ACCOTINK - Trail, Fairfax, Virginia

ACCOTINK - Trail, Fairfax, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

the best tails in Fairfax, if they close Wakefield to MTB this will be the only Park left.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 07, 2014]
SBundlez
Cross Country Rider

Very fun trail. Starts off with a fast downhill, has a lot of turns, and not too steep uphills. It has some scary parts to it for beginners where you will be on the side of a steep mountain, but still very exciting.

Customer Service

i don't think there's more than 2

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 08, 2011]
one incredible donkey
Weekend Warrior

Accotink is a deceptively challenging trail network. There are very few flat spots on the trail - you'll either be pointing down hill or up hill. And while the hills are short, they are steep and fairly technical. Many have off-camber roots and some rocky sections. There are several log piles to get over, which will cause new riders to dismount.





Customer Service

There are no established routes. Every time I ride here it's a different way. But thankfully it's really impossible to get lost. If you hit the railroad tracks, head away from them and downhill to get to the cross-county trail (the gravel path).

I recommend parking at Wakefield and riding to Accotink. When you enter Wakefield, park in the first lot on the left. When on the bike and in the parking lot, follow it down to the left, near the baseball fields. Look for the gravel path and get on it. You'll then come to a T intersection. Take a left at this intersection. You'll come to another T intersection where there is a bench and a small announcement board. Take a right here. You'll cross a bridge and then another T intersection. Go left at this intersection. You'll go up a steep, winding concrete path which dumps you out on Danbury Forest Dr(?). Go up the hill on the street, and then down the hill. You dead end into a playground area.

Take a right at the playground, and then left natural trail surface. From here the route is up to you.

Similar Products Used:

You know em all.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 27, 2010]
Karl
Downhiller

Im not a super experienced rider but this is a fun set of trails. There are some pretty intesnse down hills and enough track to keep you occupied for quite a while. Im still amazed how much acerage is back there in a fairly urbanized area. Certainly worth the while & a staple if you live anywhere remotely close.

Customer Service

495 to Braddock Rd. West.(.25 mile)Turn right into Wakefield Park and park at the lot on the left. Start out riding (on the trail not road) back towards Braddock Rd. There's a tunnel going under Braddock. Take this flat path for about 3 miles. You can park closer to Accotink but this provides a nice warm-up and is closer to where I live. Continue on looping around the lake and go up the steep paved path into the woods. Proceed to rock out..Theres more trais than there appears at first glance.

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead! Coltsneck/Micheal Faraday/Lafe Fairfax

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 31, 2009]
fesch
Weekend Warrior

Lots of short trails, many with logs for hopping. The trail that parallels the railroad track is the most aerobic with lots of short steep ups and downs and exposed roots. Trails near the old rail bed path that goes between the lake and Rolling Road are generally easier and have plenty of logs. Trails near the gas plant tend to be short and end up on the gas plant/substation access road. You can access almost all the trails from the old rail bed path. Accotink is narrow so you can't get get lost, misquotes can be brutal in warm weather, trails are not well marked and trails can get hidden by leaf litter after Thanksgiving. Accotink is a fine complement to Wakefield and it's less groomed brother.

Customer Service

Start by the playground in Danbury Forest, the paved path leads to the old rail bed path. On the other side of the rail bed path is a trail head with a sign saying boy scouts maintain the trail. Follow this trail, and just before you get to a small fire road take a left. This trail leads to a few switch backs and several log piles, go fast enough so that you can zoom up the other side of the ravine. Once you hit another trail, if you turn right and keep turning right every time trails cross, you should end up on the fire road near the entrance to the boy scout trail. If you turn left somewhere along the way head toward the rail road and try that trail.

If you want to ride the railroad trail, I suggest starting from the pedestrian bridge that goes to Carlie Way and ride toward the gas plant.

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Wakefield is Accotinks well groomed brother. They are linked by an underpass that the CCT also uses.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 02, 2008]
Trizz
Weekend Warrior

Grouping Wakefield and Accotink into a single trail network is a bit misleading in my opinion. While the trails at Wakefield have seen massive (and professional) improvements over the past decade, Accotink remains basically the same as when I rode there pre-2000. In truth the two systems are diametrically opposed. Wakefield is all about law and order. . . follow the trail the right way, be respectful of conditions, leave your tools at home THEN you can haul ass.

Accotink shrugs its shoulders and greets you with an apathetic "whatever" attitude.

The trails at Accotink have a more rural feeling (which is helped by the frequent train traffic). The roots are more exposed, the short steep climbs and quick descents require more concentration than the fast open flow of Wakefield. The mud is deeper, the poison ivy ivy-er and the bees Africanized, but if you miss the good old days of riding YOUR way and raising your fist to the very idea of directional arrows then maybe Accotink is the playground for you.

Just stay off the train tracks, and, even more dangerous, the main trail. Pedestrian traffic is second only to the Mall on the 4th of July.

