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Lake Accotink Park, VA Day Hike

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This 3.8 mile loop hike occurred on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Participants were Tom O'Brien, Jessica Lowry, Jason Brue, Abby Brue and Mike Calabrese.

We caught a break this trip as the rain stopped early Saturday morning and would not be starting up again until Saturday afternoon. So I met Tom and Jessica at the church at 8:00 AM sharp and we all drove in separate vehicles to Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA. The

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was back in business!

We had gone over the COVID-19 Guidelines and everyone was wearing a mask. We got to the park around 8:45 AM and started the hike. We were then joined by Jason Brue and his daughter Abby. That then made 5 of us.

The trail was mostly dual track. And there were some ups and downs. But it was pleasant to hike on. There were a lot of people out in the park on this Saturday. There had been a 5K race. There were walkers, runners and bicyclists on the trail.

This loop trail went partially around Lake Accotink for about a mile and a half, then along Accotink Creek, which fed the lake, for another half mile, then along Danbury Forest Road for about a quarter mile, then along what looked like an old road for the last mile or so. This old road was well graded and was very easy to hike on.

The temperature was in the 70's when we started, then was in the 80's by the time that we finished this one. The humidity was a factor today. We had a mixture of sun and clouds most of the day.

This park was in the news last year as Fairfax County, VA was going to let the lake return to a creek since they had to dredge it every 10-15 years. However, due to citizen feedback they decided to go ahead and dredge it again. I hope that they can find a way to keep this lake from filling up with silt as it is a fantastic source of recreation for the people.

Our youngest hiker was Abby, who was only about 8 years old. She did well on this 3.8 mile loop. We ended the hike around 10:30, which was a lot earlier than I expected. We then said our goodbyes and drove home. So even in the era of COVID-19 we were still able to have a nice time, some good conversation (while social distancing and wearing a mask) and hopefully got a bit in better shape by hiking the Lake Accotink Trail. Another hike in the books!

Mike C

More Images

Lake Accotink Lives On!

Fairfax County Board votes to save Lake Accotink
Lake Accotink Dam
  Lake Accotink Dam.
   By Mike Calabrese

Taking a break around mile 2
  Taking a break around mile 2.
   By Mike Calabrese

Social distancing   Social distancing.
  By Mike Calabrese

View of Accotink Creek, VA
  View of Accotink Creek, VA. .
  By Mike Calabrese

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