Lake Accotink Park

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice hike with very nice people on a beautiful day!!

    October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect timing - the leaves were beautiful!

    October 20, 2012

  • John M

    Great bunch, lovely day! Thanks for a great time!

    October 20, 2012

  • Traci

    Great weather. Great people!

    October 20, 2012

  • Rachel

    No problem Carl....glad to have someone to walk with.

    October 20, 2012

  • Nats F.

    Guess I got there about 10 minutes to late never caught up with you. Thanks Rachel for walking with me.

    October 20, 2012

  • Rick K

    I can pick up a couple of people at West Falls Church Metro if someone needs a ride. Please email if interested.

    October 19, 2012

    • April L.

      That sounds great! I will see you then!

      October 19, 2012

    • April L.

      Hey Richard! I'm having a hard time finding the email you sent me, so sorry I wanted to text. I apologize for the short notice, but I won't be able to make it today. So sorry, enjoy the day!

      October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a dog friendly hike?

    October 18, 2012

  • April

    I'm not driving right now and was wondering if there was someone that I could hitch a ride with from Huntington metro station and car pool to Lake Accotink for the hike?

    October 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      April, my girlfriend & I would be happy to pick you up at the Springfield Metro about 9:15 if that would work for you.

      1 · October 18, 2012

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