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Nice doubletrack woodland trail with a couple of points looking out over the Accotink Creek and Bay.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

54' 16 m

High

5' 1 m

Low

74' 23 m

Up

74' 22 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Civilians must get a visitor's pass at Fort Belvoir's Tulley Gate Visitors Center. 90-day passes are available if you are going to hike regularly.

Need to Know

Public restrooms may be available in the visitor's center, but there are none on the trail.

Description

Starting at the Tulley Gate Visitor Center trailhead (in the corner of the parking lot), I used the Beaver Pond Connector and the Accotink Creek Trail to get out to the start of the McCarthy Loop Trail. I decided to take a counterclockwise route around the loop and to add in some connectors and overlook spur trails along the way. If I were to hike it again, I would probably skip the Cemetery Loop trail at the farthest point out, unless it was winter and the grass and foliage weren't quite as overgrown.

Most of the way up to the Cemetery Loop was wide doubletrack trail. I don't think this is a frequently used trail, so I carried a small branch in front of me to keep the spiderwebs out of my face. On the way back I followed the McCarthy Trail connector out to Poe Road and went back to the parking lot on the Wetland Trail.

Flora & Fauna

I saw plenty of birds, including a large woodpecker and a blue heron. I didn't see any deer or other wildlife on my hike, but I am sure they are out there given how secluded this area is.

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Dave Beck

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Photos

Looking out to the Accotink Bay
Sep 12, 2019 near Fort Be…, VA
View up the Accotink Creek from just off the McCathy Loop Trail
Sep 12, 2019 near Fort Be…, VA
Green Ribbon snake along the McCarty Loop
Sep 25, 2019 near Fort Be…, VA
There is not much to see here beyond the sign. The cemetery has no remaining headstones.
Sep 12, 2019 near Fort Be…, VA

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