Burke Lake Park
[ 7315 Ox Road ] [ Fairfax Station, VA 22039 ] [ 703-323-6600 ]
2015 Operating Hours
May 25- Sep 7
Memorial Day - Labor Day
|Sep 8 - Nov 1||All facilities except campgrounds||Weekends|
|Nov 2-Apr 2016||All facilities||Closed|
|Year Round||Park grounds||Open daily sunrise to sunset|
- The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Please be aware that these times change throughout the year. The park gates are closed at sunset, and the park is closed at dark to all traffic: pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles.
- The park is closed on December 25.
- When bad weather strikes, the park may need to alter the normal operating schedule. Call the Information Center, 703-323-6600, to determine the status during inclement weather.
- There is no charge for Fairfax County residents.
Charge for non-county residents on weekends and holidays
only (no charge on weekdays), April through late October:
Vehicle Type Fee Car $10.00 Motorcycle $5.00 Large Capacity Van $10.00 Bus $40.00
Picnic groups and birthday parties (on weekends and
holidays): Individuals attending picnics and birthday parties
who are non-county residents are also subject to pay the $10
non-county resident fee. Those having parties at Burke Lake Park
may pay the gate fee for their non-county resident guests by
downloading the Gate
Pre-Payment Form and following directions at the top of the
Multiple surrounding jurisdictions around Fairfax County no longer require county property tax stickers on their vehicle. Please have your driver's license available to show the gate attendant.
Burke Lake Park welcomes large groups to enjoy its facilities. When you are planning an outing to Burke Lake Park, please call our information office ahead of time. This will help us to schedule appropriate staff to make your visit more enjoyable. Large groups that arrive unannounced may overwhelm our scheduled staff, especially if two groups coincide. We would be more than happy to discuss options for the use of the specific facilities you plan to use. We do not charge an additional fee for large groups.
Planning ahead enables us to provide high quality customer service and allows your group to stay together. Please call our information office at 703-323-6600, or stop by, to discuss your next outing.
If your school group/day camp/large group plan to visit the park Monday - Friday, please complete and return this Request for Activities Form. Do not use this form if you are a group that has reserved a picnic area, unless a majority of your group plans to use a certain facility at one time. This is a request form only. It is not a reservation. PLEASE FAX THIS REQUEST TO 703-653-7032.
The TRAIN runs on the 15 and 45 past the hour. The CAROUSEL runs on the hour and half hour.
For facility hours of operation, visit:
About Our 888 Acres
A 218-acre lake with fishing, boating, rowboat rental, camping, a miniature train, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, open fields, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, clubhouse with snack bar and driving range, disk golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, trails, amphitheater, and miniature golf course. Swimming and windsurfing are prohibited.
Lake Burke is owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the surrounding park land comprising Burke Lake Park is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA).
Many of the rules and regulations including the operating hours concerning the lake, fishing, the VDGIF public boat launch and parking area are established by the VDGIF and may vary from the rules, regulations and hours established by the FCPA for Burke Lake Park. The Game Department also owns 50 feet of shore line surrounding the lake and the parking lot/boat ramp that is south of the main park entrance. VDGIF considers Lake Burke to be a fishing lake as it is funded by fees from fishing licenses, not a lake for recreational use. The VDGIF does allow kayaks as long as the person is actively fishing from their kayak. More information on Burke Lake may be obtained by visiting the VDGIF web page. Fishing license information may also be found at that site.
The Information Center is located at the entrance of the park once you pass through the gate, on your right hand side.
Burke Lake Fitness Trails are the Best!
|Download Trail Map|
Across America, the word is out - Burke Lake Park boasts one of the 10 best fitness trails in the nation. That’s the assessment of the American Hiking Society, after its trail specialists hiked high and low to find top 10 candidates in or near a major metropolitan area (close enough to use before or after work or on lunch hours) with portions that can be completed in 60-90 minutes.
Just 25 minutes from Washington, D.C., the Burke Lake Loop Trail follows the shoreline 4.7 miles around the lake, with bays jutting out from the main body of water that provide a welcome sense of solitude. Gravel surfaced for most of its length, Burke Lake’s loop trail is “a fine choice for either a brisk walk or a run,” plus it’s also suitable for biking.