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Cross County Trail: Wakefield to Accotink

After these mountain hikes, flat is sounding pretty good. There's still some autumn leaves on the trees, so let's take a walk along the Cross County Trail!

The route: From Wakefield Park, we’ll walk south along the Cross County Trail to Lake Accotink (GPS =[masked],[masked]) and return.

The walk is 2.5 miles out and back for 5 miles of smiles. We should be finished in around 2 hours. The surface is a mix of dirt and gravel.

Where to meet: We'll meet in the first parking lot to the left, west of the baseball diamonds. (GPS =[masked],[masked] – NOT the parking lot for the Rec Center.)

How to get there: The park entrance is at the intersection of Braddock Road and West Braddock/Queensbury Roads. (GPS =[masked],-77.224638.) From I-495, take Exit 54A (Braddock Road) west for one quarter mile to the park entrance on the right. After entering the park, it’s the first parking lot to the left after the entrance to the maintenance area.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired. Forecast for Saturday is sunny and a high of 54, so consider the layered look. This is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 please.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms at the meetup point parking lot, and at the Wakefield Rec Center. To get to the Rec Center, drive past the meetup point and turn left at the sign for the center. There are also facilities at our turnaround point at Lake Accotink.

After the walk:

  • The Swiss Bakery Café is across Braddock Road in Ravensworth Shopping Center‎. (From the park exit, turn left on Braddock and take the first right at the stoplight on Port Royal Road.) The café serves Swiss and Bavarian breakfast and lunch until 2:00 pm.
  • Kilroy’s, also in Ravensworth Shopping Center, has an extensive menu and if you “like” their Facebook page, you get a $10 gift certificate to spend.


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  • SonaDora

    Very nice.

    November 18, 2012

  • Bill

    Thanks, John!

    November 17, 2012

  • John M

    Great group of friendly hikers! Thanks!

    November 17, 2012

  • Kyong L.

    It was very nice and enjoyed it very much. Thanks to John. :)

    November 17, 2012

  • shae

    You are not going to walk around Lake Accotink?

    November 14, 2012

    • John M

      That's not planned, since we walked around Lake Accotink last month. But if attendees want to, we can. It adds 0.3 miles, so it doesn't make much difference.

      November 14, 2012

    • shae

      The loop around the lake is 4 miles. I could be wrong but one of my other groups is going later for a 4 mile walk around the lake.

      November 14, 2012

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