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South Run Stream Valley Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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5.1 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 103' 31 m
Descent: -210' -64 m
High: 319' 97 m
Low: 167' 51 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by Victor Stephenson

The South Run Stream Valley Trail runs from Burke Lake past Lake Mercer and another 2 miles beyond.

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This 5.1-mile trail begins near the dam at the south end of Burke Lake. It intersects there with the Burke Lake Trail. Elevation changes throughout its length are mild. Most of the trail runs through woods and parallels South Run Stream.

Near the South Run Recreation Center the Lake Mercer South Loop Trail branches off to the south side of Lake Mercer and then rejoins the South Run Stream Valley Trail at the Lake Mercer Dam allowing for a loop around Lake Mercer. The South Run Stream Valley Trail continues around the north side of Lake Mercer and continues eastward for another 2 miles beyond ending at Rushing Creek Road.

The first 1.5 miles are paved and more than doubletrack wide. Then there is a short .15 mile section of gravel service road. The trail then returns to paved, doubletrack+ width for the next 2.85 miles. At that point, it crosses South Run stream and becomes paved singletrack for its remainder.

Flora & Fauna

The trail traverses a deciduous forest with many small animals such as birds and squirrels.

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Jan 24, 2017
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Bridge over small stream.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA
Paved pathway typical of South Run Stream Valley Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail heading east. Stream Crossing.
Oct 12, 2016 near Lorton, VA
Trail Intersection: South Run Stream Valley Trail and Lake Mercer (South) Trail at north side of Lake Mercer Dam.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail heading east. Singletrack paved.
Oct 12, 2016 near Lorton, VA
Unpaved section of trail (service road). Trail is in great shape. Easy walking/running.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA

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