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Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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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  • The park is a nice wooded spot in the midst of suburbia. There's a nice hiking/biking trail of about 5 miles around the lake. Don't leave valuable in your car - there have been many incidents of smash...  read more »
  • This area offers so many things during the he summer. From fishing to renting kayaks and a long trail that circles the water! Walking or running the trail is lots of fun and people are very nice. Only...  read more »
  • A large county park located between the Fairfax County Parkway and VA 123 adjacent to Burke Lake Rd. The lake is open to fishing, canoeing, etc. There are trails for walking or running and ample areas...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit. A trail goes around the whole lake. Good camping spots. Fun little train for kids, expensive if not a Fairfax county resident.
  • 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.
  • Great local park. Beautifully maintained. The fitness path is great, but can get a little crowded. Great place to walk your dog!
  • It's definitely a great park to go to in the summers. Sunny or not there's plenty of shade for you to go run in. This park has over 888 acres of land and there's a bunch of things that you can do here: Free for Fairfax Residents / $10 none residents - Kayak - Fishing - Camping - Run on the trail (4.6mi around the lake) - Amphitheatre - Miniature Train - Picnic Area (With grills) - Golf - Horse Shoe Pits - Outdoor Volleyball - Ice Cream Parlor - Playgrounds - Oh did I mention PokeStops?! :) Bring your kids, they'll love it.
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