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South Run Stream Valley Trail

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


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5.1

Miles

8.1

KM

99%

Runnable

319' 97 m

High

167' 51 m

Low

103' 31 m

Up

210' 64 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

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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Shared By:

Victor Stephenson

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Photos

Foggy Lake Mercer on a warm, January day.
Jan 4, 2020 near Burke, VA
Bridge across small tributary flowing into South Run Stream.
Oct 13, 2016 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail heading east. Singletrack paved.
Oct 12, 2016 near Lorton, VA
Paved pathway typical of South Run Stream Valley Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail on left. Lake Mercer (South) Trail on right crossing Lake Mercer Dam.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail: gravel doubletrack ends and paved doubletrack begins.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA

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