Customer Service

Get on the main trail from Rolling road or the Backlick entrance then get off as quickly as possible because the hausfraus with jogging strollers have an axe to grind and you're just the whetstone they're looking for!

Similar Products Used:

All the usual suspects.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 08, 2008]
BRUISER-va.
Cross Country Rider

Great trail with some steep climbs. There are dirt jumps built on the power lines next to the rolling road entrance. The real fun is when you cross into Wakefield park from here via the cross county trail. Great well maintained single track with a berm section, and racetrack section on the Wakefield power lines. Just outside Wakefield park on the cross county trail you will find the 495 jumps. They are just off the CCT on the right (under little River Turnpike and they back up against Rt. 495). These jumps are MONSTERS. Beginner and advanced sections. Advanced are freakin silly, wear a helmet.

Customer Service

I ride in off little river turnpike and ride from the 495 jumps, through Wakefield park, across the cross county trail, and into lake acotink , finishing up at the jumps out on the power lines in the neighborhood.

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 19, 2008]
Jwiffle
Cross Country Rider

Can't believe no one has reviewed this trail in over 2 years! I haven't bothered to read all the reviews so far, so I'm just going to post.

Anyway, a fun system of trails. A little more technical than Wakefield, and a nice change. Some short steep drops and rolldowns can be found alongside the larger path. Home to the "airport drop" as my friends and I refer to it--hit it with enough speed and you launch off an 8 foot drop to flat. (Most simply roll down it). Probably 6-8 miles of singletrack, plenty of log hops, short climbs, rollers, roots, etc. Look for "mother tree" while you're there. It's off to the side of the trail--about a 2.5 foot diameter tree with log ramps up to it (a section is cut out next to the ramp so you can return to the trail after riding over-no place to actually go once over). A couple small dirt jumps, too, if you know where to look.

Customer Service

Most seem to prefer to park at Wakefield and ride the connector trail over, and it's often what we do. Sometimes, though, I'll drive in Queensbury and park in the back lot behind the pavilion.

Similar Products Used:

Wakefield is close by, Fountainhead is awesome. Conway Robinson is also not too far away.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 13, 2007]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

The trail is like others mention above. What most people don't know for all you riders looking to catch a little air time!

Customer Service

Ride from the entrance of the actual rec. center to a grvel road. This road looks like a service road for the park auth, but contains and walking bridge over Rt. 495. Follow this trails to new down hill and other challeging trails for Mtn. bikers. If you stay on the reccomended path fo approx. 2 miles you come to a street. follow it towards the little baseball field, then to the opening of a paved trail going under the over passes. At your first "non-marked" path at your right(once you have gone past all the over passes) you follow this little path to a awesome course with BIGG AIR JUMPS & BUMPS!!!!!......hit me up if you are intersted!!!!!!!!!!!!!all owed and maintained by the FAirfax County Park Auth>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ONLY FOR EXP. RIDERS!!!!!! THIS AREA CONTAINDS JUMPS WITH AIR AS HIGH AS 15-20 FEET. THE BEGGINER SECTION IS 5-8 FT. AIR POSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 21, 2005]
pcolon1
Cross Country Rider

Pretty good trail. Its marked Foxtrot and is actually on many other sites and published maps under that name. One pretty good jump into a little draw. You can hit other jumps on many of the logs. Some short decents that are worth while. A couple of short steep uphill sections that you just need to get in gear for. I've been riding this trail about 2 times a week for 4 months and I still find new sections of the trail. If you go to the park office the maps do not have the trail on it. Just ride around the lake until you see the trailhead.

Customer Service

Park at Wakefield. Take the trail on the southern part of the first parking lot to a multitrack trail. Head to the underpass under Braddock road and follow the trail around the lake clockwise. Follow the signs to the Marina. Go over the dam and up the steep hill. Head over a small bridge and you will see the end of the trail ahead. Go right. Head trough the cut and the trailhead will be on the left after a steep drop on your right. Go on the foxtrot trail, follow it back to the small brige. Head back the way you came. After you get to the underpass, keep left and head into Wakefield Park and hit the powerline trail. Then head back to the parking lot. The whole thing is about 7 or 8 miles. A great cross country ride if you can't leave fairfax county.

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead, Wakefield Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 27, 2005]
Drewdane
Weekend Warrior

This is a really nice ride when you can't make it to the outer 'burbs for a more technical experience. A lot of trailwork has been done since the last time someone posted a review, and as far as I know, most of the user conflicts are in the past as well. Accotink is now a compact network of nice, twisty, well-maintained singletrack for riders of almost all skill levels. No, you won't get your "Epic XC" workout here, and no, you won't get your Mountain Dew Freeride/DH Shredfest here either. it's just a fun, moderaely challenging MTB course. I'm giving it 5 chilis overall to help counter the outdated and biased ratings of the past, but in reality I'd give it 4 (even though it's not that hard, it really is a fun network of trails!)

Customer Service

Join a MORE evening ride, held several times per week year-round, weather permitting: (http://www.more-mtb.org/)

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead, Shaeffer Farm (in MD), Great Falls

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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