2020 Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Accotink Creek Watershed
April and May



★ Due to covid19, the Board of Conservators of Friends of Accotink Creek has decided not to hold our usual spring stream cleanups, part of the annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. ★

But you can still GET YOUR BRAIN WET! We encourage everyone to "Pick a spot" for independent cleanup work this spring, then share what they have done on the Watch the Green Grow webpage and the Friends of Accotink Creek Facebook

Questions? CONTACT Friends of Accotink Creek


Three million tons of trash - what the Alice Ferguson Foundation has removed during annual Potomac Watershed Cleanups since 1989. We can't rest now - the litterbugs never rest!

Want to stop litter before it starts? A plastic bag may endure for centuries, but anti-plastic bag legislation has a typical lifespan of mere hours in the Virginia General Assembly. Read of the short, brave life of this year's bills, then contact your Virginia legislators to support putting a tax on disposable shopping bags. This makes the eighth year running similar bills have been tabled in committee without action, but let your legislators know anyway!

See how others contributed to last year's cleanup.

 ♫ Learn the cleanup anthem! ♫

H2O!
Oh no, you didn't
Throw that on the ground!
Oh no, you didn't
Leave your trash around!
I know you didn't
Dirty up the street!
So check yourself and listen to our beat.
Beer bottles, gum wrappers, soda, old shoes,
Leaving things around makes you all fools!
Litter adds up piece by piece.
It's up to us to give Potomac some relief!
It's up to us to give Potomac some relief!

When you live underwater, no one can hear you SCREAM!
We must listen for those screams from the water and repeat them LOUDLY!


Directions to Accotink Creek Watershed
Fairfax County, VA Cleanup Sites

 Accotink Creek at Barkley Dr: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about two miles and turn left on Barkley Drive, take first left onto Karen Drive. Parking on Karen Drive, continue south on Barkley on foot 60 yds to creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Braddock Road: From I-495 take Exit 5 onto Braddock Road (620) west, take first right into Wakefield Park (Audrey Moore Rec Center), turn left into ballfield parking lot. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Rd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, go about one mile and turn left onto Kenmore Drive. At end of street turn right on University Drive. Immediately turn left on Layton Hall Drive. Meet at this intersection. Parking on Layton Hall Drive. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, turn left at 2nd light onto Fairfax Blvd/Lee Hwy (29/50), go about one mile and turn left at Rebel Run into Ashley Furniture/P.J. Skidoo parking lot. This is where we will meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Franconia - Springfield Parkway: From I-95 take Exit 169 onto Old Keene Mill Road (644) west, go about 1.5 miles and turn left onto Hunter Village Drive. Go about 1 mile. Park on road by Rockledge Ct and meet there. Access is the trail on left down hill to Accotink creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road: From I-95 take Exit 167 onto Backlick Road, first right on Fullerton Road. Go about .75 mile, turn left onto Boston Blvd, first left into Costco and left again, passing the front entrance. Parking in far corner of Costco lot by tire shop is where we will meet. Access creek from corner of Costco lot next to tire shop. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, after first light immediately turn right on King Arthur Road, go about .5 mile to bridge. Park on King Arthur Road and meet near the bridge/ trailhead. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy: From I-66 take Exit 62 onto Nutley Street (243) south, at end of Nutley turn right on Arlington Blvd (50), go about .75 miles to Fairfax Circle and turn left on Old Lee Hwy. Parking near bridge, across the street from Arties/Bowl America (near Home Depot lot), is where we meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Little River Turnpike: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, take first left at Pineridge Drive, immediately turn left again on Accotink Pkwy to Americana Park on left. Parking in Americana Park near Delayed Harvest Trout Waters sign. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Pickett Rd: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about three miles and turn left on Pickett Road, then take first left into Thaiss Park. Meet at CCT trail head Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road: From I-95 take Exit 166A onto Fairfax county Pkwy (7100) south, go about one mile and turn right on Telegraph Road (611), go about .75 mile and turn right on Telegraph Square Drive and right into parking lot alongside Telegraph Road. Meet at far end of the parking lot nearest to bridge. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Woodburn Rd: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, go about two miles and turn right on Woodburn Road (before Exxon station), bear right past fire station. Continue north on Woodburn. Parking available on Spicewood Dr. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Lake Accotink Park:
To front entrance - 7500 Accotink Park Road
From I-95 take Old Keene Mill Road (VA-644 west one mile. Right on Hanover Avenue. Left on Highland Street. Right on Accotink Park Road. Park entrance is first left. Follow park road one mile to parking lot by dam. Parking is limited ahead - park at the dam and continue walking along the road to the marina.
To back entrance - 5660 Heming Avenue
From I-495 Take exit 54B (Braddock Road/East) Go 1/2 mile. Right on Heming Avenue. Continue 1 1/2 miles to park entrance on right. From parking area continue walking ahead down the hill to the marina.
Lake Accotink personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions