Growing I couldn't wait to pull out my trusty Schwinn and ride from my house in Springfield VA to Lake Accotink Park to spend a few hours exploring the paths throughout the park. Our family would enjoy a Sunday picnic on the grounds in the summer, my dad fished during trout season and we ice skated on the stream below the dam in the winter.
When my children were growing up the tradition continued with bike rides around the 3.75 mile path that loops around the lake and through the woods. From our homes in Kings Park or later Charlestown we could also walk to the park and rent a canoe or paddle boat to spend a few hours on the 55 acre lake. Now my children go to the park with their children to ride the carousel.
Every year Lake Accotink Park stocks the lake for trout fishing (VA fishing license required), hosts the annual cardboard boat regatta and provides a place to enjoy a picnic, rent a boat or treat children to a ride on the carousel. Many people don't realize that the small and rather unassuming carousel in the park is the oldest carousel in operation in Fairfax County.
Today after 45+ years the park managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority is still offering Springfield families a place to enjoy a large expansive of green space free of charge. With a education center you can stop by and learn more about the wildlife that inhabits the park and use it as a starting point for the revitalized path that connections the park to the Daventry neighborhood.
If you are looking for a place to spin the wheels on your trusty Schwinn then check out Lake Accotink Park. It is a park that our family has enjoyed from when it first opened in 1965 and continues to enjoy today.
If you are interested in buying a home with access to the park give the Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213. No hassle, no pressure, just straight talk about whether buying a home in today's market is the right choice for you.
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