Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This trail is doubletrack most of the way and has a mix of surfaces from sand and river rock to smooth dirt to rolling hills with lots of roots. The park does a good job of adding boardwalks where there are creeks and muddy areas.
A nice loop of the southeastern section of Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Need to Know
Civilian runners can get a daily or 90-day visitors pass at the Tulley Gate Visitors Center.
The sand and river rock are not my favorite trail running surfaces, but the rest was pretty good for running.
Starting at the Fort Belvoir Tulley Gate Visitors Center parking lot, head down the Beaver Pond Loop Trail
to the Accotink Creek and take the sandy trail left without crossing the creek. Follow the trail along the creek until you see the arched footbridge and take a left up that section of the Beaver Pond Loop Trail
until you see a sign for the Loop Trail
at the first right.
Take the lower section of the Loop Trail
to the Basin Trail
where your out-and-back starts. Just about halfway to the end of the trail is a spur trail marked Basin Overlook
where you get a better view of the bay. The Basin Trail
ends at a gravel parking lot and then you turn around and head back. On your way back, take the upper section of the Loop Trail
and Beaver Pond Loop Trail
by staying to the right as the trail forks.
Flora & Fauna
I saw some deer and raptors and there are certainly turtles and frogs along the creek.
Shared By: Dave Beck