"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." Read more
"This ride isn't designated for thrill seekers and singletrack lovers. Instead, it reveals the lighter side of off-road bicycle riding, leading cyclists on a pleasant off-road trip past flower gardens and lakeside vistas. The route is mostly flat and smooth, traveling along well maintained dirt paths around Burke Lake or meandering along South Run on a paved bicycle path. If you get eager to take on some rough stuff, simply cut out from the South Run bicycle path near South Run District Park and take on the rugged, hilly singletrack beneath the power lines. There's plenty for off-road cyclists to do along this easy route to and from Burke Lake, so bring the family and enjoy the ride." Read more