Burke Lake Park

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Burke Lake Park
Burke Lake Park Railroad (14182084667).jpg
Burke Lake Railroad
Location Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 38°45′18″N 77°17′46″W / 38.755114°N 77.296096°W / 38.755114; -77.296096Coordinates: 38°45′18″N 77°17′46″W / 38.755114°N 77.296096°W / 38.755114; -77.296096
Area 888-acre (3.59 km2)
Operated by Fairfax County Park Authority
Open All year
Website Official site

Burke Lake Park is a public park located in Fairfax county, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. It encompasses Burke Lake. The Fairfax County public park is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). It was built on land that was purchased by the federal government in the 1950s for an international airport, before the site of Dulles Airport was chosen as a replacement.[1]

Many activities and facilities are offered by the park.
The Golf Club (at the north entrance on Ox Rd) includes an 18-hole par 3 golf course, a driving range, and a clubhouse with snack bar.
The main (middle entrance, $10/veh.) leads to the Ranger Station, camp store, & Nature Center, miniature train, carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, open fields, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, amphitheater, miniature golf course, camp grounds, miles of trails, and marina. Nominal fees are required for boat rentals, camping, carousel, train and other activities.
The southmost Ox Rd entrance is to a second, public boat launch/ramp. A 4.68-mile (7.53 km) trail surrounds the lake starting at the marina parking lot, crossing both launch ramps, and most of the activity areas.
The park also has a famous 2.98-mile (4.80 km) high school cross country race course. The park hosts many Conference and Regional level races, while also holding the historic Monroe Parker Invitational.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Burke International Airport Proposal, Land Auction Announcement". A Look Back at Braddock District History. Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. Retrieved 6 Mar 2011. 
  2. ^ "Burke Lake 2.98 Mile Course". Retrieved 2017-01-11. 

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