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Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

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Burke Lake Park is a public park located in Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. It encompasses Burke Lake. The Fairfax County public park is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). It was built on land that was purchased by the federal government in the 1950s for an international airport, before the site of Dulles Airport was chosen as a replacement.Many activities and facilities are offered by the park. The Golf Club (at the north entrance on Ox Rd) includes an 18-hole par 3 golf course, a driving range, and a clubhouse with snack bar. The main (middle entrance, $10/veh.) leads to the Ranger Station, camp store, & Nature Center, miniature train, carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, open fields, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, amphitheater, miniature golf course, camp grounds, miles of trails, and marina. Nominal fees are required for boat rentals, camping, carousel, train and other activities. The southmost Ox Rd entrance is to a second, public boat launch/ramp. A 4.68mi trail surrounds the lake starting at the marina parking lot, crossing both launch ramps, and most of the activity areas.
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  • If you are a resident of the county and you have young children or grandchildren, then I don't know why you wouldn't spend several hours at the Burke Lake Park. If you are local, entry is free. If you...  more »
  • Beautiful location for a family picnic! Free entry to Fairfax County residents--others $10. Beautiful lake with 5.0 mile trail all around--can also bike or run it. Area is well maintained and has a ch...  more »
  • This is a nice park, but on pretty days the trail is too crowded compared to many other fairfax county parks. I choose to walk in solitude so walking among exercisers, bikers, dog walkers is not for m...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite parks in Fairfax county because of its amenities for kids. In the warm months the carousel and train run. The train is a big enough for parents to ride too and runs on a track that goes through some pretty parts of the park. For a few bucks you get a 10 minute ride. There's an ice cream parlour, manifold, frisbee golf. There are numerous playgrounds and picnic shelters and bathrooms. There's a beautiful trail around the lake and a couple boat launches. There are also camp sites for tents and RVs but I've never used them. I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. It's free for Fairfax co residents and sometimes they charge if you live out of county, but it doesn't seem consistent.
  • It's a great park outside of DC. It has a great trail, campgrounds, and boat rentals. On the trail there are exercise stations to add to your walk around the lake. The campground is good with a campstore to get a few things you might need. They offer boat rentals at a reasonable price. It's a great place to go and experience what it has to offer.
  • 4.7 mile trail! Very fun, lots to do. Went for a walk with my son and friend, once you start the trail, there is no turning back!! Lots of friendly faces and dogs. Great place to spend time with the family or a loved one or four legged friend.
  • Burke Lake Park has something for everyone...a scenic fishing lake, trails for runners, walkers, bikers...playgrounds and picnicking, a train, a carousel, an ice cream shop, mini-golf and a Frisbee golf course. It's a beautiful park that takes you away from the hustle and bustle! Totally family-friendly atmosphere. (It does tend to get crowded on beautiful days but there is more than enough space for everyone.) It is open year round...FREE to county residents & fee for visitors.
  • Definitely a must-visit! This is a lovely (huge!!) Fairfax County regional park, free for county residents and a weekend-only $10 fee per car for non-county residents. It has a pay-to-ride carousel, train, and mini-golf course (you can purchase tickets for the train and carousel starting around 10:45 am). There are several free playgrounds - the one next to the train/carousel is completely shaded but a little tall for young children. The playground next to Shelter A is the largest and nicest, plus it's right next to restroom facilities. There is plenty of available parking. There are miles of wooded hiking trails and a "fitness course" that follow the lakefront. No swimming, no beach, but the lake is lovely and allows motorized boat access. The mini-golf is very nice and has some shade - the greens look brand new and the landscaping is lovely and includes a waterfall and a creek running through the mini course.