Lake Fairfax Park, Reston

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#5 of 6 in Nature in Fairfax County
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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  • Have always enjoyed going to this particular park with family and friends By The Way. There is a lot things to see and do. Staff is very friendly, helpful and informative indeed By The Way.  more »
  • Lake Fairfax Park has a pretty good set of single track mountain bike trails. They are generally well maintained. I don't know exactly how many loops there are, but I have ridden at least three of the...  more »
  • Great place for a hike and a picnic Easy parking, plenty of dosce for s picnic and the trails were perfect for young children  more »
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  • Nice park but has some construction going on in several areas. Parking can be right for game fields areas when games are on. Bit of a drive to go back to the visitor's center for indoor bathrooms. Visitor's center is behind a sandstone brick wall but help desk lady is nice. Bathrooms are clean.
  • Great water park! A variety of picnic areas. Very nice campground with excellent facilities. We will definitely come back again.
  • I rate this 10 Stars if they had it๐Ÿ‘ fun spot for a family and children safe water park my kids loved it and would love to come back again.
  • Great park with numerous picnic areas, a Water Park for the kids, fishing, soccer fields, a skate board park and most uniquely Cricket Fields. After watch the latter, I still don't understand, but it was fun to watch. Seems to be regular "matches" on Saturday mornings.
  • Nice park. Awesome mountain bike trails. Glad it's close by.

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