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.To visit Lake Fairfax Park and other attractions in Reston, use our Reston attractions tool .
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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 »
I liked the place here. I went camping here about a couple weeks ago. If you are camping on the campsite, you can ask the park rangers to unlock the bathrooms for you. If not, there are portable bathrooms. There weren't many mosquitoes, but that depends what time you go camping. In the middle, there is a skate park, and a giant field for doing random stuff. There are plenty of trails to go walking.
we stayed to nights in camping area, We enjoyed our stay. It was off season during Halloween festival. The boy scouts were also there. The park was large enough to accommodate all.
Camped here for one night with my dog in a regular tent camping spot. Unfortunately. It was a very busy weekend and I was given an interior camping spot, which was basically a small plot in a field with no trees and I was surrounded on all sides by families. They also have slightly more private spots along the outer loop. The bathhouse was very nice with full showers and running hot water. The staff was friendly. There isn't much scenery near the camping area, but the lake and other kid attractions are driving distance away at the front of the park. Campsite had a fire ring with a built in grill and a picnic table.
This park has it all: extensive hiking and biking trails; campground with updated bathhouse; lake stocked with fish; water park (with annual Pirate Day event); skate park; and, sports fields. Right in trendy Reston, this park is perfect for just about every outdoor recreation a person might want to participate in, and it's beautiful to boot.
Lots of varied activities. Bike paths and BMX track, swimming in season, ball fields. A very cool park.
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