Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park
Burke Lake Park is a family-fun gem in the southern part of Fairfax county. The fitness trail is accessible throughout the park, but I personally set out from either the marina or from the train/carousel area. From the train/carousal, I do cut across the frisbee golf course, which probably isn’t a great idea if the course is busy. I’ve survived so far!

I have walked (partially) around the trail with both a stroller and carrier. Depending on your child and what you are comfortable with, either works! A stroller with larger wheels (BOB, CityMini, or something like it) will conquer the gravelly path a bit better than your standard click-and-go. This park is wonderful for families and babes of all ages. If your babe has an issue with loud noises, the train may not be the best choice, as there is a loud train horn and a tunnel. There are many fine areas for picnicking and lounging, with and without shade.

Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park

7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (South of Fairfax City/Burke)

Free for all during weekdays Weekend and holiday cost is $10/car for NON-Fairfax county residents Strollers with larger wheels and carriers recommended for walking the trail

Park Hours:

8:00 am – 6:30 pm (Sunrise – Sunset)

 

Seasonal Park Features’ Hours:
 
April 4 – May 24, Weekends only
Train/Carousel 11:15 am – 5:30 pm. Rides alternate start times on the quarter hours.
Ice Cream Parlor 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mini-Golf 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (last play can be as early as 6:00 depending on sunset)
May 25 – September 7, Daily
Train/Carousel 11:15 am – 5:30 pm. Rides alternate start times on the quarter hours.
Ice Cream Parlor 11:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm weekends
Mini-Golf 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (last play at 7:00 pm)
Camping available daily April 17 – September 7
Parking is open and can be plentiful, but on nice weekends and holiday weekends the park will be very busy. Parking lots are located near the marina, the mini-golf/carousel/train area, and near the playgrounds.
There is a restroom inside the ice cream parlor building.

 

Features & Activities
Open daily:
A 4.7 mile fitness trail is open year-round and circles the lake. The trail is not paved and there can be lots of natural debris, however, you will see many walkers, runners (with and without a jogging stroller – it can be done!), and bikers. The trail has wonderful views of the water and occasional benches to take a rest.
There are three playgrounds with slides and climbing structures. No swings!
There is a Frisbee Golf Course, in the woods, between the train/carousel area and the lake.

 

Open seasonally:
Carousel ($1.75 Cash – no credit, free for under 2 years)
Train ride ($2.50 Cash – no credit, free for under 2 years)
Mini-Golf ($7 Adults, $6 Juniors/Seniors)
Ice Cream Parlor
Marina with fishing, rowboat rentals, boating – No swimming! Prices vary, check website for more information
Camping ($28/night)
Amphitheater with various events during the spring and summer

Sara

Sara

Sara worked as an art educator in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She is from Nebraska and went to college in Minnesota, where she met her husband, and has one daughter, born December 2013. She loves to draw, paint, knit scarves, and is learning to quilt. She watches too much TV, loves wine, trashy historical romance books, space operas, and plays World of Warcraft. Her local favorite is Meadowlark Gardens, which can be a hassle to get to visit with a babe but is always worth the drive.Her favorite time to create is when the house is quiet.
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