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Burke Lake (Rating: D)
NOTE START TIME 9:30. This is a 5 miles hike with minimal elevation change. Pace will be about 2.5 miles an hour when moving. We will meet at the parking lot near the Marina. Enter the park at the Burke Lake Park Entrance on Ox Road (Route 123). If using a GPS to find the park, just key in Burke Lake Park. More directions are below. After entering the park, go straight following the road as it curves right and goes into the marina parking lot. This will be the first parking lot (not counting some parking along the side of the road) that you come to. We congregate at the area soon after entering the parking lot. There are restrooms if you continue into the parking lot towards the lake, by the marina. Please arrive a few minutes before 9:30 to allow time to sign in. We will leave promptly at 9:30. We can stop half way for snacks, depending of the group's wishes. Good hike for a beginner. Sneakers or hiking shoes. Bring water! There is no place to get water or use the restroom until the very end of the hike. If you would like to bring a dog, please call Dotty at[masked],. Please check for messages about hike-related weather situations. We will message the evening prior, by 8:00 p.m. if there is any question about the hike being canceled. Typically we hike in drizzle. Looking forward, Dotty Smith[masked] Marty Rine[masked] Note: Admission to Burke Lake Park is free for Fairfax County residents at all times. There is no charge for out-of-county residents on weekdays, except for a few holidays during the warmer months. On the weekends during the warmer months and those couple of holidays, there usually is $10.00 a car fee for those from outside of Fairfax County. Directions: From I-95 Take exit #160 (Route 123 North). The sign will say Woodbridge, Occoquan, and Lake Ridge. Follow 123 North (Ox Road) for 7.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. (If you see the golf course, then you have gone too far. The golf course entrance is the next right off Route 123; this is beyond the park entrance. Good place to turn around, if need be.) From the Beltway (495) and From Washington D.C. (395) Take the Braddock Road West exit (Exit 54, VA-620) and travel approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Burke Lake Road (at Kings Park Shopping Center). Follow Burke Lake Road for 5 miles. Turn left onto Route 123 South (Ox Road). The golf course entrance is the first left off Route 123. The park entrance is the second left off Route 123. From Route 66 Take the Fairfax County Parkway, Exit 55A (Route 286 South towards Springfield). Continue on the Fairfax County Parkway for approximately 5 miles. Take a right onto Burke Lake Road. At the next light, turn left onto Ox Road (Route 123). The golf course entrance is the first left off Ox Road. The park entrance is the second left off Ox Road.

Burke Lake Park

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