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Burke Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.4 mile 7.0 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 72' 22 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 340' 104 m
Low: 315' 96 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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One of the best hikes in Northern Virginia.

Peter Magnuson

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.

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.

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May 24, 2020
Whitney H
May 15, 2020
Daytona Rose
Jan 11, 2020
Terri Mc
Great place to walk a puppy
Sep 15, 2019
Dave Beck
Sep 10, 2019
Dave Beck
Jun 23, 2019
D E
Jun 15, 2019
Keith Welch
4.4mi — 1h 30m
Dec 27, 2018
Nick Barendregt
Nice walk along the lake; a good way to pass time without being too taxing. 4.4mi

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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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