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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, $10/veh.) leads to the Ranger Station, camp store, & Nature Center, miniature train, carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, open fields, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, amphitheater, miniature golf course, camp grounds, miles of trails, and marina. Nominal fees are required for boat rentals, camping, carousel, train and other activities. The southmost Ox Rd entrance is to a second, public boat launch/ramp. A 4.68mi trail surrounds the lake starting at the marina parking lot, crossing both launch ramps, and most of the activity areas.
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174 reviews
  • We came here to ride the carousel, being carousel enthusiasts. What makes this carousel unique is the frame, one of the few King Amusements Co. frames still in existence. I suspect the original horses...  more »
  • This is a quiet place with hand made lake and planted fish. You can rent boats ( row, canoe, row with motor, paddle) for a cheap price and try your luck with fishing or just enjoy the lake. No swimmin...  more »
  • The miniature train is costlier tha the ones at cabin john park and Wheaton Regional Park. but its good. the ice cream parlor with lot of good reviews is not worth it.  more »
  • One of Fairfax County's best parks for sure. The Virginia Dept of game owns and governs the lake so be sure to educate yourself on fishing laws etc. The park is always on top condition, picnic areas are clean, have grills and have picnic tables. Plenty of shade for hot summer days they even have a Hershey's ice cream shop near the merry-go-round and miniature train. Disc golf, boat rentals, top ten rated almost 6 mile walking trail and so much more to do here. You can't go wrong. If you are a non Fairfax resident prepare to pay a 10$ fee at the gate on the weekends.
  • Good location, enjoyable lake. Great trail circling the large lake. Just be sure to at least wear tennis shoes, as the walk is too long for flip-flops. The camping looks reasonable and might be a great place for families who want to get out, but not go too far. If I remember correctly, and my memory is not the best, they have a frisbee golf course.
  • Burke Lake is a Fairfax County gem. Whether you are looking for a great place to run/hike/walk, to picnic with family and friends, play miniature golf, ride the train or merry go round, camp overnight, fish, hit balls at the driving range or play the park 3 course, Burke Lake has it all. If you're lucky you might even see a bald eagle.
  • Fantastic all in one Park. Bike riding, fishing, canoe or boat rental, frisbee golf. And you have the golf course with new driving range within walking distance. Entry to Park is free for Fairfax County residents, otherwise nominal charge. Also has miniature train ride for young ones. Lots of picnic areas including covered pavilions you can reserve for large gatherings.
  • Awesome local spot. Great for beginners camping, disc golf, walking/running, picnics, canoeing, and so much more. Definitely worth a visit. Great place to bring kids.

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