Lake Fairfax Park, Reston

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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 facility, 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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  • Trails are well used by both cyclists and hikers. There are a few signs along the trail like I've posted, but no color coding, nothing says which path you are on. The junctions were a little confusing, but I managed well enough. It is a good place for mountain biking. You can trail run most of it, but not all. There are a couple creek crossings where you can risk getting some wet feet. The boy scouts were camping near part of the trail. This perfect for them.
  • Lake Fairfax! A place to meditate. A family park in winter or summer! A place to go for a walk and enjoy nature. Or just simply relax!
  • Awesome bike trails fun with the kids. We had great time teacher the kids how to mountain bike the trailer we're good for them to learn on.
  • The skate park is awesome for all skill levels and has lights until 9pm year round. A local favorite amongst skaters
  • Great park that has 'The Water mine'. Large public swimming pool with lazy river and several water slides. Wait can get insanely long in the summer seasons so get there early when they open.
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