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Long Branch Trail to Lake Accotink Loop Trail Ride

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A 10-mile loop through Burke that hits Long Branch Stream Valley Trail and Lake Accotink Loop Trail.


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10.4

Miles

16.7

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Singletrack

373' 114 m

High

187' 57 m

Low

275' 84 m

Up

274' 84 m

Down

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Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Family Friendly Most of this is very tame and family friendly. As a whole, it might be a bit long for little ones.

Overview

A mellow and fun 10-mile loop that starts and finishes at the Kings Park Shopping Center. The ride follows local bike and pedestrian paths along streets to weave together the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail and Lake Accotink Loop Trail.

Description

Park at Kings Park Shopping Center at Rolling Road and Braddock Road. Cross Rolling and head north to find the entrance to the Braddock Road Side Path between the brick buildings at the back of Lyngate Court.

Follow the bike path along Braddock Road to Olley Lane. On the right hand side of Olley, there is a narrow paved path (watch out for the hand rails, they can grab your handle bars if you're not paying attention.) Follow Olley north until you cross Long Branch Creek. The trailhead for Long Branch Stream Valley Trail is back in the woods about 30 feet.

Long Branch Stream Valley Trail will gradually descend, weaving along the creek and passing through a couple of local parks until you eventually reach Braddock Road. Head east on the Braddock Road Side Path across the bridge over Accotink Creek (against traffic). Immediately over the bridge, take a sharp left down a short connector to the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (CCT). Stay on this well-maintained trail all the way to Lake Accotink Loop Trail.

On the far side of the lake, continue straight past the sign directing back onto Lake Accotink Loop Trail (this is an asphalt switchback leading you into some town houses). The trail straight on, that passes the spillway is the Lake Accotink Access Trail, which will gradually climb until you pop out on Rolling Road. To switch things up, riders could travel along the Lake Accotink Loop Trail Singletrack for a fun alternative.

Follow the paved road after the Lake Accotink Access Trail and take a right to follow Rolling Road back to the start. Congratulate yourself with some frozen yogurt before you leave.

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Jason Fincher

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Photos

Fall Colors at Lake Accotink Dam. Lake Accotink Loop Trail below.
Jul 15, 2017 near Ravensw…, VA
Intersection of Lake Accotink Trail and Lake Accotink Access Trail.
Jul 21, 2017 near Kings Park, VA
The Lake Accotink Trail includes mile markers. This portion is doubletrack
Jul 21, 2017 near Ravensw…, VA
Playground access along the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Kings Park, VA
Right in the middle of the Long Branch Trail.
Jul 21, 2017 near Kings Park, VA
Access from Guinea Road.
Jul 21, 2017 near Kings Park, VA

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