Master Plan Revision at
Lake Accotink Park
Fairfax County Park Authority hosted a public meeting on March 14,
2016 at Cardinal Forest Elementary School to discuss the revision of
the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan. Thank you to those you came out
to add their voices to the decision process.
2016 OPERATING HOURS
Operating hours for carousel, bike rental, snack bar,
miniature golf and boat rentals.
May 7 - June 19
Sat., Sun., Holidays
11am - 8pm
June 24-August 26
Sat., Sun., Holidays
noon - 6pm
BOAT RENTALS FRI - SUN, HOLIDAYS
August 27 - October 16
Sat., Sun., Holidays
noon - 7pm
Picnic areas, playground, pavilions, trails and open play fields
are open daily year-round, 7 a.m. to dusk.
Except for first-come, first-serve picnic areas, advance
reservations and a permit are required for use of pavilions and
reservable picnic areas. Pavilions and reservable picnic areas
may be used without a reservation and permit only with the
express permission of park management.
Lake Accotink Park's 493 acres include a 55-acre lake, wetlands,
and streams offering unique views of waterfowl and marsh life.
Facilities and activities vary with the season and include bike rentals, canoe and pedal boat rentals, boat
launch, tour boat rides, fishing, nine-green
double-holed miniature golf course, antique
carousel, snack bar, pavilion shelters and
picnic areas with grills (some areas may be reserved, call
703-324-8732), restrooms, playground, sand volleyball court and
basketball court. Situated along the Cross County Trail, the park has
a four-mile loop, natural-surface hiking/biking
trail. Loop trail users please note: The trail section by the dam
frequently floods during rain events and there is no bypass.
Boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15 feet and kayaks
are allowed on the lake. Pay $2 launch fee at marina. Swimming,
windsurfing, paddleboarding and gas powered boat motors are
prohibited. Virginia State Fishing License required for fishing.
RIDES: Weekdays - $2 per person; Weekends - $3 per person
For years the 26-horse antique carousel has been a favorite of area
children. Built between 1937 and 1945, the carousel was purchased by
the Park Authority in 1978 from Fairhill Farm antiques. The horses
are handcarved and constructed out of wood and cast-aluminum.
The horses are painted in whimsical colors and designs
that appeal to children and adults alike. The carousel runs
every 30 minutes when the marina is open.
Bike and Boat Rentals
Bike the trails at Lake Accotink Park -- even if you didn’t
bring a bike! Rentals $10/hour and $5/hour for third or more bikes
rented during the same time period. Helmets provided. Available
during Marina hours. Bikes must be returned one hour before closing.
Driver’s license required for rental. Rental bikes are in adult sizes
Enjoy a relaxing tour of Lake Accotink. Our tour guides will educate
you about the area on your leisurely ride. It is a fun activity for
the whole family to wrap up your day here at the park. The
tourboat runs every hour, but is often reserved. Please call ahead to
see what times are available.
BOAT RENTALS: June 24-August 26, FRI
- SUN, HOLIDAYS ONLY
Canoe (1 hr.)
Pedal Boat (1 hr.)
Pedal Boat (1/2 hr.)
Kayak (1 hr.)
Tour Boat (under 2 yrs. free)
Small boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15 feet,
canoes, kayaks and rowboats are allowed on the lake.
Minimum age to rent a boat is 16 years. Photo ID must be furnished
for each boat rented
Lucky Duck Miniature Golf
Visit Lucky Duck
Birthday Party Package for details!
*Senior discounts apply to those
age 65 or older and
junior discounts apply to those 12 and under.
Weekends / Holidays
Juniors / Seniors*
25% off for mini-golf and carousel tickets only
$65.00 per hour + greens fees
Facility Address and Phone Number:
7500 Accotink Park Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Download Site Map of Picnic Areas and Marin
Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP)
Friends of Lake Accotink
Park or FLAP has formed. They work to preserve and protect our
park for generations to come. Support the park by joining this
volunteer organization. For information call, Julie Tahan at
703-569-0285 or email
Frequently Asked Questions
Facility Use, Reservations
time do the parks close?
Lake Accotink Park as well as all other parks close at dark with
the exception of lighted facilities. If you are inquiring about a
particular facility within a park, like a recreation center, you
may call them directly.
live trees removed from park land?
Live trees are sometimes removed from park land if, once
inspected by our Forestry Crew, it is determined that the tree
may pose a threat to the general public or adjacent structures.
I stop my neighbors from dumping or encroaching onto park
Please call the Lake Accotink Park Office at 703-569-0285 to
report any possible illegal dumping or encroaching onto park
land. The information will be forwarded to an inspector who will
check the area and take appropriate action. It may also require
the installation of a "No Dumping" sign. It is also
recommended that the area's neighborhood association include a
message in their newsletter informing their neighbors that
dumping and encroaching onto park land is illegal.
often is trash removed from the parks?
During the late Fall through early Spring trashcans are emptied
every Monday at Lake Accotink. If a Monday falls on a holiday,
the cans will be emptied on the following Tuesday. However,
during Spring and Summer seasons trashcans are emptied every day
or as necessary. If you notice full trashcans you can call the
park at 703-569-0285 to have them emptied.
remove firewood from the park?
No. It is illegal to remove anything from park land. Downed
trees and limbs are often left in an undeveloped area of a park
for animal shelter/habitat and recycled into the earth to provide
soil nutrients and to ensure reforestation.
golfing permitted in the parks?
Golfing is only permitted in designated golfing areas, such as
our golf courses and driving ranges. Golfing is prohibited in
other areas of the parks because it poses a danger to other
patrons and mowing equipment causing a potential liability to the
Park Authority. For more information on golfing opportunities at
Fairfax County Parks, please call Golf Enterprises at
dogs allowed to be off their leashes in the parks?
No. Citizens must comply with the Fairfax County Leash Law which
requires dogs to be on a leash at all times when in a public
space and the additional requirement of cleaning up after them.
The Park Authority posts signs accordingly. Enforcement is by
Fairfax County, Department of Animal Control at 703-830-3680. The
Park Authority currently has "Off-Leash" dog
areas at 5 different park sites.
park land in Fairfax County owned and operated by the Fairfax County
No. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority owns and
operates some of the larger parks, such as Bull Run, Occoquan and
Fountain Head. They may be reached by calling 703-352-5900. The
National Park Service also owns some land in Fairfax County. They
may be reached by calling 202-208-3100. Other park land is owned
by the state, and some is owned by towns, such as Vienna.
bring my own grill into a park?
We strongly discourage anyone from bringing their own grill into
a park. Most picnic areas have grills that you may use. However,
upon leaving the area, you are required to take your coals and
embers with you. Leaving or dumping your coals/embers in the park
of the parks have recycling centers?
Yes. The location of these centers often changes. For an updated
list of parks with recycling centers, you may call The Department
of Public Works, Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Division at