“A 10-mile loop through Burke that hits Long Branch Stream Valley Trail and Lake Accotink Loop Trail.
— Jason Fincher
Most of this is very tame and family friendly. As a whole, it might be a bit long for little ones.
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.