Burke Lake Park

Donovans Corner, Virginia 22153

Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park Professional Guide

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"If there was ever a “family” ride, the Burke Lake loop is it. The loop takes riders on a mostly flat path along flower gardens. You’ll enjoy the panoramic vistas of Burke Lake, a man-made body of water that also serves as one of the busiest fishing reservoirs in the metro Washington, DC area."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press)
Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper
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"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
Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area (Falcon Guides)
Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez
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"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

Burke Lake Park Reviews

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My son and I started from the South Run Park entrance which is poorly marked. You can do the loop only by entering Burke Lake Park from Route 123. The loop path is level and smooth. The Park facilities on the south side of the lake make for a nice recreational stop if you are riding with a teen or younger. The north side of the lake has wood exercise station stops which is unique in my trail travels. These stops are a must for joggers, but also relevant to bikers seeking to excercise and tone all parts of your body. In my opinion, this trail would be best to ride when there is less than full foliage (autumn, winter, early spring) since the trees obstruct a view of the lake in many instances. RZ

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Trail Information

Donovans Corner
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Riding Time
Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating, Fishing, Biking
Additional Use
South Run Park
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Dec 2018