Fun Things to Do at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield VA

Updated on February 6, 2024 by Julie McCool

With plentiful free parking and proximity to the beltway, Lake Accotink Park is a pretty spot to spend a day in Northern Virginia. Popular activities at Lake Accotink include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, picnicking, bird-watching, or just lazing by the water. Plus, a seasonal carousel and mini-golf course make this one of the best Northern Virginia parks for kids.

Lake Accotink Park in Springfield VA is the middle child of the Fairfax County lake parks—smaller than popular Burke Lake, not as active as Lake Fairfax, but with a charm all its own. The 55-acre lake stretches from a dam at the park's southern end to marshes and the Accotink Stream Valley to the north.

Disclosure: This article may contain affiliate links. We will make a small commission from these links if you order something, at no additional cost to you.

Read on for tips and details on the best things to do at Lake Accotink Park. You'll also find photos and links to park resources and Lake Accotink trail maps.

Hiking at Lake Accotink Park

A 4-mile loop trail circles Lake Accotink and part of Accotink Creek. The Lake Accotink Loop Trail includes part of the Fairfax Cross County Trail (CCT) and is popular with hikers, dog walkers, and cyclists.

The hike around Lake Accotink is mostly easy with a few short steep sections. The trail surface is dirt and stonedust with paved sections at the northern end. Bicycles and leashed dogs are allowed on the trail and throughout the park.

Lake Accotink Trail Map in Springfield Virginia
Lake Accotink Trail Map

The full Lake Accotink loop includes a short section where you exit the park onto Danbury Forest Road and then reenter the park. Other than the neighborhood section, the trail is wooded and scenic.

If you don't want to cover the full 4-mile loop, focus on the eastern side of the lake.  The trail here is part of the CCT and hugs closer to the shore with some nice viewpoints. Trees keep most of the trail shady in summer while views of the lake are more open in winter.

Winter View of Lake Accotink in Northern Virginia
Winter View Lake Accotink Park

There are several places to access the trail but we recommend parking near the marina. From here you can cross the wooden footbridge on the eastern side of the lake to hike the loop counter-clockwise. Alternatively, cross below the dam and up the west side of the lake to hike clockwise.

The entire Lake Accotink Trail is open to cyclists. Don't have a bike? You can rent bikes at the park for $10 per hour, and $5 for additional bikes. Bike rentals are open seasonally from late March to November, whenever the marina is open.

Biking the Lake Accotink Trail in Springfield VA
Biking Lake Accotink Trail

Boating at Lake Accotink Park

If you're looking for a more relaxing activity, you should try the sparkly awesomeness of the Accotink paddle boats. For only $15.00 for 2, or $26 for 4, you can paddle the lake for an hour in shiny, kitschy comfort.

The Lake Accotink Marina also offers single and tandem kayaks ($12/$17 per hour). Or you can bring your own boat and use the park launch for $6.

Stand-up Paddleboards (SUPs), windsurfing, and gas-powered boats are not allowed at Lake Accotink.

Lake Accotink paddle boats
Lake Accotink sparkly paddle boats

Can you Swim at Lake Accotink Park?

No, unfortunately swimming and wading are not allowed at Lake Accotink. In fact, swimming is also prohibited at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax, the other Fairfax County lakefront parks.

Lake Accotink Park
Lake Accotink Park

Poor water quality and a silty bottom with fishing and other debris make the lake hazardous for human contact. This is also why paddleboarding is prohibited at Fairfax County lakes.

Kid's Activities at Lake Accotink Park

Lake Accotink Carousel and Mini-golf Course
Lake Accotink Carousel

In addition to hiking, biking, and boating, visitors to Lake Accotink Park can fish, picnic, and play. Seasonal activities from April through October include:

  • A refurbished antique carousel
  • A 9-hole mini-golf course
  • Multiple picnic areas and shelters that can be reserved for groups
  • A new playground with a big climbing tower opened in November 2023

There are restrooms and a seasonal snack bar near the marina.

Lake Accotink Park Essentials

Lake Accotink Park is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road in Springfield, Virginia. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Admission to Lake Accotink is free and there is ample free parking.

Find the latest information on park events and the latest alerts on the Fairfax County park website or call 703-569-3464. You can also find more information on the Friends of Lake Accotink Facebook page.

Location Tip: GPS maps may send you to a smaller parking area on Heming Ave. Our map link shows the larger parking area near the train trestle, dam, and marina. Look for the intersection of Accotink Park Road and Highland Street then follow the signs.

View from the Dam at Lake Accotink Park of the Train Trestle and Paved Trail
View from Lake Accotink Dam

Whether you stop in for a quick visit or spend the day hiking, fishing, and playing Lake Accotink Park is a great resource for outdoor fun in Northern Virginia.

Follow Fun in Fairfax VA on FacebookPinterestInstagram | Threads | Twitter