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Burke Lake! An Easy and Newbie Friendly 7 Mile Sneaker Hike

  • 6 days ago · 10:00 AM
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Beautiful Burke Lake Area Trails! An Easy and Newbie Friendly 7 Mile Sneaker Hike

Burke Lake Park is Located About 20 Miles Southwest of Washington in Fairfax County

Burke Lake Park consists of a 220-acre man-made lake enveloped by almost 700 acres of woodlands remarkably, much of the 40-year-old, county-managed park remains undeveloped and unvisited. Our main route primarily follows the lakeshore, so that hikers encounter few other people. This hike is a 1.35-mile jaunt from South Run park to the entrance of Burke Lake Park. The trail around Burke Lake is a 5.1-mile loop consisting of most of the lakeshore path followed by a brief detour, bringing our total mileage to 7 miles and some change. You’ll spend most of your trail time in the woods, surrounded by young oaks and other deciduous trees, as well as a scattering of conifers. In the warm-season months, expect to have wildflowers and birds for company (the island in the lake is a state waterfowl refuge). You may even see a deer or two on the path from South Run to Burke Lake. Hiking boots are not necessary for this hike as sneakers will do just fine.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Annandale
Scenery: Woodlands and lake glimpses
Length: 7.35 total miles
Elevation Gain: Very Minimal
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Trail Type: Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly Sneaker Hike
Trail Surface: Sneaker Friendly and mostly paved, some fine gravel; some dirt and sand.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Fairfax
Topo Map: Burke Lake Park Topographic Map
Facilities: Toilets, water, phones at the marina; toilets off the trail at campground, picnic area.

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
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for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. 

For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station —  8:30 a.m. 

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charitable organization, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s mission. All MAHG events serve as micro-fundraisers to help support our mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations are tax deductible.

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Please take the hike leader(s) number with you and enjoy the hike!


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  • Tammi

    I had forgotten how beautiful Burke lake park is. So glad I was reintroduced to this place! The distance could seem a bit challenging for newbies like myself but the trail was pretty flat throughout so it didn't feel too difficult. Toby also did awesome job of keeping our pace at where everyone felt comfortable. I had a well spent Saturday with wonderful group of people in beautiful nature!

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Leslie

    For a newbie it was awesome. Great group of people and wonderful weather.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Al W.

    windy, clear day for a hike

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Toby

    Fun day for a hike around Burke Lake! Started out windy but was milder in the woods, saw ducks and geese, and the park was celebrating Winter Wonderland with the holiday train, tractor rides, carousel rides, and other activities off the trail. Thanks to Al for sweeping and to all for coming, good company for a good hike! I've posted my pics and enjoying yours. See you again next time!

    6 days ago

  • J O.

    Super big thank you to Toby for sharing her Saturday by volunteering to lead this hike, and Al for generously sweeping. Beautiful, crisp early winter morning. Much appreciated.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Leslie

    This will be my first hike with this group. I am so looking forward to this!

    1 · December 2

  • Lauren

    Is anyone carpooling from DC?

    December 1

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