Everything I said last year about the Engineer Proving Ground changing hands to the County is OBE (Overtaken By Events). The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process identified the EPG as prime re-development space for Army expansion. So, instead of becoming park land, the EPG is about to become home to a number of highly secure installations. As of now, Feb 06, the EPG is in a mostly abandoned condition, but some time this year the fences will go up. Get those quasi-legal runs in while you can; these may be the last in our lifetimes.
If you do run the creek, stay away from the section below Telegraph Rd, near the airfield. That is a very sensitive area, and the MPs will hunt you down.
The Engineer Proving Ground is still in Army hands, but the whole EPG is slated for conveyance from the Army to Fairfax County for development as soon as they finish removing the unexploded ordnance on the site. VDOT is finishing up plans for extending the Fairfax County Parkway across a portion of the EPG, with a new bridge over Accotink
So, while there has been no formal relaxation of restrictions on boating the creek, it appears that the EPG may be open in fact. I have driven in on Cissna Road from Backlick Rd. to the bridge several times recently and have not been challenged. The reach below Telegraph Road, inside the base near the airfield, is still very much closed.
The stretch through the EPG has nice ledges and boulder garden drops in a miniature canyon. It could be a great Falls Line run if the access issues are cleared up.
P.S. The photos of the waterfall above are on the wrong page. That's Scott Run.
Ed Evangelidi testifies:
A rough gauge for running this creek would be Goose Creek at Leesburg @ 3Ã¯Â¿Â½ or look at the rapids behind home plate just south of Little River Turnpike & I-495 or the rapid at the base of Lake Accotink Dam. Either rapid should be cleanly runnable.
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Accotink Longitudinal Profile
Geezers at the Put-in
Graffiti on the I-95 Bridge
Boulder drop on the Accotink
Another typical drop in the EPG
Accotink Creek in the Engineer Proving Ground
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