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Burke Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.1 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the best runs in Northern Virginia.


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4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

100%

Runnable

340' 104 m

High

315' 96 m

Low

72' 22 m

Up

73' 22 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Another great Northern VA lake trail. This is mostly doubletrack with a couple of paved sections near both ends of the lake. It's well maintained and generally not too rocky or rooty. This trail can get extremely busy on a nice weekend so you need to watch for dogs, children and bikes. There is a fitness course along the route, too, if you want to challenge yourself a bit more.

Need to Know

This trail is pretty straight forward--a loop around the lake. In the summer months, there is a snack bar where you can grab a drink. It's near the mini-golf parking lot. This park does host high school cross country races during the season although they don't use the entire trail.

Runner Notes

This trail can be rocky and rooty in places. It is mostly doubletrack, but it is paved in a few places. No climbs make this a flat, quick run.

Description

This trail has it all: dirt sections, paved sections, a campground, boat launch and even a train! This is a popular trail in the area, so it does get crowded on nice weekends. The trail itself winds all the way around the lake. There is a main parking lot to the park, but you can also access the trail from the campground.

Contacts

Shared By:

Peter Magnuson with improvements by Dave Beck

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 34 votes

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  4.1 from 34 votes
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Photos

Great Blue Heron
Apr 30, 2015 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail begins at intersection with Burke Lake Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Burke, VA
The view of Burke Lake from the dam.
Jan 23, 2017 near Burke, VA
Lakeview from the northern end
Jul 8, 2018 near Burke, VA
Beautiful woods
Jul 8, 2018 near Burke, VA
Street shoulder parking near beginning of South Run Stream Valley Trail and Burke Lake Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Burke, VA

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Jul 3, 2020
John Johnson
Jun 21, 2019
Ashley Whisonant
6.9mi
Mar 2, 2019
K Scott
Very muddy. Some stretches I had to wade through huge mud puddles using logs or roots. But worth it! 5mi
Aug 19, 2018
Sharjeel Aziz
4.4mi
Aug 4, 2018
Justin Gamero
Jul 8, 2018
Jolene K
Nice park. Very easy trails but very busy. $10 admission for non-Fairfax County residents. 4.1mi — 1h 52m
Dec 26, 2017
Erik S
4.4mi — 0h 41m
Jul 27, 2017
Jen O.
4.7mi