Reston Home Insider: Places to go — Burke Lake Park

I was driving back from a listing appointment today and saw signs for Burke Lake Park, so I took a quick driving tour. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before! It’s a gorgeous setting just 25 minutes from Reston and offers so much to do. There is no entrance fee for Fairfax County Residents. Non-residents are free on weekdays; $10 entrance fee on weekends. The Park also hosts special events like Fall Family Campouts and Campfire Saturdays including s’mores! Read below for more details.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority

Trail: The 5-mile loop is mostly flat, shaded and offers great views of the lake plus opportunities to see deer, ducks and geese. Open to walkers and bikers. Bring your dog — I know mine would love to jump in the lake!

Ice Cream Parlor: Recently renovated from top to bottom with a train theme. Such a fun spot to take the kids after a day at the park and of course a ride on the train (see next section.) The parlor offers pizza and coffee in addition to traditional frozen treats.

Photo via Fairfax County Park Authority

Train & Carousel: The mini train has also been renovated recently and runs a 1.75-mile/10-minute loop around the park and reaches a top speed of 12 miles per hour. Fee is $5 per person. The carousel is free for kids under 2 years old, $4 for all others. It can be rented for private birthday parties.

Fishing/Marina: The lake is 218 acres with over 5 miles of fishing shoreline and a boat launching dock plus a new pier. Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy some time on the water.

Campground: The park offers 100 wooded camping sites each with a grill, picnic table and fire ring. RVs up to 25 feet are permitted.

Stay tuned for pictures and details from my first “real” trip there with the family and dogs — Burke Lake Park is truly an oasis so close to home!

Lynn Cooper is a licensed REALTOR in Virginia with McEnearney Associates in McLean. Whether buying or selling, Lynn is 100% committed to her clients before, during and after the transaction. Connect with Lynn at 202-489-7894, [email protected] or @lynncooperrealestate.

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