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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  • One of the most diverse recreational areas in Fairfax County. A 4.6 mile well groomed path around the lake offers joggers, walkers and bikers a safe and challenging route for exercise and scenic beaut...  more »
  • It’s a great place to bring you chillins and other people and there is a lot to see and I love the shade.  more »
  • Fishing, boat rental (with electric motors at extra charge), canoeing, driving range, picnicking, exercise trails, biking paths, awesome train ride for the kids and more !!!  more »
  • We love Burke Lake Park! They offer a range of activities from golfing, mini-golf, a walking/running trail, a biking trail, volleyball, picnic areas, playgrounds, an amphitheater, and boating. We try to come out here to exercise on the running path during the warmer/sunnier days. The trail is a little short of 5 miles (4.5 or something like that), and it takes about an hour and 20 minutes to walk at a moderate place. The only thing is I wish that bikers had a different trail than runners/walkers. It is pet friendly!
  • Nice mostly flat trail around the lake that offers fitness stations, a 4.7m loop, shade from the sun for 90% of the trail. Kids love the miniature train ride with real train tracks, put-put and merry-go-round. In warmer months snack bar is open an has OK beverages snacks and ice cream. Definitely a nice park for locals, but not something I'd drive more than 25 minutes or so to go to.
  • My family loves Burke Lake Park. We are disc golfers. I am ok, and would consider the course an intermediate level at the short tees. My husband is much better and plays the long tees and says it's advanced. Only problem with the disc golf course is people cut through the course to get to the trail by the lake, causing lots of delays for the disc golfer. My favorite part is the 5 mile trail around the lake, which splits off in multiple directions into the neighborhoods close by. There are distance markers every half mile, and on one side has a fitness course. My kids (toddlers) love the fitness course! There are multiple parking lots to choose from: fitness courts, sanded volleyball courts, fishing area, halfway through the disc golf course, putt-putt & carousel/train area (main disc golf parking area), the boat launch, and at each playground and pavilion. There are 3 different playgrounds, plus at least one in the campground area, but we haven't camped yet, so I can't describe it. I submitted photos of the biggest playground area at the park. It's usually the most crowded, but it's also my kids' favorite. Next to this particular playground you will find bathrooms, 2 large pavilions, trash cans, a wooded area to run around, and an entrance to the trail. There is a driving range, golf course, and archery area too. Many things left to try, after the many visits. During the holidays there is a special deal for kids to meet santa which includes a train ride and hot chocolate. A friend told me of this, we have yet to try it ourselves. Overall, Burke is a winner, and even though it's a 15 mile drive, it's our first choice in the area.
  • It’s a gorgeous lake. The scenery is beautiful. It has different trails to walk around the lake and with really nice looking views. You can spot different animals on your trip here.
  • They always do good family actives. Did Halloween train previous year and thus visit was for Santa train. Kids liked train and carousel actives. They had hot chocolate and smores! Even got the standard baby crying while being held by Santa picture. Candle making was not as fun as it was named. Should have been named "Candle fishing where you dip in wax and then water 100 times to make a candle the size of a pencil". Would do everything but candle related activities.
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