the location of the access road to the Camelot Pool parking area click here
for a link to Google Maps. For the location of the access road to the baseball
field next to Route 236 click here.
For the location of the connecting trail from Mockingbird Drive click here.
Part of this section of the Cross County Trail between Camelot
Drive and Route 236 is ideal for both walkers and bicyclist of all ages. It
is flat, hard surfaced, and has no at-grade road crossings. It is wheelchair
accessible at the ballfield at Accotink Parkway. The section between Route
236 and Mockingbird Drive utilizes Accotink Parkway for one block and is somewhat
rough for wheelchair use.
It is necessary to park on Camelot Dr. and use the Camelot
Pool parking lot access road to connect to the CCT at the northern end. The
Camelot Pool parking lot is next to the CCT and open to vehicles on weekends
but is privately owned by the Camelot Pool. It is possible to walk down the
short access road from Camelot Dr. at any time.
- (South) From the Camelot
Pool parking area turn left onto the trail next to Accotink Creek and walk
in the direction with the creek on your right and the parking area on your
(North) This section of the walk ends at the short trail connecting
the CCT to the Camelot Pool parking lot. Take the access road up the hill
to reach Camelot Drive. People wishing to continue to the next section of
the CCT should go straight on the current trail continuing to follow Accotink
Creek on the left.
- (South)(North) The trail crosses a bridge over
Accotink Creek. The pictures show damage to the railings caused by the June
2006 floods. The bridge is passable. Also shown is a family skipping stones
in the creek.
- (South) The trail turns right and follows I495
down to Route 236. There are trees lining both sides of the trail although
the right-of-way has been cut back making this section of the trail sunny.
Flooding has washed out the shoulder of the trail in parts creating drop-offs
of several inches.
(North) The trail turns left to leave I495.
- (South)(North) The trail crosses another bridge
over Accotink Creek. The railings on this bridge have also been damaged
by floodwaters. The bridge is passable. Pictures also show the bridge before
- (South)(North) The trail crosses a bridge over
Accotink Creek next to Route 236. The railings here have also been damaged
by floodwaters. The bridge is passable.
- (South) The trail passes under the Route 236
(North) The trail leaves the bridges carrying Route 236 overhead.
It then follows I495 going north. Sections of the trail have shoulders that
have washed out creating drop-offs of several inches.
- (South) The asphalt trail ends at the parking
lot of a baseball field on Accotink Parkway and Route 236. The trail follows
the outside of the fence at the edge of the baseball field. This area can
get wet and the paved access road to Accotink Parkway can serve as a slightly
longer detour. Bicyclists will be more comfortable using the access road
at all times.
(North) Turn left at the end of the access road to follow the paved
trail under Route 236.
- (South) It is necessary to walk on Accotink
Parkway for about one block as there is no separate trail here. Traffic
on that road is light.
(North) Walker should turn right upon reaching the baseball field
and walk on the outside of the fence. Bicyclist will be more comfortable
riding down to the park access road for a slightly longer detour. Walkers
may also prefer the detour under wet conditions.
- (South) The trail continues to follow the path
of Accotink Parkway at the end of that road. Stay on the stone trail as
it follows the creek on the left.
(North) The trail ends at Accotink Parkway. Follow that road for
about one block. Traffic on that road is light.
- (South)(North) A short pipe sticks up in the
middle of the trail presenting a possible safety hazard. Keep your eyes
on the trail.
- (South)(North) This section of the trail has
poor drainage but is passable. There is a stone surface here.
- (South) The trail turns right here to cross
a small side stream.
(North) The trail turns left after a short distance to continue following
- (South) The creek crossing marks the end of
this section of the trail. People wishing to go on to the next section should
cross the creek and turn left. The columns are too narrow for a comfortable
crossing but the creek is usually shallow here. There is a connection to
Mockingbird Drive here.
(North) This section of the walk starts from the creek crossing at
the end of the side trail at Mockingbird Drive and Woodlark Drive. The columns
across the creek are too narrow for a comfortable crossing but the creek
is usually shallow here. People coming from the previous section of the
trail should turn right to make the crossing. The trail goes only a short
distance before turning left to follow Accotink Creek.
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