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Lake Fairfax Park, Reston

(4.2/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
Lake Fairfax Park is a park in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA owned and maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Contained within the park is the 18acre Lake Fairfax. The park also offers a waterpark, carousel, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, playground and more.The park has also played host to music festivals, including Lollapalooza and The HFStival.The Water MineThe Water Mine is a waterpark contained within Lake Fairfax Park which has over an acre of water play activities surrounded by a lazy river called Rattlesnake River with a 2.5mph current.HistoryLake Fairfax was originally developed as a private recreation facility in the late 1950s - early 1960s by local developer and entrepreneur Mack Slye "Jack" Crippen Jr..In 1965, James S. Mott and his wife Marguerite were denied entry to the park because they were black. Mott sued Lake Fairfax under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Lake Fairfax was enjoined from refusing entry to people on account of their race.At the end of 1965, the Fairfax County Park Authority expressed interest in purchasing the facilty, and Crippen sold Lake Fairfax to the authority in 1966 for $1.7 million.
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  • Big (476 acres) park next to Reston with plenty of well-shaded picnic tables and grills. One of few places in the area with camping sites. Kids like to play in the water park and in lake and creeks. N...  more »
  • It is nice to have a nearby park for walking and just enjoying nature this time of year. We are constantly amazed that so close to the hustle I'd D.C. That we can find some places to just relax and se...  more »
  • The most obvious thing in Lake Fairfax is the Water Mine water park. This review isn't ov that as I've only seen it from the outside. Lake Fairfax park is a great recreation spot. There are fishing, c...  more »
  • Great and well maintained mountain biking!! Also looks like a popular place for family reunions.
  • Have used this park for many troop camps. It is very large and beautiful. Many things to do and adequate facilities. The more people use the facilities the dirtier it gets. The staff do their best to keep grounds maintained.
  • We've stayed at the campground for four nights with an RV. The campground lies on a hill, the atmosphere and tranquility is perfect. But: if a park does not offer water connections at the sites, I expect perfectly clean bathhouses. Instead, the cleaning was superficial, and the bathhouses became really filthy throughout the day. The staff was not particularly helpful when we asked about how to get to the city centre of Washington.
  • There's so much to review, it's hard to know where to start. Lake Fairfax is a huge year-round, dawn to dusk recreation area with cricket and soccer fields, campgrounds, RV park, picturesque picnic areas, playground, trails and a skatepark. The area also has a gorgeous Fairfax County water park that I've reviewed separately. The trails are excellent for hikes and mountain biking, with constant changes in elevation on the side of the mountain. The campgrounds, in contrast, are just adequate - some of the spaces are rocky and uneven, and the bathroom facilities are not well-maintained and are pretty gross. There's no swimming in the lake, but paddle boats are available for rental. The picnic areas are gorgeous, with plenty of shade and a dozen or more tables. A shallow creek runs through the area, perfect for little adventurers and nature explorers. There is only one small playground, unshaded, that's geared toward younger children. In sum, there's lots to do here, depending on what you're looking for. Most people come to mountain bike, hike, picnic, and play sports. It's a lovely jewel in western Fairfax county!
  • A very nice local park with a lake and a huge water park. Very well maintained and clean