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Accotink Creek
Image of Accotink Creek
Cycling trail over Accotink Creek
Location of Accotink Creek mouth
Location of Accotink Creek mouth
Location of Accotink Creek mouth
Location of Accotink Creek mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Potomac River
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fairfax
City Fairfax
Physical characteristics
Main source Difficult Run divide
Cobbdale, Virginia
360 ft (110 m)
River mouth Potomac River (Accotink Bay)
Fort Belvior Military Reservation
0 ft (0 m)
Length 23.86 mi (38.40 km)
Basin features
Progression southeast
River system Potomac River
Basin size 52.83 square miles (136.8 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Bear Run
    Long Branch
    Flag Run
    Calomo Branch
    Field Lark Branch
    Long Branch
  • Right:
    Crock Branch
    Turkey Run
    Long Branch
Waterbodies Lake Accotink
Bridges Hill Street, Scott Drive, Warwick Avenue, US 29, Keith Avenue, Rust Hill Place, Chain Bridge Road, University Drive, US 50 (x2), Old Lee Hwy, Pickett Road, Barkley Drive, Prosperity Avenue, Woodburn Road, King Arthur Road, Accotink Drive, VA 236, VA 620, Old Keene Mill Road, VA 289, Hooes Road, Barta Road, VA 286, Fullerton Road, I-95, Telegraph Road, Ehlers Road, John J. Kingman Road, US 1, Poe Road

Accotink Creek is a 25.0-mile-long (40.2 km) tributary stream of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the United States. At Springfield, Virginia, Accotink Creek is dammed to create Lake Accotink. The stream empties into the Potomac at Gunston Cove's Accotink Bay, to the west of Fort Belvoir.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Accotonck Creek
  • Main Branch

Course

Accotink Creek rises on the Difficult Run in Fairfax County, Virginia. Accotink Creek then flows southeast to meet the Potomac River in Accotink Bay at Fort Belvoir Military Reservation.

Watershed

Accotink Creek drains 52.82 square miles (136.8 km2) of area, receives about 43.7 in/year of precipitation, has a topographic wetness index of 436.37 and is about 22.5% forested.

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Course of Accotink Creek (Potomac River tributary)
Course of Accotink Creek (Potomac River tributary)
Watershed of Accotink Creek (Potomac River tributary)
Watershed of Accotink Creek (Potomac River tributary)
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