny and 65 degrees, and there's nothing on the calendar? This won't do! Let's take a nice morning walk around Lake Accotink!
The route: Starting from the railroad trestle at the foot of the dam, we'll walk clockwise around the lake. The trail is a mix of fine gravel and paved paths through woods, with a short stretch on sidewalks halfway through the walk. Aside from an initial hill, it's pretty flat. The total distance around the lake is 4 miles, so the walk should take about an hour and a half at a moderate pace.
How to get there: From I-95, take Old Keene Mill Road west. (If you are coming from Franconia, note that Franconia Road becomes Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield.) Turn right on Hanover Avenue and drive north about a mile. Turn left onto Highland Street and drive west about a quarter of a mile to a slight right turn onto Accotink Park Road. Follow Accotink Park Road and watch for the entrance to the park on the left; then follow the road through the woods to the parking lot by the railroad trestle at the foot of the dam.
Where to meet: We'll meet in the parking lot underneath the railroad trestle. GPS coordinates =[masked],[masked]
What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. Sunscreen is recommended. Please remember this is a kid-free zone, no one under 18 please.
Administrative stuff: There are public restrooms, drinking fountains and a snack bar at the park marina.