September 4, 2016
The trails here at Accotink are a little more rooty and rocky than at Wakefield, but if you are into that then you are in luck! The whole point of Accotink is to get a little lost and explore rather than always staying on the main gravel path. There are a lot of little features in the system that are actually pretty technical if you are going fast. I HIGHLY recommend starting on the far side of the park (towards this railroad chemical tank center thing) rather than at the top of the dam. By starting at the far side, the trail will be slightly more downhill primary going towards the marina overall.
In terms of trail conditions: With heavy rain, its best to wait 3 days for the trail to dry, but the trail is rideable after only 2 days if the humidity is low. Vegetation is a double edged sword: The trails are very shaded, so you can stay cool-ish with temperatures in upper 80's with humidity. However in many areas of the trail, it is pretty common to have your legs being slapped by poison ivy and other thorny vines - which is very annoying especially when you pick a line where getting hit by poison ivy is unavoidable.
Overall, the Lake Accotink area is like the Yang to Wakefield's Yin. It feels more raw and technical than Wakefield, and there are a lot less people and events at Accotink than at Wakefield. As a more Intermediate/Advanced rider myself, I kinda feel like Wakefield is more of a warm up area for me, whereas Accotink is a place where I go to grow my skills. Soo, yeah. That's just my two cents. :P