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South Run Stream Valley Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.1 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
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.

Victor Stephenson

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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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
Bridge over small stream.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail heading east. Stream Crossing.
Oct 12, 2016 near Lorton, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail heading east. Main trail on right.
Oct 12, 2016 near Lorton, VA
North & South Mercer Lake Loop Trails intersection. Keep left to follow South Trail. You'll return on the North Trail.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA

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