"The 5-mile trail that loops around Burke Lake is well maintained and offers one of the most scenic hikes in the area, with panoramic views all along the trail. The 218-acre man-made lake was built on land in Fairfax County, Virginia, that was set aside by the federal government in the 1950s to build an airport. Protests from residents, as well as the rapid expansion of Washington’s suburbs led to the construction of Dulles International Airport on its current site in Chantilly.
The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, muskie, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and walleye. Bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl can often be seen, including common, red-breasted, and hooded mergansers; common and red-throated loons; bufflehead, ruddy, and ring-necked ducks; and gadwall, pied-billed, and horned grebes. The loop trail traverses the lake and is well marked and easy to follow. It is very popular with local residents."