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Summer Fun: Lake Accotink Park

Lake Accotink Park offers 493-acres of trails and a 55-acre lake, and it is located at 7500 Accotink Park Road. The park is open to the community for hiking, fishing, boating and picnicking..

The marina provides rowboats, peddle boats and canoes for a rental fee between $6-$12. The park also allows boaters to launch their own boats at the marina for a fee of $2. In addition, $2 tour boat rides are offered. Due to construction on the dam, water sports are currently shut down until the end of June.

The dirt hiking trails wrap around the forested lake. Lindsey Cross, who goes on walks at the park, said she likes the lake trail because it is shaded from the sun. Because the trees shade the trail, it is a convenient place to exercise during the summer heat.

Bikes can be rented for $10 an hour or for $30 for half a day. The park provides helmets a well. Bike rental hours vary, but their hour listings are posted on the Lake Accotink Park, Fairfax County Park Authority Web site.

Equipped with a playground and picnic areas, the park provides several options for children. Adults and children can pay $1.50 to ride the colorful antique horse carousel with a view of the lake or choose to play a round of mini-golf at the Lucky Duck Miniature Golf Course. The nine-hole course costs $4 for adults and $3 for juniors and seniors.

Every Friday at 7:30 p.m., Lake Accotink Park hosts "Braddock Nights" free summer concerts. The concert series offers a variety of eclectic music including jazz, reggae, swing/blues, folk music and more. Community members can spread out on the lawn with picnics and lawn chairs to enjoy the music in a laid back setting. To find a list of the scheduled summer performances go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/accotink/events.htm.

The park also offers an assortment of classes for adults and children. Fly tying, boating and beading basics are just a few of the classes. Classes that focus on dog obedience and agility and puppy training are available as well. Class listings are posted on http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/accotink/events.htm.

<hdr15>Classes

<lst>Lake Accotink Park offers weeklong summer camps for children of all ages.

<cal1>Tuesday/July 6

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

Tennis Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 10.

<cal1>Monday/July 12

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

Geocaching Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 14.

History Adventure Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 7 to 14.

Tennis Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 10.

<cal1>Monday/July 19

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

Chess Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 5 to 14.

Doggone Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 14.

Geocaching Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 14.

Chess Camp at 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 14.

Fit and Fun Boot Camp at 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 14.

<cal1>Monday/July 26

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

Doggone Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 14.

Fit and Fun Boot Camp at 1 p.m. for ages 10 to 14.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 2

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 9

<cal2>Lakeside Nature Fun Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 14.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 2

<cal2>Eco-Trekker Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 8 to 14.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 23

<cal2>Abrakadoodle Pirate Art Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 12.

<cal1>Monday/Aug. 30

<cal2>Chess Camp at 9 a.m. for ages 5 to 14.