Let's take a walk around Lake Accotink in Springfield, VA! Most of the four-mile loop trail around the lake is well shaded under the forest canopy, and the trail is mostly level or gently sloped with a few short steeper sections, for a total of 183 feet of elevation gain. The walk will start and end at the marina, where seating, rest room facilities, beverage vending machines, and various activities such as pedal boat and bike rentals are available.
If you follow directions to the event address, you can park in the main lot, walk under the train bridge to get to the lake, then turn right and follow the shore a few hundred feet to the marina facilities. There is also a secondary lot, which I prefer because it's closer and easier to access from the west, at 5660 Heming Ave., Springfield, VA 22151. At the end of the lot opposite the Heming Ave. entrance, there are two short walking paths to the marina; the one on the right leads directly to the meeting location.
We will meet at 9:30 AM by the small square building highlighted with a red arrow in the event photo. We can start walking counter-clockwise around the loop when everyone has arrived or at 9:45, whichever comes first. The event ends when we return to the marina, which should be around 11:15. Naturally, attendees are welcome to stay at the marina for other activities or meet somewhere for lunch after the walk if they wish.