Past Meetup

Burke Lake (Rating: D)

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NOTE START TIME 10:00 a.m. This is a 5-mile hike with essentially no elevation change. It normally can be done in about 2.5 hours. Pace will be about 2.5 miles an hour when moving. We will meet at Burke Lake Ice Cream Parlor parking lot near the far end. 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, the first left turn is the golf road. Do not turn there. Take the next left turn and follow the road as it curves right and you will see the large parking lot as well as the building housing the facilities. We congregate in the parking lot toward the end. There are restrooms in the ice cream parlor building.

Please arrive a few minutes before 10:00 to allow time to sign in. We will leave promptly at 10:00. We can stop half way for snacks, depending on the group's wishes. Good hike for a beginner. Sneakers or hiking shoes. Bring water and a snack! There is no place during the winter to get water or a snack but there is another restroom about ¾ of the way through the hike at the Marina. With the wind coming across the lake it will be cold so dress accordingly.

If you would like to bring a dog, please read the NVHC Dog Policy.

Liz M –[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.


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.