Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:49 PM
Hey Super Troopers!!!
Our walk is scheduled a few days prior to Veterans Day, so to all our peeps who served in the United States Armed Forces, thank you for your sacrifices and service to our nation. ---In the spirit of full disclosure, I was a US Army M1-tanker years ago. I also have to say, that between the pride in representing our country overseas in Europe and in Asia and the privilege of serving with some of America?s finest men and women, along with the abundance of adventure, those years were the best years of my life! -Courage conquers. Iron Dukes!!
The Accotink Stream Valley Trail is component of the Cross County Trail, which stretches across Fairfax County from south to north. We?ll follow the stream as it leaves behind the restraint of the Lake Accotink dam and winds its way through a wooded valley to the Potomac River. With the colors of fall that we all know and love, this promises to be an easy, breezy, beautiful walk.
As usual, this will be a 2-hr walk (6 miles of smiles). The trail surface is asphalt for our entire stretch, with a fairweather crossing and a steep hill along the way (I love hills!). We?ll pick up the trail around Mile 28.5 and head south towards Mile 31 and then retrace our steps.
How to get there: Lake Accotink is reached from I-95 by taking Old Keene Mill Rd. west to right on Hanover Ave. Turn left on Highland Ave. and then right on Accotink Park Rd. Watch for the entrance on the left. If you are coming from Franconia Rd., note that Franconia Rd. becomes Old Keene Mill Rd. in Springfield. Use this local map so you don?t get lost! We?ll meet in the parking lot.
What to bring: yourself, water, comfy shoes, and cool sunglasses. As always, if you have questions, need a ride, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is (301) 712-5880.
Hope you'll come to the dance!
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road
Springfield, VA 22150